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RAFEngO74to09 3rd Mar 2019 14:48

Cell phone video posted 1 Mar 19:

RAFEngO74to09 3rd Mar 2019 15:02

More extracts from recent social media posts - with photos - published in the The Aviationist:

https://theaviationist.com/2019/02/2...-social-media/

TEEEJ 3rd Mar 2019 17:49

1st March, Death Valley.

Davef68 3rd Mar 2019 23:48

Distraction from something else?

treadigraph 4th Mar 2019 09:13

Well, I didn't see that coming...

unmanned_droid 4th Mar 2019 12:34

And now there's a rumour that 4x F-117 aircraft were sent on a combat mission over Syria in 2017, using SDBs.


Rhino power 4th Mar 2019 13:28


Originally Posted by unmanned_droid (Post 10406537)
And now there's a rumour that 4x F-117 aircraft were sent on a combat mission over Syria in 2017, using SDBs.

Is that the same four that have already been mentioned in post #118?

-RP

unmanned_droid 4th Mar 2019 19:14


Originally Posted by Rhino power (Post 10406577)
Is that the same four that have already been mentioned in post #118?

-RP

Yup. My deepest apologies.

Still, it's BS.

chopper2004 18th Mar 2019 13:24

The Dark Knights
 
Supposdedly, one of the recently seen F-117A has 'Dark Knights' on its fin stripe thus leading to the conclusion a unit by this name is operating it. Safe to say the previous 37th/49th FW never had a squadron nicknamed the 'Dark Knights'.

https://airforcesmonthly.keypublishi...Pppk-e9N_Ker4k

unmanned_droid 18th Mar 2019 17:04


Originally Posted by chopper2004 (Post 10422473)
Supposdedly, one of the recently seen F-117A has 'Dark Knights' on its fin stripe thus leading to the conclusion a unit by this name is operating it. Safe to say the previous 37th/49th FW never had a squadron nicknamed the 'Dark Knights'.

https://airforcesmonthly.keypublishi...Pppk-e9N_Ker4k

Great photo.

I would think that there are a couple of aircraft supporting testing activities and I guess they've got to be operated by someone. Or, it's to mess with the guys out camping in the desert waiting for them to fly over.

chopper2004 19th May 2020 01:01

Californian dreamin’
 
Appears the Wobbly Goblin plus Edwards based NKc-135 have been out to play off the coast.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...lifornia-coast

cheers

The AvgasDinosaur 19th May 2020 08:30

In the linked article it states that it is legally mandated that the F-117 must be destroyed by the end of this decade!
Why under what legislation??
could someone please explain.
Thanks
David

Stuff 19th May 2020 09:15

From: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...last-two-years


Until 2016, there was a legal requirement to keep the F-117s in so-called "Type 1000" storage, meaning that they would be maintained in a state where they could be returned to active service relatively quickly, if necessary. The annual defense policy bill, or National Defense Authorization Act, for the 2017 Fiscal Year nullified this and replaced it with the four-per-year disposal plan. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio subsequently developed what it calls a "migration plan" for how to get rid of the F-117s.
I have no idea how accurate that is. If you google for the Act mentioned it doesn't seem to say 4 a year anywhere https://www.congress.gov/114/crpt/hr...114hrpt840.pdf

Martin the Martian 19th May 2020 12:49

Very, very interesting article on the F-117 and the RAF in the June edition of The Aeroplane. Well worth a read.

gums 19th May 2020 13:33

Salute!

Not surprising, or maybe it is, but somebody realized we had a 2nd generation low observable platform to use for training and development of tactics when future adversaries have LO platforms, manned and UAV's.

Gotta talk with some of my friends that flew the things, but previous rejoins seem to indicate that the 117 was more optimized for surface-to-air systems than A2A. And that makes sense, as our primary threat at the time was heavily dependent upon good GCI to get interceptors into a firing solution.

Some of us have questioned using F-35's in Red Flag, as "exposure" can be exploited by potential adversaries. Better to keep the actual capabilities as "hole cards", huh?

Gums sends...




Airbubba 21st May 2020 00:32


Originally Posted by chopper2004 (Post 10786438)
Appears the Wobbly Goblin plus Edwards based NKc-135 have been out to play off the coast.

Looks like they were out again today with the tanker from these radio logs:

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....7bdb0a479f.jpg

MilRadioComms - Military Radio Frequncies, HF, VHF, UHF



Green Flash 21st May 2020 07:01

The wobblies plus tanker out and about in broad daylight https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...lifornia-coast

AR1 23rd May 2020 16:03

This thread is a blast from the past. The amount of DMs I got questioning me over the (what I thought was a) blatant wind up re marshalling with blindfolds was unreal. It even made it into ARRSE.




gums 23rd May 2020 18:47

Salute!

As one of my foreign students in a old plane said after a long briefing by an IP trying too hard to make points for his annual checkride, walking out to the planes....

"What he say?"

Other student calmly replies, "we go fly now."

Anybody know what AR1 was saying?

Gums asks...



AR1 23rd May 2020 20:02


Originally Posted by gums (Post 10791277)

Anybody know what AR1 was saying?

Gums asks...

Post #45 this thread Gums.


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