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  1. To quote Bill Bedford, former Chief Test Pilot, Hawker Aircraft: "Even a monkey can fall out of a tree."
  2. It'll buff out.
  3. Fair point, Dave. Newquay's runway is somewhat shorter than it was during its RAF ownership, due to CAA regulations on approach patterns etc. This is also why a lot of the trees on the northern perimeter have been cut down. It was never a diversionary strip for the Shuttle -that honour was always Fairford's*- but it was for many years a Master Emergency Diversion Airfield (MEDA) with 24hr cover, and on one occasion in the 1980s was used by a BA 747 out of Heathrow that turned back due to a young girl suffering a medical emergency. With regard to RIAT, looking at the $50 million of work that needs to be done, it is likely that the show may have to find an alternative venue for at least one year. Jump to p.175 of this cure for insomnia: Force MILCON FY18.pdf?ver=2017-05-23-153715-980. Boscombe Down is about the only alternative I can think of, as Cottesmore is no longer operational and the other sizeable runways are all in less than desirable locations for various reasons. What I don't understand is that the existing runway length was considered suitable for regular operations by fuel-laden KC-135s when Fairford hosted the regular European Tanker Task Force detachments, but is not deemed suitable for RC-135s. * The four European Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL) sites for the Shuttle were Fairford, Istres, Zaragoza and Moron.
  4. RIAT shouldn't be affected, all jesting aside. The MoD did give as one of the reasons for discontinuing the Waddington show the presence of sneaky beak aircraft at the air station, not that it worried them before. I suspect they were more worried about the Shadow R.1s than the RC-135s. By the way, there should be another USAF bomber detachment at Fairford this June as well. Rumours of B-1s or B-52s, but nothing firm yet.
  5. This may yet include RAF RC-135 ops, as Waddington is not long enough for Rivet Joint to get airborne with a full fuel load, and the RAF have been looking at co-locating with the USAF. It shouldn't affect RIAT, as I would have thought that the RC-135s could be tucked far enough away from the plebs. If it does, RIAT might be looking for a new home.
  6. If you have a driving licence I seriously suggest hiring a car for outside of London.
  7. And can we not turn it into a religion-bash either, if you please. You may not have faith, but I do, and you may consider it imaginary, but I don't.
  8. It takes a particular kind of hatred to target kids, and to do so with such care to detail. Sickening, just sickening.
  9. Lots and lots and lots of Micro Set.
  10. Just had a Boeing 727 overhead Truro at less than 3000ft. From T2 Aviation Oil Response, operating out of Newquay.
  11. The original 1/48 Spitfire/Bf 109F dogfight double in the red box are old moulds as well. If you see the one with a Bf 109E it is the new mouldings.
  12. I've always thought the Aviocar to be a neat little aircraft. Quite a few options for different colours as well, and of course plenty of whif potential (Army Air Corps black and green, anyone?).
  13. The GR.1A differed from the GR.1 only in the installation of the TIRRS (Tornado Infra-Red Reconnaissance System) in the forward fuselage, with the deletion of the two 27mm cannon to make way for it. It was otherwise a standard GR.1. Following the mid-life upgrade to GR.4/4A standard TIRRS was superseded by the RAPTOR pod which could be fitted to any RAF IDS aircraft. As a result the RAF dropped the 'A' suffix, and all RAF IDS aircraft were subsequently designated GR.4.
  14. Actually they don't. They are either IDS, ADV or ECR as far as Panavia are concerned, with no distinction between sub-variants. The late, lamented World Air Power Journal had a tremendous two-part, in-depth article on Tornado variants, and even they had trouble when it came to nomenclature.
  15. Now part way through The Silent Deep: The Royal Navy Submarine Service Since 1945 by James Jinks and Peter Hennessy. Very informative and very interesting. Currently on the section dealing with the Navy's planning for Polaris, and surprising to read firstly that a lot of the Naval staff did not want to take the deterrent role on, and secondly that despite his Naval career Mountbatten, as Chief of the Defence Staff, was a lot more evenhanded and neutral than I for one had given him credit for.