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A38lephant
14th Aug 2006, 21:27
Now, this has come from my girlfriend, so it is likely to be her getting confused/hallucinating but she thought she was escorted out of edi on this mornings Easyjet flight to Bristol by two "fighter plane things" (her words) - I struggle to (in fact I don't) believe this. Anyone know if this is true or not?? cheers. :suspect:

Hooligan Bill
15th Aug 2006, 05:56
A pair of Hawks departed Edinburgh on a routine flight to RAF Valley yesterday morning. They were at the back of a queue of commercial traffic at the hold, so may have given the impression they were following something.

A38lephant
15th Aug 2006, 17:35
Thanks Hooligan,thought it may be something like that!

BEagle
15th Aug 2006, 19:46
Hawks? Or "fighter plane things"

A puny little barely-swept wing subsonic trainer is hardly a 'fighter', no matter what some might think.

Speedpig
15th Aug 2006, 20:21
Hawks? Or "fighter plane things"
A puny little barely-swept wing subsonic trainer is hardly a 'fighter', no matter what some might think.
Even a girlie Beags?

hobie
15th Aug 2006, 20:45
A38, give the gal in your life this add'y so she can be fully briefed next time she runs into Hawks flying around the place .... ;)

http://www.armedforces.co.uk/raf/listings/l0027.html

matt_hooks
15th Aug 2006, 20:47
Hawks? Or "fighter plane things"
A puny little barely-swept wing subsonic trainer is hardly a 'fighter', no matter what some might think.

Erm...

The Hawk is a pretty capable aircraft, and in it's various guises THE most successful jet fighter trainer in the last three decades! I believe there is a proper fighter variant that is used by several smaller national air forces too!

And as for subsonic? IIRC the max mach no is M1.2!

Okay so that might be in a full power dive, but still makes it a supersonic aircraft!

We must remember that the average female doesn't know what car she drives other than the colour, so you can hardly expect them to tell the difference between a fighter and a fighter/trainer!

MercenaryAli
15th Aug 2006, 20:57
Originally posted by Matt Hooks
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We must remember that the average female doesn't know what car she drives other than the colour, so you can hardly expect them to tell the difference between a fighter and a fighter/trainer!

Exactly I remember a certain lady who, at a time when the dear old DC-10 was going through a bad patch of publicity, due to several accidents/incidents, offloaded herself from a perfectly serviceable L-1011 because it "looked too much like a DC-10 for comfort" :ugh:

WindSheer
15th Aug 2006, 21:32
Just seen a news article:

"Ezy passenger terror as 737 is followed by two trainer type fighter jet thingy's....."

They must have been checking this site out again...;)

WHBM
15th Aug 2006, 21:56
"Ezy passenger terror as 737 is followed by two trainer type fighter jet thingy's....."
You've missed the full quote, which was of course .....
"Ezy passenger terror as 737 is followed by two trainer type fighter jet thingy's. There were screams as the plane PLUNGED, the pilots GRIMLY WRESTLED WITH THE CONTROLS, and (inevitably) they NARROWLY MISSED A SCHOOL.

Chesty Morgan
15th Aug 2006, 21:57
Tsk WHBM - "Heroic Pilots":cool:

Phileas Fogg
15th Aug 2006, 21:59
But was it a 737, could have been two fighter thingy's chasing a minibus thingy :)

MrBernoulli
15th Aug 2006, 23:23
....... perhaps they were BIG missiles! :eek:

Groundloop
16th Aug 2006, 09:16
But was it a 737, could have been two fighter thingy's chasing a minibus thingy :)

Just be thankful it wasn't described as a "jumbo jet"!

WindSheer
16th Aug 2006, 09:21
Is EDI, an EZY base....if it is then it could be a 73, otherwise it was one of the BRS '19's.

Just Browsing
16th Aug 2006, 10:01
EDI is an ezy base and I believe they are fully Airbus now.

JB

saman
16th Aug 2006, 10:27
As to a Hawk not being a dangerous, nasty fighter thingy, would anyone stand in front of the pointy end whilst someone in the driver's seat presses the big button marked "Make a noise with the Aden thingy"?.
I don't think so. It could make a terrible mess of a nasty 737 whatsit or even a bootiful shiny new Airbus whatitsname.
Even today, an SE5A will kill you if the bullet gets too close!

GonzoXL5
16th Aug 2006, 13:37
How about this then...

A tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday when an easyjet airbus was pursued by two RAF fighters.

Capable of being armed with an Aden canon and sidewinder missiles the RAF Hawk has the potential to be a particularly fearsome aircraft.

An aviation expert from the Pprune network offered the opinion that it had the potential to "make a terrible mess".

ComJam
16th Aug 2006, 16:17
Beagle

Don't think the Omani's would agree old chap.

aviate1138
16th Aug 2006, 16:31
Hawks? Or "fighter plane things"
A puny little barely-swept wing subsonic trainer is hardly a 'fighter', no matter what some might think.
Don't some of them have a gun that actually works? :)
Aviate1138

MerchantVenturer
16th Aug 2006, 19:23
EDI is an ezy base and I believe they are fully Airbus now.

All the EDI-BRS flights are operated by BRS-based A319s.

tony draper
16th Aug 2006, 20:59
They are two seaters int they?, pilot in front and TV personality in the back.
Neat little airyplane IMHO,be a toss up betwixt one of them or a Phantom when one wins the lottery.
:rolleyes:

Grainger
16th Aug 2006, 21:19
EDI is an ezy base and I believe they are fully Airbus now.Maybe if you go to Gatwick you get a nice shiny new Airbus, but last time I went to Luton (god what a shithole) it was still a manky 737 :yuk:

G-CPTN
16th Aug 2006, 21:23
ANOTHER discard from the PROFESSIONAL pilots' forum!

Hawks? Or "fighter plane things"
A puny little barely-swept wing subsonic trainer is hardly a 'fighter', no matter what some might think.

They don't seem to be aware that several countries have Hawks with bangie thingies.

Armament

* 1× 30 mm ADEN cannon, in centreline pod
* Up to 6,800 lb (3,085 kg) of weapons on five hardpoints, including:
o 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder or ASRAAM on wing pylons and wingtip rails
* 1,500 lb (680 kg), limited to one centreline and two wing pylons (Hawk T.1)