Spectators Balcony (Spotters Corner)If you're not a professional pilot but want to discuss issues about the job, this is the best place to loiter. You won't be moved on by 'security' and there'll be plenty of experts to answer any questions.
Hi Everyone, Just thought I would throw this one out to you; anyone noticed that A3 Sentry aircraft are being painted in civilian colour schemes (and very colourful too?)all of a sudden? (highly unusual!!)?
Just wondered if anyone knows why and if it has anything to do with the olympics and aviation security??
I'll bite; it's not too difficult to find out on google that there is one E3 painted in a colourful NATO E-3A component 25th anniversary scheme since 2007. Nothing civilian, and hardly "all of a sudden".
nah its not is just like all the knobbers that ask about the other assets which we all know about as pro crew and ATC but don't talk about.
Paint an aircraft like a cadburys dairy milk, fly it around olympic venues everyone thinks its advertising.
Some knob comes on PPRuNe and asks has anyone seen the CDM painted aircraft with the camera mount and 28 antenna's sticking out of it along with a dirty big box with a fan on the front slung underneith. You have just increased the exposure of the asset and potentialy reduced its potential value.
It may be painted in a CDM scheme but if its military, it'll be carrying a military serial number and would have been identified by the many spotters and posted all over the net. I doubt anything can fly in this country without it being seen and photographed. Hope not anyway. BTW, It's E-3.
Wahey! Out of bed on the wrong side today eh mj? I've yet to see an E3 that can be disguised by painting it in civvy colours and I know a lot of these terrorists are thick but they're not that thick! You're talking fluent bollocks mate. And in answer to the original post - no I haven't seen any in civvy colour schemes but there are photos of at least one in an anniversary paint scheme - which I don't think they mind being publicised and I'm pretty sure doesn't compromise national security.
In answer to Mad Jocks reply to Ferret2760-it was stated that he was new to PPRuNe,so I think your reply to him was a bit out of order,you could have steered the guy politely to the Spotters Balcony where his letter would be more appreciated-next time maybe
I think the poor chap means Boeing E3 Sentry aircraft?
The A3 was surely the US Navy version of the Douglas B-66 Sky Warrior. One of my old co-pilots used to fly the A3D version. He reckoned that if the gear collapsed during a carrier landing this stood for All 3 Dead!
Anyway, I just thought I would join in the thread-drift frenzy before the whole lot gets shifted to the Spotters Forum which is where it should have been in the first place!