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Old 18th Mar 2006, 00:04
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Oh and by the way Lord Snot

Either:

1. Nice wind up (I do enjoy a good wind up)

or

2. You have just joined the mass chorus of losers who hate Hornet pilots because you wanted to be one. All too common really
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 00:32
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Originally Posted by Sunfish
translation: I won't go into detail for obvious reasons, but you should assume that there is a real threat, the F18's and everything else that moves is armed and ready. No one is taking any chances.
Pfffft...I wouldn't believe that for one minute. This is the commonwealth games we're talking about - no one gives a flying turd about it. This is about public service arse-covering and defence egos playing with their big toys. It's a rare chance for them to carry on in a self-important manner and justifiably push everyone else around.

I'm tipping that within a day or so of the games ending there will be "alarming revelations", "leaked" to the media about how close it got to disaster, and how a serious threat to the games (opening ceremony/closing ceremony/insert event here) was averted only through the extensive security blanket....blah blah blah, in order to justify the ridiculously extraordinary amount of money spent on security. Back-patting all around, well done chaps, etc etc.
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 02:55
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Originally Posted by WeekendWorrier
Pfffft...I wouldn't believe that for one minute. This is the commonwealth games we're talking about - no one gives a flying turd about it. This is about public service arse-covering and defence egos playing with their big toys. It's a rare chance for them to carry on in a self-important manner and justifiably push everyone else around.
I'm tipping that within a day or so of the games ending there will be "alarming revelations", "leaked" to the media about how close it got to disaster, and how a serious threat to the games (opening ceremony/closing ceremony/insert event here) was averted only through the extensive security blanket....blah blah blah, in order to justify the ridiculously extraordinary amount of money spent on security. Back-patting all around, well done chaps, etc etc.


W**ker
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 12:39
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Of course I wanted to be a hornet pilot. Didn't you??

But to say they slave 12-14hrs a day is a bit rich - they are happy to do it because they love their job, unlike airline pilots.

And the producers of Strike Eagle claim realism to the extent that the fat, pimply, greasy nerds who developed it hopped into an F-15E simulator (USAF invitation) and flew it just fine so it's obviously a realistic representation of the real thing.

Hey what can I say, it wasn't that hard to operate F-15E. Obviously with my aptitude, I could've been a hornet pilot but like most airline pilots, I never finished high school so for me, life's a Beech.
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 12:55
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Originally Posted by WeekendWorrier
Pfffft...I wouldn't believe that for one minute. This is the commonwealth games we're talking about - no one gives a flying turd about it. This is about public service arse-covering and defence egos playing with their big toys. It's a rare chance for them to carry on in a self-important manner and justifiably push everyone else around.
WW... The ADF is there working because they have been directed to by the Government. What most people fail to realise is that in Australia, the Defence Forces work for the government of the day, and as such carry out the tasks they are ordered to do. With the time, expense, and training put into these aircraft and servicemen, it's certainly not a case of the boys wheeling out their toys.

Nanna is right on the money as far as you are concerned.
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 13:27
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Dear Sunfish

My morning walks along a short part of the Yarra have led me to observe sinister looking types in rubber ducky's.

I dare not ring the Terror hotline for fear of having my phone tapped.

What to do? I mean, they may be us! Or they may be them!

CHOGM, CHOGM, CHOGM keeps reverberating in my mind.
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 20:28
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Snot

Didnt I want to be one?

I am one!
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 22:57
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Originally Posted by Captain Random

Didnt I want to be one?

I am one!
ROFLMAO!! Snot has been TOLD!
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 01:35
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Of course you are, random, of course you are...... That's why you are posting regularly here on PPRuNe: because you have nothing better to do with your time. When you're not poling your hornet, that is!!

I reckon you're definitely poling something...

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Old 19th Mar 2006, 01:51
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I doubt that F18 are running out of YPCK, tis a bit short for them and no Cable arrest system.
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 02:06
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Ahh, but we kept the hooks on just in case!
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 02:07
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Originally Posted by Lord Snot
Of course you are, random, of course you are...... That's why you are posting regularly here on PPRuNe: because you have nothing better to do with your time. When you're not poling your hornet, that is!!
I reckon you're definitely poling something...


He's made 3 posts! Hardly regularly.
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 04:14
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But to say they slave 12-14hrs a day is a bit rich - they are happy to do it because they love their job, unlike airline pilots.
Airline pilots don't love their jobs ???
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 09:03
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Just to correct a previous post:
I'm pretty sure they would have been gunned up tonight. They definately have been previsouly when doing this sort of thing eg George Dubya in Canberra, CHOGM a few years back. They did some training flights over Melbourne the last few days and they weren't armed then.
The defence images below shows the jets are fully armed over Melbourne. Those pretty yellow and brown bands painted around the ASRAAMs means something.... and what are those AMRAAMs doing hiding under there?
http://www.defence.gov.au/opacolyte/...0314/index.htm

Thats enough flares in the face for a little while, certainly gets your attention. Enjoy your det to sunny Victoria lads!!
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 10:02
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There has been at least one 19-y-o Pig pilot, so certainly not impossible.
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 12:30
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An look at those three big bombs hanging underneath, they gota be good for something

ok ,
helmet , G-suit, I'm going home
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 23:04
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Just witnessed a Bell UH-1 Huey drop into the field behind the Shrine of Rememberance complete with armed Warriors. I know there are 12 Blackhawks at Laverton, but didn't know about any Huey's. Something must be going on! I need answers! He wasn't covert as he did a circuit first and he had all his strobes on so was clearly covert. Also saw an Army Kiowa (Jetranger) flying at around 200ft south-bound down the Nepean Highway yesterday. Better watch out Vanessa in the traffic watch R44!

Yes, I am jealous.

Oh and no guys - the Hornets ARE NOT at Point Cook. They are at East Sale where (if you read the Notams) there is an arrestor cable loaded and ready. (60 minute holding periods may apply, doh!)
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Old 20th Mar 2006, 01:24
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Logic - there is none!

Personally I couldn't care if there are hornets over Melbourne or not. If they were not patrolling Melbourne then they would just be flying mindlessly up and down the coast off NSW doing some other "specialist training" that actually will never be required in combat in the real world. So the state that they choose to fly over while they burn up tax payer dollars in not important, that money would be wasted regardless.

The fact is that if one was determined to use some sort of aircraft to attack a city then one would be just as happy to drive that hijacked aircraft into downtown Cairns, Perth, Darwin etc etc etc

The fact that some sort of athletics games are on is not a set pre-requisite for a major attack is it?? I don't think that terrorists choose to attack the most heavily defended locations just to make a point. Their point gets across very well regardless because the media would be just as happy to cover a major attack on Townsville or anywhere else. I mean, having a few fighters sent to Melbourne might be a fun posting for the crews for a few weeks but it is not going to prevent an attack on anywhere else is it?
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Old 20th Mar 2006, 02:05
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I mean, having a few fighters sent to Melbourne might be a fun posting for the crews for a few weeks but it is not going to prevent an attack on anywhere else is it?
You've never been to East Sale, have you ?

If terrorists wanted to make there point, they get more shock value in striking something like the Commonwealth games, than the city normally.

It's a shame you see the high level of training hornet pilots get as a waste of money.
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Old 20th Mar 2006, 02:14
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Hey, c'mon, don't start slagging off my home town of Sale! Don't forget that they have Ringers night club, the Swing Bridge and now a new entertainment complex. Within a couple of years they might have a new swimming pool complex too.

Sale has a lot going for it... I'm just not sure what that is
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