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c.smith10

RAF MIldenhall to close?

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Who knows there seems to be a plan to make Cambridgeshire one giant new housing estate?

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It might be an easier & shorter list as to what's left!

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DIscussions yesterday indicate the closure may be delayed or canned. Mildenhall MOD Plod say postponed until 2027, an insider tells me the move to Germany is already $151 Million over budget. There are no shelters for the Ospreys, and flying in Germany is restricted to so many hours per day/week; each day is different, no weekends. Watch this space.

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On ‎19‎/‎09‎/‎2016 at 0:57 AM, bentwaters81tfw said:

........ There are no shelters for the Ospreys, and flying in Germany is restricted to so many hours per day/week; each day is different, no weekends......

 

None of these points (or parts of them) should be a sudden surprise to the project team, they will have been known from day 1 and I doubt would be new factors in to change any decision?

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8 hours ago, Agent K said:

 

None of these points (or parts of them) should be a sudden surprise to the project team, they will have been known from day 1 and I doubt would be new factors in to change any decision?

Given military planning (or lack of it in some cases) I would not be sure.

 

No one on base seems to think it will actually close. 

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On 19/09/2016 at 0:57 AM, bentwaters81tfw said:

DIscussions yesterday indicate the closure may be delayed or canned. Mildenhall MOD Plod say postponed until 2027, an insider tells me the move to Germany is already $151 Million over budget. There are no shelters for the Ospreys, and flying in Germany is restricted to so many hours per day/week; each day is different, no weekends. Watch this space.

There has been rumblings locally for a while now that the base closure is far from certain. A number of the top brass who socialise with the local council members has been less than subtle about which way they think the closure is going.

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The most interesting thing in there for me was the statement that Waddington is, err, sub-optimal for RIVET JOINT because it can't take off with a full fuel load.  Might have heard rumours before but this is from an more authoritative source.  However doubt whether a trivial little operational consideration like that will stop MOD Estates cashing in on a new housing estate though.

 

PS Operation Juniper Micron?  Glad to see that USAFE has tapped into unrivalled British expertise in coming up with mind-numbingly dull cover names.

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Who knows what Russia will do in the future? If the new Cold War gets colder, retaining a USAF presence at the base may be desirable.

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An interesting article. I hadn't realised that Mildenhall had two tankers detached to Istres to support the French in Mali.

 

I also not the comment that Lakenheath will be home to over 100 fighters. I thought the F15Es were being replaced by 2x24 airframe squadrons of F35s with the future of the F15Cs undecided?

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43 minutes ago, Latinbear said:

An interesting article. I hadn't realised that Mildenhall had two tankers detached to Istres to support the French in Mali.

 

I also not the comment that Lakenheath will be home to over 100 fighters. I thought the F15Es were being replaced by 2x24 airframe squadrons of F35s with the future of the F15Cs undecided?

My understanding is that Lakenheath will retain the two Strike Eagle sqns, and with the addition of two sqns of F-35s that will push the assigned aircraft over 100. Of course in the meantime the Pave Hawks are relocating to Aviano and it is expected that the F-15Cs will retire in the not too distant future.

Mark

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4 minutes ago, canberraman said:

My understanding is that Lakenheath will retain the two Strike Eagle sqns, and with the addition of two sqns of F-35s that will push the assigned aircraft over 100. Of course in the meantime the Pave Hawks are relocating to Aviano and it is expected that the F-15Cs will retire in the not too distant future.

Mark

Ooh over a hundred aircraft at one air station hmmm yep Yeovilton is just like that.....mind you that is most of the FAA atm unless you count the peoples republic of kernow (that's Cornwall in English:-P)or the massive numbers of the quite good F35s that the RAF...oops sorry the Navy are going to get lol;)sorry couldn't resist it when I saw the 100 a/c bit ....back to basket weaving for me:angrysoapbox.sml:

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Think the thing about Waddo runway being short has been known for a long time.  I did think that the recent Bolthole from Waddo was to solve this but while the Taxi ways have got bigger the runway length doesn't seem to have changed.  Good job we can refuel the Rivet Joints......

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6 minutes ago, junglierating said:

Ooh over a hundred aircraft at one air station hmmm yep Yeovilton is just like that.....mind you that is most of the FAA atm unless you count the peoples republic of kernow (that's Cornwall in English:-P)...

 

Would that be a reference to RNAS Culdrose which proudly declares on its signboard "Home of naval fixed-wing aviation" (ie a handful of Kingairs and the handful of Hawks that the RAF have graciously let them have)? 

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It is my understanding the F-15Es were moving to Poland or somewhere nearer the "Border". Perhaps they will just TDY them on rotation.

Problem is, until the new POTUS gets his feet under the desk, no-one will know. I did hear with the expansion for LN, that the fence line was not going to move.

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1 hour ago, Seahawk said:

 

Would that be a reference to RNAS Culdrose which proudly declares on its signboard "Home of naval fixed-wing aviation" (ie a handful of Kingairs and the handful of Hawks that the RAF have graciously let them have)? 

Purely temporary....don't forget the dummy deck with the mighty Shar taxied by chock'eads....nostrous manibus tuti and all that ....cuse spelling it's alright chock'eads can't spell;)

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1 hour ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

It is my understanding the F-15Es were moving to Poland or somewhere nearer the "Border". Perhaps they will just TDY them on rotation.

Problem is, until the new POTUS gets his feet under the desk, no-one will know. I did hear with the expansion for LN, that the fence line was not going to move.

It's alright comrade May will sort him out......no politics just female persuasion

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13 hours ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

It is my understanding the F-15Es were moving to Poland or somewhere nearer the "Border". Perhaps they will just TDY them on rotation.

Problem is, until the new POTUS gets his feet under the desk, no-one will know. I did hear with the expansion for LN, that the fence line was not going to move.

 

Don't think there was ever a plan to move the F15's, and from what I have seen, the F35's are to compliment the F15's, not replace them, they are, after all, different missions.

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