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Marham’s future

Old 15th Oct 2018, 16:07
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Marham’s future

An article in today, s Daily Mail ( yes I know ) reports that our esteemed Minister Of Defence, one Gavin Williamson, has threatened to close Marham, where millions have been spent on F35 upgrades, in a spending spat with Liz Truss in whose constuency Marham is.
It is suggested that F 35 will be moved to another base. ( such as ? )

Now that, Mr Williamson, seems to be a really cunning plan, for outstandingly good operational and economic reasons, or have I missed something?

Yes, we need to spend more, a lot more , on defence, but spending on a base move, purely to make a personal point to a fellow minister, seems somewhat crass.



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Will get removed, but so true. Why people believe the rubbish in it is unbelievable.
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Cosford, in his own constituency. That would keep his phones busy.
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After spending lots upgrading Leuchars from Tornado to Typhoon, it shut and the Typhoons moved to Lossiemouth and millions more were spent upgrading Lossiemouth, just because some MP moaned. So I wouldn't be surprised if Marham closed.
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Plenty of empty bases in RAF Lincolnshire. Maybe room could be found at Scampton. Re open Binbrook. East Kirby would be good as it would nice to two bases operating Lancaster’s.
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There'll be a spare aircraft carrier along soon. Just moor it off the Norfolk coast.
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Re open Binbrook.
I think that one's more than a bit too far gone!
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Waddington has a nice big runway.
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Using Waddington would be totally unacceptable as that nice long runway would be wasted on the F35. Like the carrier idea, but park if a bit further south. It about time RAF Dogger Bank got a runway.
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Well if you halved the order for F-35B and used the spare cash to order more Typhoons to be based at CY and LM, then there should be enough cash to move the remaining carrier based wing to.... RNAS Yeovilton?........
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Originally Posted by BigGreenGilbert View Post

should be good for a few years - took the MoD nearly 2 years to get it resurfaced - the new A14 through Cambridgeshire is only taking a little less than that
There was, of course, the saga of resurfacing Scampton ... when the contractor omitted the friction course. One approach on a wet day and a lot of diversions to Waddington.

Perhaps Cranwell would like to have some operational aircraft based there?
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Originally Posted by ZH875 View Post
After spending lots upgrading Leuchars from Tornado to Typhoon, it shut and the Typhoons moved to Lossiemouth and millions more were spent upgrading Lossiemouth, just because some MP moaned. So I wouldn't be surprised if Marham closed.
I clearly remember CMD saying how f35 would bring jobs to the region ...well how many have gone instead...
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They'll be sharing at LKN - makes so much financial sense!
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The major factor will be finding an alternative airfield still in the vicinity of Sandringham.
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I really hope it doesn't go, for purely nostalgic reasons. I spent six very happy years there in the 70s

Cue a few "El Adem with grass" posts, but I could never understand that - I loved it.
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What about Linton. In the 1950’s L-o-O was home to 44+ Sabres and 12 Meteor NF 11/14’s. So plenty of hangar and air space.The Vale of York AIAA should stand for Area of Infrequent Aerial Activity ! There are lots of excellent pubs within ten miles and locals are friendly.
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What about RNAS Ford? I will help cut the grass.
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Originally Posted by turbroprop View Post
Using Waddington would be totally unacceptable as that nice long runway would be wasted on the F35. Like the carrier idea, but park if a bit further south. It about time RAF Dogger Bank got a runway.
They could use 11/29, plenty long enough and great for pairs landings 😊
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Originally Posted by ZH875 View Post
After spending lots upgrading Leuchars from Tornado to Typhoon, it shut and the Typhoons moved to Lossiemouth and millions more were spent upgrading Lossiemouth, just because some MP moaned. So I wouldn't be surprised if Marham closed.
Money already spent is of no interest to the Govt. It's just a historical line on a balance sheet.
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Originally Posted by ZH875 View Post
After spending lots upgrading Leuchars from Tornado to Typhoon, it shut and the Typhoons moved to Lossiemouth and millions more were spent upgrading Lossiemouth, just because some MP moaned. So I wouldn't be surprised if Marham closed.

Wouldn't it seem more likely that they moved the Typhoons to Lossiemouth to give Lossiemouth a continued purpose after ceasing Tornado GR4 Ops at the base, while they messed around for a few years to get the Nimrod replacement ready which was planned for Lossie?
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