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7th Oct 2021, 16:00
Replies: 414
Views: 98,769
Posted By Bigpants

Airworthy?

I would happily buy a Hawk T1a from the MOD for a token amount, have it refurbished by Horizon because most of their engineers are ex military and I have done business with them in the past. In...
27th Jan 2021, 18:19
Replies: 40
Views: 15,903
Posted By Bigpants

In the early days of the Hawk I believe a few...

In the early days of the Hawk I believe a few pilots did push the high speed dive to see if it would go supersonic. I recall some of the old hands like Dougie Mee saying not to bother as it became...
20th Nov 2020, 14:15
Replies: 5,240
Views: 1,621,237
Posted By Bigpants

Chevvron yes the MOD could buy them back but what...

Chevvron yes the MOD could buy them back but what makes you think "lessons have been learned"? For decades the RAF safely and efficiently ran air cadet flying and then things changed for the worse. ...
12th Aug 2020, 10:09
Replies: 6,760
Views: 2,072,328
Posted By Bigpants

One of the benefits of the Mil Aviation section...

One of the benefits of the Mil Aviation section of Prune is that it provides the public with a comprehensive 50 year history of MOD procurement cock ups which have wasted Billions for little...
1st Jun 2020, 18:30
Replies: 5,240
Views: 1,621,237
Posted By Bigpants

Really enjoyed reading the last handful of posts...

Really enjoyed reading the last handful of posts as it sums up the fiasco nicely and perhaps justifies allowing a prune thread to run on for some years in order that as the facts unfold a clearer...
29th May 2020, 14:38
Replies: 5,240
Views: 1,621,237
Posted By Bigpants

https://ukga.com/news/view?contentId=48392 ...

https://ukga.com/news/view?contentId=48392

Fear not all can be fixed to the satisfaction of the CAA and the aircraft sold on with a warranty.

Sooooo why did the MoD not do that for the ACO...
9th May 2020, 11:00
Replies: 351
Views: 215,216
Posted By Bigpants

"Figures released to Labour MP Stephen Doughty...

"Figures released to Labour MP Stephen Doughty showed that fewer than 300 people arriving in the UK were quarantined in the run-up to coronavirus lockdown on 23 March. The Home Office figures showed...
30th Apr 2020, 10:36
Replies: 208
Views: 43,424
Posted By Bigpants

If it is of any comfort to readers the Chinese...

If it is of any comfort to readers the Chinese were writing much the same stuff about the British Empire in the 19th century. Back then we got China hooked on opium and used military muscle to...
8th Apr 2020, 17:54
Replies: 9
Views: 3,261
Posted By Bigpants

Arrived at RAF Binbrook in 1985 with John Carter...

Arrived at RAF Binbrook in 1985 with John Carter and Paul Sutton. There had been a fatal in 83,84 and 85 plus other ejections and injuries. Given there were only 2 active Squadrons, the Lightning...
3rd Apr 2020, 19:30
Replies: 129
Views: 32,760
Posted By Bigpants

Tangmere, had a trip in a glider there c1973 and...

Tangmere, had a trip in a glider there c1973 and apparently aircraft from RAF Thorney Island had used the runways for circuit training.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Tangmere
21st Nov 2019, 11:57
Replies: 12,075
Views: 3,357,323
Posted By Bigpants

I was suggesting that a SAM system on a ship is a...

I was suggesting that a SAM system on a ship is a more effective 24/7 air defence or airspace denial weapon than an F35.

I appreciate re the point above that one cannot bolt an S400 to a ship and...
18th Nov 2019, 16:46
Replies: 12,075
Views: 3,357,323
Posted By Bigpants

If one UK Carrier were equipped with the F35 and...

If one UK Carrier were equipped with the F35 and the other had the Russian S400 SAM system on its deck which would be the more effective airspace denial weapon?

Nothing fancy by way of integration...
1st Nov 2019, 15:29
Replies: 2
Views: 2,343
Posted By Bigpants

I was a creamy on 1 Sqn 4FTS a long time ago when...

I was a creamy on 1 Sqn 4FTS a long time ago when he was the boss. Chris Taylor something of a fixture at RAF Valley, a great source of knowledge and common sense.
9th Oct 2019, 09:38
Replies: 5,240
Views: 1,621,237
Posted By Bigpants

Hi Chevron, I was going through advanced fast jet...

Hi Chevron, I was going through advanced fast jet training in 1982 and became a QFI at Valley later that year. Never heard of any fast jet pilots holding for that long back then so assume he was...
4th Oct 2019, 17:49
Replies: 5,240
Views: 1,621,237
Posted By Bigpants

OK look will ask when next flying but apparently...

OK look will ask when next flying but apparently these EFTS people are not holding pilots in staff positions but something else and yes the contracted RAF Flying Training System is a disaster...
29th Sep 2019, 10:57
Replies: 5,240
Views: 1,621,237
Posted By Bigpants

Has anyone else witnessed Elementary Flying...

Has anyone else witnessed Elementary Flying Training (EFT) cadet pilots being farmed out to AEF/UAS in order to help free up the training backlog?

