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Low Level Flying - where did it go and why?

Old 29th Jun 2012, 18:43
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Low Level Flying - where did it go and why?

Reading the two posts here at the moment re Hercs at low level got me thinking.

When I were a lad growing up in Hertfordshire, but a spit and a jump from the Cambridgeshire border, every day was a flying display. Loads of low level stuff, both RAF / USAF.

Everything you can imagine, big and small, fast and slow.

Speak to my mum nowadays and she's lucky if she sees a Cessna.

What happened - and why?

I know low level trips still go on, but why not there?

TN.

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Old 29th Jun 2012, 19:38
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1/ There is now little perceived need to fly really low.

2/ We don't have any planes now, not like the good old days when we could cover the whole country with "the sound of freedom".

3/ The Spams sent almost all their aeroplanes home after the wall came down and so it's still not like the good old days when they had enough aircraft over here to cover the whole of the UK with "the sound of freedom"



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Old 29th Jun 2012, 20:36
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Plenty of low flying rotary here in Hampshire
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You need to paint RAF F*CK OFF in big white letters across the top of your Mums roof, preferably not facing a road, that is normally guaranteed to attract them, at least in the short term.


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Old 29th Jun 2012, 22:19
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My mum is far too polite for that.................................
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Today's pilots, like nostalgia, just aren't what they used to be...
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Old 29th Jun 2012, 22:35
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No aircraft

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No low flying

Who the f is in charge of the RAF?
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'Nail and Head' come to mind newt...................

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I think BAe run it these days
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Old 29th Jun 2012, 23:10
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Newt - the politicians are in charge as always. Try the following comparison

1982
Margaret Thatcher PM Research Chemist
Willie Whitelaw DPM, Home Sec 6th Guards Tanks, Normandy-Germany, MC
Francis Pym - Foreign Sec 9th Lancers WWII, MM
John Nott - Def Sec 4 years Gurkha Rifles, 1950s
Norman Tebbit Employment Sec RAF Pilot, Meteors, Vampires, Mosquito
Michael Havers Attorney Gen Midshipman WWII
etc

2012
David Cameron PM PR Wonk
Nick Clegg DPM Lobbyist for Ghadaffi's Libya 1992-3
William Hague Foreign Sec Management Consultant
Philip Hammond Def Sec Medical Equipment firm director

etc
only Iain Duncan Smith has any Service time, 6 years Scots Guards, so he's doing pensions.

And remember that Tony Blair even skived off CCF at a school where it was compulsory.

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My mum is far too polite for that.................................
Did I mention telling her?
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Old 30th Jun 2012, 10:01
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Pretty much this.

Our wonderful government instituted the complete demise of around 50% of the jets who regularly frequented England and Wales. They've also sacked a bunch of pilots as well via cuts and redundancy. The poor effect all of this has had on morale is driving even more to the exits.

With limited resources and an emphasis on ML ops in Afghanistan (as was in Libya also) it is unsurprising that hardly any low flying occurs now.

Eventually we will be relying solely on TV, pictures and the two or so official air shows the RAF are allowed, per year, to convince the UK taxpayer that we even fly aircraft in an offensive role. Like NZ, eventually the number of transports/helos will outnumber the jets and we all know what happened to the latter....

I think its about time some hard-nosed military folk became politicians, got into power and sorted this bunch out once and for all.
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I think its about time some hard-nosed military folk became politicians, got into power and sorted this bunch out once and for all.

That's sorted then, Buster for PM, heck, he cannot be as bad at that as he is at Golf or Caption competitions.


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Still seems to go on in Wales occasionaly!

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Still seems to go on in Wales occasionaly!
That's just subjugation.
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gee that comment about New Zealand seems to be spot on.

in my own country, we have cutbacks scheduled too.

BUT

I am reminded in history of how the worm turns...if you will:

1. which side was japan on in the Great War?

2. 19 years after the fighting stopped, Japan bombed and sank a US ship.

3. Russia and China were part of the allies during the Second World War...and 5 years later, after the USA had reduced its military dramatically, the US was fighting China, Russia and North Korea.

In other words...your friends can become your enemies, your enemies your friends and the best advice is: Be Prepared.
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icbm - "I think its about time some hard-nosed military folk became politicians, got into power and sorted this bunch out once and for all"

Do you really think there are such people in the military? When we hear on an almost daily basis the huge waste of resources from the military chiefs and together with the seemingly crass decisions on equipment needs then I seriously doubt it. And please do not try and blame the politicians, it is surely the military top brass that make the list of needed equipment and they have to decide what is needed within the budget constraints.

Good luck any way!

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WH,

Do you really think there are such people in the military? When we hear on an almost daily basis the huge waste of resources from the military chiefs and together with the seemingly crass decisions on equipment needs then I seriously doubt it. And please do not try and blame the politicians, it is surely the military top brass that make the list of needed equipment and they have to decide what is needed within the budget constraints.
Well you see that assumption is the exact problem; it's not the chiefs I refer to. No, not at all because you don't need to be at the top to have a savvy political mind, an impressive grasp of current affairs, a sense of past mistakes and a personal experience of military doctrine that always demands that you are 'prepared' etc etc. In fact, it is better that they are not senior Generals etc because these are at the top of their profession and arguably too late in life to start out on a career in politics.

My point was this WH:

There are truly exceptional, inspiring individuals from within the enlisted and officer ranks of all our services who, if they passionately believed in the political cause, could very well rally and win a seat in parliament. Instead many of those I describe loosely above leave and do something else with their lives because the military, as a way of life for 30+ years, is simply not for them or their families.

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What you really need is a war close to home that would put the willies up the politicians.... Short of invading France or Scotland and arresting Salmond it's never gonna happen.. Thank God
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Good points ICBM
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