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Boom in London - Boob in Grauniad

Old 2nd Dec 2019, 11:13
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Originally Posted by BEagle View Post
Intercepting 'rogue' airliners needs to be conducted expeditiously.
Hats off to Brize Norton too, who had tanker support airborne by around 0447.
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Old 2nd Dec 2019, 11:42
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I hadn't thought about that. Back in the days long before 9/11 QRA was invariably there to react to Soviet aircraft in the vicinity of UK airspace (as it still is for Russian aircraft). We normally had good intelligence on the likelihood of a Bear coming close enough to need intercepting, and our Dragonfly (later Tansor) tanker crews only held 3 hours readiness (I could be at home in Kings Lynn as long as I was on the end of a phone) . If a threat was imminent we came up to one hour, and occasionally less. I assume the Brize tankers are now on something like 15 minutes readiness to be able to react so quickly.
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Old 2nd Dec 2019, 12:42
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Would they need tankers if the mission was TMA exclusion, was all occurring over UK land and ending, at worst, with an escort to land at Stansted ?

Nah ! My money's on a practice or a test precursor to NATO meeting. Maybe even a combined practice and stealthy temporary detachment to a more local drome, per the 2012 Olympics. The AT Double whooka boys were practising (or escorting) the previous Sunday thru Tuesday over the top of me.

All under cover of the usual London Saturday night crash/bang/wallops - I didn't hear it -didn't get to sleep until 04:00 as the local uber drivers (Or others) were having a pay-day P*ss-up and practice driving over the loose manhole cover in the service road next to my QTH - bang . .bang . . . bang . . bang . . . bang. . bang. Highly imaginative !

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Old 2nd Dec 2019, 13:51
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NEED TO KNOW ALERT!!
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 18:55
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Originally Posted by malanda View Post
I did a TinEye search to find where that original image came from, and the only match was
https://www.businessinsider.com/nato...19-7?r=US&IR=T
Given the caption on that picture, it's an understandable mistake. (If you think the Russians do press releases when they are intercepted)
Just press or click on their image and do a Google search. Then you will find even the Sun and Mail had it then.
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 18:58
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Originally Posted by Auxtank View Post
Come on guys - let's not turn this thread in to a rather under-entertaining Troll's Tea Party.

Back under your respective bridges in the woods immediately, please...

Here's a lovely pic of the aircraft (Cor Blimey, I wish my missus had a heat bloom like that....)




Handy if you wanted to bomb it out of the sky😀
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 22:06
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Handy if you wanted to bomb it out of the sky😀
It's been done before...

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/that...r-guided-bomb/
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 07:32
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The Independent takes woefully bad and inaccurate reporting to a whole new level with the following information about the Spitfire which recently returned from a round the World tour:

But a team of engineers at Boultbee Flight Academy, in Chichester, spent two years restoring the original jet to its former glory, focusing on repairing rather than replacing parts.
Seriously??!!!!! The journalist should be sacked on a simple point of principle.
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 11:46
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From the true masters of journalistic accuracy




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Old 6th Dec 2019, 14:36
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Chipmunk's what?
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 16:57
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The dreaded greengrocers' apostrophe. I see the Apostrophe Society is closing down; they seem to be fighting a losing battle.
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