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Old 17th Mar 2012, 16:56
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L1011 spares...

Post on Freight Dogs mentions that the RAF are looking around for a new TriStar nose landing gear...
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Old 17th Mar 2012, 17:38
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I thought you were going to say breaking for spares

I wonder if they would pay a facilitators or finders fee?

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Old 17th Mar 2012, 19:25
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L1011 spares...
Wozzat then?
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Old 18th Mar 2012, 07:03
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They're breaking 4 Tristars up here in Taif as I speak. Maybe a swop for some Typhoon parts!
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Old 18th Mar 2012, 08:07
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Isn't there one at an airfield near Cambridge? I'm sure it was perfectly serviceable when it was delivered there, I imagine it'll still be in good working order.
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Old 18th Mar 2012, 11:06
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... unless you're talking about the NAV fit...
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Old 18th Mar 2012, 12:29
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Just how much did the ZD949 fiasco cost the tax payer? Both directly (in terms of the money paid to Marshall Aerospace) and indirectly in terms of the charter flights needed as a result of its non-availability since the time it was due to be handed back to the RAF in 2008?

I'm surprised that this scandal hasn't been exposed more fully.
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Old 18th Mar 2012, 15:29
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That would suggest a modicum of responsibilty for someone... not something those in procurement are likely to accept.
To paraphrase: Defence Procurement is like a giant vampire squid sucking the face off the services..
Of course it's worth remembering that the RAF had to buy the L1011 to make up the 60million shortfall in Thatcher's privatization of B A....
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Old 18th Mar 2012, 18:39
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Silly me, BEags. I must have missed that one. The 'the ZD949 fiasco'? Do tell.
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Old 18th Mar 2012, 18:48
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In the words of Private Eye - I think we should be told
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Old 18th Mar 2012, 20:52
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I could supply a set in serviceable condition right now.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 09:49
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ZD949 fiasco....

October 2006 - Marshall Aerospace is awarded a 22M contract to upgrade the RAF TriStars' avionics and FMS including a 'glass cockpit' as the 'MMR upgrade'. This should have been a relatively low-risk programme as it used elements of the C-130 cockpit upgrade already underway for the RNAF.

November 2007 - ZD949 arrives at Cambridge for the trial installation with a planned completion date of Q3 2008 at which time the second TriStar would begin conversion.

2008 came and went.

2009 came and went.

January 2010 - ZD949 finally makes its first flight with the MMR upgrade.

October 2010 - SDSR indicates that the TriStar will start to leave RAF service in 2013; TriStar MMR programme is to be discontinued.

December 2010 - After 100 hours of flight test, ZD949 finally passes MoD review and is due to be back in service in Spring 2011.

2011 - Due to the change in out-of-service date now planned for the TriStar and with the A330MRTT due in service by the end of the year, ZD949 remains at Cambridge in a pristine state under 'storage' and is to be 'reduced to spares' - a euphemism for being scrapped - as it would be too expensive to convert it back to its original state.

October 2011 - A330MRTT now 'Voyager' fails to meet release to service date; now expected to be 'sometime in January 2012'.

January 2012 - Voyager still not in service.

February 2012 - Voyager still not in service.

So, after already being 2 years late, an expensive MMR update for the TriStar was cancelled due to SDSR and Voyager timetables. Nearly 18 months later and pressure on the TriStar fleet remains intense as Voyager is still not flying with the RAF; the VC10, despite once carrying royalty, is no longer deemed acceptable to carry passengers due to the decision of the MAA.




Please correct this post if I've included anything incorrect.

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Old 19th Mar 2012, 10:16
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Beags,

And you can add to that:

March 2012 - Voyager still not in service

(Although there is one parked in the AirTanker hangar at Brize Norton)
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 11:59
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As A330 is contracted, there should be a pentalty clause for non-delivery of said product and the customer should now be getting money back..will be RAF be in credit soon ?

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Old 19th Mar 2012, 13:05
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I think the only thing that turns up on time in/for the RAF, is the AFPRB.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 17:03
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I believe I'm right in suggesting that the current A330 delays have nothing to do with Air Tanker.....?
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 17:12
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I believe you are correct, Stoppers..... The delays are emphatically through no fault of ATrS.

Enjoying yourself on the 737?
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 17:22
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Dare we ask what the delay is then ?
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 17:30
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We dare not......

Yes thanks BEags - not as much fun as the fun days of the RAF but those days are long gone now!
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 18:33
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But about this landing gear...
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