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What Military Aircraft Would You Bring Back To Service?

Old 27th Oct 2020, 17:19
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Gonna be greedy and say Martin Baker MB5 too.

And I would love to have seen the BAC.221 fly.
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 17:43
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
And plenty of room up top





When were these things ever in RAF Service?
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 18:06
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Here

https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1722728

https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1062314/

https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1063386/


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Old 27th Oct 2020, 18:23
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Originally Posted by canard68 View Post
The A1D SkyRaider I remember one pilot telling me "it carried so much you could start your own war"
Would love any of the Skyraiders. I'm in the understanding that it coped a lot of beating too (only by what I've read of the subject).
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 22:07
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Not exactly Royal Air Force, Nutloose.
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 00:06
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Hawker Fury biplane

Supermarine Nighthawk. Someone's going to have to catch that pigeon.
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 02:22
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Originally Posted by vascodegama View Post
SAAB Viggen instead of Jaguar and replace Lightning with same ac.

Touch paper light!

KC10 instead of Victor K2 .

Could not agree more about the Viggen. First flew in 1967 (before the Jaguar).
and (at the real risk of lighting blue touch paper) was a much more realistic answer to NATO's vulnerable airfields than Harrier ever could be.
You would have hole a lot of concrete to stop Viggens flying from an airfield!

In many ways the Draken was even more ahead of it's time- compare performance and range with the Lightning and consider it was running on just one Avon
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 03:35
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Originally Posted by West Coast View Post
Wasnít there an aborted effort to do this 3-4 years ago?
yes. Supposedly they were to be used as tankers. Even the engines are same same as a CRJ-100. Now the hornets tank each other off the boat and they are running out of airframe time. The A-3 was another one that should be brought back. It could tank AND electronic warfare. It would top off the strike aircraft whilst simultaneously jamming.
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 07:37
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Catalina Flying Boat

One of the most amazing aircraft
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 08:05
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One going spare on Loch Ness.............
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 09:05
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Originally Posted by brakedwell View Post
Not exactly Royal Air Force, Nutloose.
Priceless ! at last, the urban myth that has been around since 1949 has finally been debunked !..Who would have thunked prefacing GSA with RAF ( and some roundels here and there ) had nothing to do with the RAF ! ....
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 09:58
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
One going spare by Loch Ness.............
Fixed that for you!
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 11:20
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F104 Starfigther
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 13:05
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Originally Posted by unmanned_droid View Post
Gonna be greedy and say Martin Baker MB5 too.

And I would love to have seen the BAC.221 fly.
I never saw the BAC.221 fly, but I did see it trying to fly at Farnborough in 1964 when it aborted its take-off on the Saturday!

Edit: (and of course that aircraft was never in RAF service either)
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 13:07
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LOMCEVAK - need a back seater?

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Old 28th Oct 2020, 16:35
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Originally Posted by brakedwell View Post
Not exactly Royal Air Force, Nutloose.
My first piloting experience was in a Blanik at RAF Odiham with an RAF instructor. Of course it was in RAF service. Did some really good engine off landings as well...
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 16:58
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No doubt all of us who knew what really happened have seen fit to draw a respectful veil of silence over dead_panís earlier mention of the highly secret Wiggins Aerodyne development, which was so tragically terminated.

That said, were I forced to pick a winner from all the splendid and much-loved aircraft thus far suggested, it would land - by a very short head indeed! - with Nuttyís offer of the (similarly named, but totally different) Fairey Rotodyne.

Oh, what a sad setback to military aviation was the political squashing of the Rotodyne project (and to civil for that matter - but for being a bit noisy, which wasnít seen to be too big a problem back then) ... and, like so many others, to the once-proud UK aircraft industry.
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 17:43
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Originally Posted by dogle View Post
No doubt all of us who knew what really happened have seen fit to draw a respectful veil of silence over dead_panís earlier mention of the highly secret Wiggins Aerodyne development, which was so tragically terminated
Er, Beadwindow please. It isn't generally known that the Wiggins Aerodyne was "tragically terminated". In any event there was rather more to it than that.
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 18:10
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Two aircraft that, in my opinion, epitomized brute force, purposeful menace and raw power:

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider (especially in "Sandy" RESCORT/CSAR mode)

The Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low (a thoroughbred beast of a Helicopter)
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 18:33
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Originally Posted by pulse1 View Post
How about T21 and T31 gliders? Let's get the kids all over the country flying solo again.
Better still bring back the GAL Hotspur Mk III - Train 1 Cadet and give another 6 cadets gliding experience all on the same flight.
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