Seems totally unfair that resources originally...
13th Aug 2019, 09:51
Replies: 41
Views: 22,678
Posted By Bigpants

Interesting thread, I recently approached AOPA...

Interesting thread, I recently approached AOPA about renewing my FI certificate and they were very helpful but frankly after looking at the requirements I was discouraged. Aged 62 I was originally...
22nd Jul 2019, 17:28
Replies: 40
Views: 13,094
Posted By Bigpants

Political answer is very simple, the coalition...

Political answer is very simple, the coalition and in particular George Osborne came into power with a financial plan. On Day 1 George found a note on his desk from Liam saying "sorry chum their is...
15th Jul 2019, 14:27
Replies: 469
Views: 306,645
Posted By Bigpants

Please tell me that just for once a major MOD...

Please tell me that just for once a major MOD project can be delivered on time, on budget and on spec.....btw did they pay for the "does not dive into the ground" option?
8th Jul 2019, 09:20
Replies: 10
Views: 4,514
Posted By Bigpants

Hopefully it will be released eventually as a DVD?

Hopefully it will be released eventually as a DVD?
2nd May 2019, 10:14
Replies: 41
Views: 15,122
Posted By Bigpants

How many are serviceable and how many current and...

How many are serviceable and how many current and combat ready crews?
13th Apr 2019, 18:48
Replies: 5,240
Views: 1,621,237
Posted By Bigpants

A few years back I offered a draft article to Air...

A few years back I offered a draft article to Air Power in which I suggested that the RAF should radically change its approach to cadet flying. I pointed out that a couple of self build programmes...
7th Apr 2019, 14:48
Replies: 27
Views: 11,564
Posted By Bigpants

Commiserations, I have dropped a fair few social...

Commiserations, I have dropped a fair few social and professional clangers over the years. Learn from it, but try not to let it dog you is all I can suggest.
3rd Apr 2019, 14:24
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

prOOne read the whole thread please to get some...

prOOne read the whole thread please to get some context here I did suggest the AEF need better equipment re Bone Dome rather than making 13 year old children wear an Alpha Helmet

My other point...
3rd Apr 2019, 09:54
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

Hi Bill, agreed in the old days that was a...

Hi Bill, agreed in the old days that was a reasonable way forward as we were in the mob. Risk management in the RAF in the 21st century has changed a great deal because of a series of accidents and...
1st Apr 2019, 19:43
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

Did not know the T 4 could not accommodate two...

Did not know the T 4 could not accommodate two pilots with bone domes.

How did they get around that given the T4 could operate at high altitude and clip along pretty smartly at low level?
1st Apr 2019, 17:04
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

OK but is it true?

[QUOTE=DCThumb;10435417]The Prefect was not selected by the RAF. It is part of a PFI where it is up to the contractor to select/provide the equipment. Ascent chose the Prefect.[/QUOTE

OK does the...
1st Apr 2019, 16:59
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

Alpha Helmet, too big and heavy for a slightly...

Alpha Helmet, too big and heavy for a slightly built 13 year old cadet imo.

Did the RAF point out to the makers of helmets that while they would be worn by standard RAF pilots the MOD would go on...
31st Mar 2019, 16:33
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

LJ thank you for a very interesting reply re...

LJ thank you for a very interesting reply re injuries.

My point, perhaps badly made at the outset is that if we must a bone dome in the Tutor can we have one designed/optmised for a GA aircraft? ...
31st Mar 2019, 13:48
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

Re the Chipmunk accident thanks did not know...

Re the Chipmunk accident thanks did not know that. Re bone domes we all have a view and they have their place but as a Tutor pilot I just do not think the Mark and Model we are expected to wear for...
31st Mar 2019, 10:54
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

The suggestion of the 300L was just that a...

The suggestion of the 300L was just that a suggestion I could just have easily suggested another type. The Extra was used at Oxford for BA Cadets to experience aeros and spins and those that I flew...
31st Mar 2019, 08:47
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

Thanks for your views, this is a bit off topic...

Thanks for your views, this is a bit off topic but gossip heard recently suggests the Prefect was ordered but they, MOD Procurement, omitted to check if two average RAF pilots would fit under the...
30th Mar 2019, 10:16
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

OK what is the relevance of the JP Jet Provost? ...

OK what is the relevance of the JP Jet Provost? How about discussing canopy arch problems and visibility re the GR1/4 Tornado? The latter suffered several mid airs and close shaves because the arch...
30th Mar 2019, 10:13
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

An AAIB report does not allocate blame? What did...

An AAIB report does not allocate blame? What did the RAF do after this sad accident just say "oh never mind one of those things he just did not see the glider"

Duty of care.....how many cadets...
29th Mar 2019, 11:40
Replies: 67
Views: 21,234
Posted By Bigpants

1. The Tutor never underwent a full Boscombe...

1. The Tutor never underwent a full Boscombe Down evaluation which would have highlighted the problem of the canopy arch.

2. The midair you quote was caused because a medically unfit officer...
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