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BUMPFF
16th Feb 2006, 11:10
The 'Times' this morning:

"British troops land in Kabul... The first group of 150 combat troops... landed in an RAF Trident aircraft..."

Krystal n chips
16th Feb 2006, 11:38
Look, it's got three engines and it was operated by the RAF-----how much more accuracy do you want from a journo FFS ! ;) :hmm:

ORAC
16th Feb 2006, 11:57
I know the military's inventory is old, but...

First flight Trident 1964; First flight VC10: 1962.... :hmm:

Jo Cover
16th Feb 2006, 13:29
First Spitfire flight c 1936... And their still in service with the RAF BBMF!

HowlingWind
16th Feb 2006, 13:42
Last I saw the Green Goddesses were still serviceable. Handy when the Fire Brigade goes on strike... :uhoh:

ORAC
16th Feb 2006, 13:44
Yeah, but not operationally....

Still, B-52, first flight 1952, planned retirement date 2038. Total 86 years. That´s as if the Lancaster was still in operational service, had been used in GW I and II and was planned to keep flying in the front line till 2025....

Tex37
16th Feb 2006, 14:31
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2042219,00.html

airship
16th Feb 2006, 14:35
Trident Well, maybe they were Royal Marines and the reporter merely assumed that all aircraft which transported marines were...oh, forget it! :(

acbus1
16th Feb 2006, 15:58
Tristar?

Only guessing....maybe they're all tankers now....or maybe that's another type.....or no longer used.

At least the Trident was/is an aeroplane. Thet could've said "Triumph" or something more typically dumb.

barit1
16th Feb 2006, 19:40
I don't think anything beats the Herc - ff 1954 IIRC, and new ones still coming from the barn in Marietta.