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XXV(F) Sqn to reform

Old 1st Aug 2018, 16:26
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XXV(F) Sqn to reform

https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles...y-the-hawk-t2/

I might be biased, but a great decision - Feriens Tego!
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Old 1st Aug 2018, 17:11
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Originally Posted by frodo_monkey View Post
https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles...y-the-hawk-t2/

I might be biased, but a great decision - Feriens Tego!
Always good to see a Sqn reforming, but (and genuine question not being familiar with the current FJ training system), if all the are doing is splitting IV into 2 sqns, how does that increase training capacity? I remember when 28 was deemed to have become too big after the Danish Merlins arrived and the Sqn was split into 2 with 78 standing up. We might have had an extra Sqn, but still the same number of cabs and personnel.
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Is it still the plan for the 2 Sqns to share the same building? And offices?
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Is it still the plan for the 2 Sqns to share the same building? And offices?
Thatís the plan I believe
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So is there any room outside at Valley for a Bloodhound Gate Guard��
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85 was always the premier Bloodhound sqn. Just look at the markings on the one at Cosford.
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Old 2nd Aug 2018, 06:37
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I do wonder how they pick these numbers, especially as the Hawk fleet already has some recent squadron history with 19, 208 et al.
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I do wonder how they pick these numbers, especially as the Hawk fleet already has some recent squadron history with 19, 208 et al.
They have a pack of cards in the MoD with all the retired numberplates on. They pick the next one off the top? :-)
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Strict seniority rules. Especially now they are dropping the (Reserve) monika.
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Strict seniority rules. Especially now they are dropping the (Reserve) monika.
Sure you wouldn't prefer the (original) Monika Live Monika Official Website ?

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I do wonder how they pick these numbers, especially as the Hawk fleet already has some recent squadron history with 19, 208 et al.
Close their eyes and randomly throw 3 darts at a dart board? There's little chance of 180 Sqn
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Strict seniority rules. Especially now they are dropping the (Reserve) monika.
Doubtful given the less-than-continous history of XXV Sqn - 35 years+ sans aircraft.
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Originally Posted by Just This Once... View Post
Doubtful given the less-than-continous history of XXV Sqn - 35 years+ sans aircraft.
Still had a continuity of operational service as a Bloodhound unit. There were a few raised eyebrows when it re-appeared as an F3 squadron back in the late 80s, until it was pointed out that operational service didn't neccessarily mean flying aircraft.

I would have liked to see 111 resurrected, but hey ho!
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Old 3rd Aug 2018, 18:42
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Or 19, 23, 43 or 92...anything but the “glitter band”!

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So is there any room outside at Valley for a Bloodhound Gate Guard��
There is a Tornado in XXV sqn colours at Syerston. The Air Cadets’ favourite Failed To Resettle Successfully Gp Capt has had a monument to himself brought in under the pretence of it being added to the grand Aaron Aerospace Academy white elephant that doesn’t actually exist. He has even had his name stencilled on it. He’s finally shuffling off in a couple of months’ time, so grab it quick before the people who have had to put up with him for the past 5 years turn the whole thing into razor blades.

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Why would a (F) fighter squadron be resurrected to fly Hawks in a training role?
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Splitting Squadrons into two?

Why?

An extra Wg Cdr post - obvious innit!
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Why would a (F) fighter squadron be resurrected to fly Hawks in a training role?
Perhaps the same reason that 4 and 208 were never allowed to be training sqns.
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The Tornado at Syerston has some history....

Seeing as it is the Second prototype ADV, and now the only surviving example ZA267. Rumour has it someone saved the nose of ZA254 after the scrappies did the evil deed at Coningsby in 2003/04.... Anyone know anything??

And 267 was until recently used at Marham as a GIA
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When I left Coningsberg in 2014, there was still an F3 gate guardian; isn't it still there?
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