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19th Oct 2021, 13:32
Replies: 40
Views: 5,265
Posted By Ken Scott

I’m pretty sure the RAF operated the Buccaneer...

I’m pretty sure the RAF operated the Buccaneer for just a bit...!
4th Oct 2021, 16:55
Replies: 700
Views: 291,606
Posted By Ken Scott

I enjoyed the book, particularly the viewpoint of...

I enjoyed the book, particularly the viewpoint of the Germans in the story, not one that we normally get.

I didn’t especially rate the radio play, I found the characters in that rather thinly...
20th Sep 2021, 10:27
Replies: 13
Views: 4,657
Posted By Ken Scott

Presumably the Chevy has to go as its 5.7L V8...

Presumably the Chevy has to go as its 5.7L V8 makes its carbon footprint rather at odds with the MOD’s intention to become carbon-neutral...?!
20th Sep 2021, 08:50
Replies: 13
Views: 4,657
Posted By Ken Scott

Looking at the glossy brochure with its sale of...

Looking at the glossy brochure with its sale of expensive (to procure) assets being sold off (relatively) cheaply I can’t help but wonder that much (most) of it would be quite useful. HMS Scimitar...
11th Sep 2021, 12:13
Replies: 788
Views: 268,858
Posted By Ken Scott

The second half of the sentence seems at odds...

The second half of the sentence seems at odds with his desire for ‘honest, clear thinking’. To modernize the armed forces having cleared out ‘obsolete kit’ would imply replacing it with new...
31st Aug 2021, 22:03
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

’Supposedly’ being the operative word here...

’Supposedly’ being the operative word here...
31st Aug 2021, 09:41
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

A cynic might say that his position requires him...

A cynic might say that his position requires him to say that and he won’t have to deal with the consequences as he’ll have retired by the time they’re gone...
29th Aug 2021, 20:13
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

He certainly reinforces much of what has been...

He certainly reinforces much of what has been said on this thread.

My understanding is that the RAF argued very strongly to keep the J to its planned OSD but that the decision was taken at...
25th Aug 2021, 13:25
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

Martin, I did partake of that discussion and was...

Martin, I did partake of that discussion and was very much on the side of the J as I was flying it then but I had also flown the K so I was coming at it from an informed position; many of the J’s...
25th Aug 2021, 07:32
Replies: 37
Views: 8,842
Posted By Ken Scott

Quite the opposite, much less hard!

Quite the opposite, much less hard!
24th Aug 2021, 18:44
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

I sincerely doubt it, an expensive bit of kit to...

I sincerely doubt it, an expensive bit of kit to have orbiting over the bad guys at a low level.

We were once asked by the Yanks if we could orbit over an Afghan village pretending to be a gunship...
24th Aug 2021, 18:02
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

Possibly much more than you might imagine but you...

Possibly much more than you might imagine but you wouldn’t necessarily have heard about it...!
24th Aug 2021, 09:30
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

In layman’s terms the C130J is an old Landrover...

In layman’s terms the C130J is an old Landrover Defender - old technology but reliable & dependable and you have no qualms about taking it in the rough stuff because you know it won’t let you down.
...
20th Aug 2021, 18:42
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

Short sighted indeed and entirely based on saving...

Short sighted indeed and entirely based on saving money rather than anything to do with capability as even if the A400M were capable of successfully taking on the J’s roles the reduction in numbers...
19th Aug 2021, 11:38
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

Indeed, sycamore, I did the odd training sortie...

Indeed, sycamore, I did the odd training sortie to their home base and would occasionally see them flying. It would seem there’s still some life in the old dogs!

The Sri Lankan’s did take a...
19th Aug 2021, 08:09
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

You don’t understand how the MOD works. They’ll...

You don’t understand how the MOD works. They’ll complete the program and then sell them for less than the cost of the work to another Air Force that will get 20 years of service from the ‘tired’...
16th Aug 2021, 17:21
Replies: 103
Views: 29,100
Posted By Ken Scott

My recollection is that the J was procured to...

My recollection is that the J was procured to replace half the K fleet (the short term fleet as it was known, part-exchanged for Js) and the other half was to be replaced by A400M. It was the delays...
1st Aug 2021, 20:23
Replies: 33
Views: 11,991
Posted By Ken Scott

In my time on the C130 we lost 6 ac, half to...

In my time on the C130 we lost 6 ac, half to hostile action, including 2 with all on board killed. Military flying is a hazardous business but fortunately not as bad as it used to be.

When I...
1st Aug 2021, 14:15
Replies: 33
Views: 11,991
Posted By Ken Scott

I remember reading a piece by a WW2 pilot who...

I remember reading a piece by a WW2 pilot who said that he knew he was part of a peacetime Air Force post war when he couldn’t find anyone on his Sqn prepared to do night formation aeros with him...
1st Aug 2021, 13:30
Replies: 33
Views: 11,991
Posted By Ken Scott

One of my old QFIs described arriving for his...

One of my old QFIs described arriving for his Meteor (possibly Vampire) course at Worksop & seeing the Stn display pilot wipe himself out during a practice. A tannoy that afternoon asked for...
28th Jul 2021, 20:43
Replies: 90
Views: 24,845
Posted By Ken Scott

That’s a rather aggressive post. Perhaps you...

That’s a rather aggressive post. Perhaps you might try being a little more civil? You might disagree with me but that doesn’t necessarily make me wrong.
28th Jul 2021, 19:30
Replies: 90
Views: 24,845
Posted By Ken Scott

I used to be stationed at Brize, I know for a...

I used to be stationed at Brize, I know for a fact there are more than 8 ac based there...
28th Jul 2021, 14:49
Replies: 90
Views: 24,845
Posted By Ken Scott

pr00ne: the list was of 8 aircraft, there will be...

pr00ne: the list was of 8 aircraft, there will be a few more at Brize not able to operate.

’What’s the problem?’ Well, the entire AT fleet is at a base which has only a single runway which...
27th Jul 2021, 18:58
Replies: 90
Views: 24,845
Posted By Ken Scott

RLE: that was for phase 1, first 2 years only. ...

RLE: that was for phase 1, first 2 years only.

Relocating all the C130s to Brize was also not inexpensive...
23rd Jul 2021, 12:12
Replies: 90
Views: 24,845
Posted By Ken Scott

The MOD (RAF) saved circa £7m pa in direct...

The MOD (RAF) saved circa £7m pa in direct operating costs by closing Lyneham & dodging the repair bill to bring the real estate up to scratch after many years of (deliberate?) neglect.

The MOD...
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