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Old 4th Nov 2019, 13:53
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DG,

The Hunter was not cleared for inverted spinning in the Release to Service. The Boscombe Down Hunter T7s had a specific clearance for inverted spinning (and erect spinning and stalling) based on having cockpit displays of AOA and lateral stick position plus an audio altitude alert system. In addition, for inverted spinning a safety pilot had to be present in the telemetry ground station. I could go on but that would be thread creep!
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Old 3rd Apr 2020, 00:32
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I believe that the last day of Babcock International operations at Linton was the 31 March and the Tucano fleet will be handed over from their contract to the new owners/operators although I suspect that the present COVID-19 situation may have had an impact on that ? Regardless , it is a very sad day in the life of this Royal Air Force Station as it looks to complete its Drawdown with flying operations to cease towards the end of December once the Yorkshire UAS move to a new as yet unannounced home . The remainder of the Drawdown tasks will be completed during 2021 before handing the real-estate over to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation but as yet the long term future of the site is yet to be announced . Others will know more !




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Old 3rd Apr 2020, 09:09
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Nice momento photo for those involved. Hope they labelled up those wings to match to the right fuselages.... Sad days for any station going through the close-down process, it feels like taking a favourite pet to the vets for that final time.
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Lots more Tucanos going to the US civil register, no doubt.
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Old 4th Apr 2020, 09:42
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All will be heading to the United States with RSW Aviation acquiring them (84 aircraft) with full backing of UK MOD and Bombardier in Belfast.
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So, 84 Tucano have been replaced by how many Texan IIs?

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Originally Posted by Rhino power View Post
So, 84 Tucano have been replaced by how many Texan IIs?

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Surely more than 10? Or is it one each for the FJ trainees on the course...
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Old 5th Apr 2020, 13:06
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Originally Posted by DuckDodgers View Post
All will be heading to the United States with RSW Aviation acquiring them (84 aircraft) with full backing of UK MOD and Bombardier in Belfast.
I'm not sure that RSW are getting 84 aircraft as there are 48 going from Linton and 23 from Shawbury of which 4 may go elsewhere ? There appears to have been around 36 Tucanos sold in the 'States when the first batch went around 2007-2009 of which some are presently for sale and showing very low flying hours compared to those going from Linton but I suspect the Shawbury aircraft will also have low flying hours too ?
For sale in the 'States ; https://www.controller.com/listings/...ullText=Tucano
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Surely more than 10? Or is it one each for the FJ trainees on the course...
Ten. No more.
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