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5th Apr 2021, 16:38
Replies: 29
Views: 8,177
Posted By A4scooter

I had a conversation with a former USAF Phantom...

I had a conversation with a former USAF Phantom pilot who had done an exchange with the RAF and he commented that the Spey version reached mach 2 very quickly but wouldn't go any faster while the J79...
23rd Mar 2021, 15:26
Replies: 61
Views: 14,789
Posted By A4scooter

Seems a strange choice as a replacement for the...

Seems a strange choice as a replacement for the 146, the 146 is quite a "self sufficient" aircraft which had it's own stairs fitted and didn't require ground handling equipment to load or unload...
22nd Mar 2021, 13:54
Replies: 69
Views: 27,332
Posted By A4scooter

Reading an article on the Dutch Air Force...

Reading an article on the Dutch Air Force Hercules replacement, they have already rejected the A400 as its "less operationally agile", which I presume means its too big for many of the tasks.
Other...
24th Jan 2019, 12:19
Replies: 40
Views: 14,091
Posted By A4scooter

I have a lot of sympathy for genuine refugees and...

I have a lot of sympathy for genuine refugees and wouldn't want anyone to die while crossing the channel whatever their circumstances and I take offence at the "Council House" remark as I am not that...
23rd Jan 2019, 14:42
Replies: 40
Views: 14,091
Posted By A4scooter

Neither the RNLI or Coast Guard helicopters...

Neither the RNLI or Coast Guard helicopters should be used when dealing with immigrants.
I know from personal experience that "refugees" can be aggressive, have mental issues or are physically ill...
10th May 2018, 09:46
Replies: 59
Views: 18,877
Posted By A4scooter

The initial requirement was for 21 Nimrod MR4...

The initial requirement was for 21 Nimrod MR4 which was reduced to 18 in 2002, in 2004 it was reduced 16 but Geoff Hoon stated 12 would suffice and in 2009 it became 9.
It doesn't matter how good an...
15th Oct 2017, 07:34
Replies: 53
Views: 16,146
Posted By A4scooter

Red Arrows - Hawk replacement

Jets flown by RAF Red Arrows could be built OVERSEAS | Daily Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4981406/Jets-flown-RAF-Red-Arrows-built-OVERSEAS.html)

Allegedly a letter signed...
1st May 2017, 14:12
Replies: 122
Views: 44,983
Posted By A4scooter

Although I suspect totally impractical but a VC10...

Although I suspect totally impractical but a VC10 MPA would have looked the business.
1st May 2017, 09:47
Replies: 122
Views: 44,983
Posted By A4scooter

Going slightly off topic but was Orion ever...

Going slightly off topic but was Orion ever considered as a Shackleton replacement and if selected would we still a MPA force?
New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, Greece etc are still operating old updated...
20th Nov 2015, 16:56
Replies: 23
Views: 5,713
Posted By A4scooter

The Prime Minister should have a dedicated...

The Prime Minister should have a dedicated aircraft.
If it is taken from the 9 operational aircraft this represents a loss in capability but if it from the 5 spare / leased aircraft it could...
20th Dec 2014, 09:57
Replies: 51
Views: 9,884
Posted By A4scooter

Of course the UK with our commitments and having...

Of course the UK with our commitments and having nuclear subs should have the P8 and we should never have lost the MPA capability.
We should never have purchased 2 x carriers when we are unlikely to...
28th Mar 2013, 21:35
Replies: 220
Views: 37,395
Posted By A4scooter

The issue how can Bristows who will be providing...

The issue how can Bristows who will be providing this service for profit be cheaper than the RAF / RN?
The problem is that is the present and previous governments / civil servants are incapable of...
8th Aug 2012, 21:32
Replies: 48
Views: 9,391
Posted By A4scooter

Yes a civilian SAR service will be cheaper...

Yes a civilian SAR service will be cheaper because all the crews will ex RAF/RN requiring no training but when these people retire and the successful bidder needs to train staff with no previous...
20th Jul 2012, 10:04
Replies: 301
Views: 79,177
Posted By A4scooter

Jayand - Surrounded by some of the busiest...

Jayand - Surrounded by some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and a huge EEZ to Police I think we are in agreement and an aircraft with the ability to patrol and assist with SAR is an asset...
18th Jul 2012, 20:16
Replies: 301
Views: 79,177
Posted By A4scooter

Jayand - you could use the same argument with a...

Jayand - you could use the same argument with a Trident replacement and I appreciate money is tight but the Nimrod was more than a MPA/ASW aircraft with its extensive use as an ISTAR platform in...
17th Jul 2012, 18:50
Replies: 301
Views: 79,177
Posted By A4scooter

Polyglory - because we have politicians in all...

Polyglory - because we have politicians in all parties who don't care and would rather spend money on foreign aid, supporting the feckless, paying for the 25% of social housing in London occupied by...
4th Dec 2011, 10:47
Replies: 270
Views: 41,666
Posted By A4scooter

When SAR is privatised the current SAR aircrew...

When SAR is privatised the current SAR aircrew will just leave the RAF/RN and take their skills to who ever gets the contract.
When these aircrew retire in time where will the new aircrew come from...
11th Mar 2011, 09:07
Replies: 301
Views: 79,177
Posted By A4scooter

To highlight how short sighted the governments...

To highlight how short sighted the governments decision to remove the UK's maritime patrol capability is look at whats happening in the the Pacific with the latest tsunami.
Apart from the military...
3rd Mar 2011, 20:25
Replies: 41
Views: 7,500
Posted By A4scooter

Re grandfer Not everyone who is outside the...

Re grandfer
Not everyone who is outside the armed forces is interested in Cheryl Cole, Jordan, X Factor etc etc. - I hate these "celebrities" and reality programmes.
It makes me really angry when I...
28th Jan 2011, 18:44
Replies: 202
Views: 44,855
Posted By A4scooter

The Nimrod fiasco is the result of a series of...

The Nimrod fiasco is the result of a series of bad decisions made over a number of years by the MOD, RAF?, Labour and Conservative governments and BAE.
Was it the right decision to rebuild a 40 year...
18th Jan 2011, 22:07
Replies: 24
Views: 6,199
Posted By A4scooter

Grrr Those at Swissport BHX now that ex Aviance...

Those at Swissport BHX now that ex Aviance management are involved start watching your backs.
I left MAS many years ago when the same managers were in place and unless they have changed they lack...
21st Dec 2010, 18:57
Replies: 118
Views: 26,399
Posted By A4scooter

If the SAR services are to be privatised I...

If the SAR services are to be privatised I presume they will rely on ex RAF/RN/army personnel to crew and maintain the helicopters.
Given that PFI has proved to be a failure and that a private...
29th Nov 2010, 14:21
Replies: 26
Views: 5,860
Posted By A4scooter

According to The telegraph the UK had the 3rd...

According to The telegraph the UK had the 3rd largest defence budget globally.
Ignoring countries such as China and India etc. where wages would be far lower than those of western nations enabling...
29th Nov 2010, 12:53
Replies: 2,041
Views: 508,327
Posted By A4scooter

I have never been a fan of the the Nimrod MR4 and...

I have never been a fan of the the Nimrod MR4 and can understand the logic that having a fleet of 9 aircraft which no other countries operates would be a huge financial burden.
The fact that...
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