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Hercules and Ospreys today

Old 5th Jun 2019, 12:25
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Hercules and Ospreys today

I dont know wether any of our transatlantic friends read this, but the formation near Frinton on Sea today was wonderful to see and its cause brought a lump to my throat..
Well done!

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Old 5th Jun 2019, 16:27
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Great video here getting airborne from RAF Mildenhall and forming up:

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That is very impressive.
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Indeed impressive. Well done, USAF.
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That is very impressive; a great flypast. Good show.

Far prefer that one-package flypast from a spectator pov as opposed to those where they come in elements (often comprising a singleton) seemingly ages apart although I do understand why sometimes the latter approach has to be adopted.
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MC-130J Combat Spear and CV-22

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I dont know wether any of our transatlantic friends read this, but the formation near Frinton on Sea today was wonderful to see and its cause brought a lump to my throat..
Well done!
Over the last week or so, have seen the 352nd Special Ops Wing fly D Day formation with their MC-130J Combat Spears and CV-22 Ospreys. Was driving between Sawston and Duxford when saw the formation fly over).

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Not the best shot as heat haze, wrong lens etc, but this was them passing overhead Duxford on Sunday


US Flyby by Tony Taylor, on Flickr
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What an awesome flypast! Well done guys!!
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The AFSOC Instagram feed has a very good video of them in formation.
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Superb, what a great tribute to all those brave men who lost their lives 75 years ago - well done Mildenhall!
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A fabulous effort indeed from the USAF. Itís just a shame there were no T2s in there!
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Did the RAF do anything similar to the USAF re D-Day festivities?
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Yes........ But sadly it was about 75 years ago they did it.
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Thatís twice this year that USAFE have put on very poignant and respectful flypasts. Somebody high up has got great appreciation and a marvellous sense of occasion.
Thank you guys and gals, thank you Sir or Maíam.
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P.S. As a point of curious can the Osprey take off conventionally if required or is the prop diameter prohibitive ?

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Old 10th Jun 2019, 08:38
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P.S. As a point of curious can the Osprey take off conventionally if required or is the prop diameter prohibitive ?
Not fully conventionally, for the reason you stated, but a rolling vertical take-off (prop-rotors at about 45 degrees) is pretty standard. I've experienced it in the back with the ramp open, and it's quite sporty to say the least.
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P.S. As a point of curious can the Osprey take off conventionally if required or is the prop diameter prohibitive ?
As one of the Bell personnel once informed me, yes they can providing you have a very narrow runway and 20 foot deep trench either side of it...
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Many thanks for your prompt courteous replies to my OT question.
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I did ask at Farnborough one year (as they are carbon fibre) what would happen if they couldn't rotate to the vertical and they replied they would end up with lumps of carbon fibre string hanging from the rotor hubs.
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