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by bobp
23 Jan 2020, 21:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080771
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I am hearing QE will sail sometime tomorrow.
by bobp
22 Jan 2020, 19:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4386
Views: 394161
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

F35 from 617 Squadron are deploying to US for an exercise Red Flag. not much information given. https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/f-35-lightning-jets-depart-raf-marham-to-take-part-in-exercise-at-american-air-base-9097193/ https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles/f-35-lightnings-depart-for-exercise-red-fl...
by bobp
21 Jan 2020, 20:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 970
Views: 107317
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

UK first P8 to arrive next month...………………..
https://www.forces.net/news/rafs-new-p- ... next-month
by bobp
15 Jan 2020, 20:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 369
Views: 48402
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

RetroSicotte wrote:But now they seem to have gone Spike instead


From Israel keeping their buddies in work.
by bobp
04 Jan 2020, 06:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169306
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Have you guys forgotten this bit of news from last year? An Ex-TUI Boeing 757 has gone to Britain’s 2Excel Aviation to be used as a flying testbed for the Tempest future combat aircraft development work. Delivered on the 11th Nov to 2Excel’s MRO facilities at Lasham, it will undergo conversion work ...
by bobp
03 Jan 2020, 21:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169306
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

50 years ago (gosh I am getting old) there was a steady flow of work in the military aircraft business, but that's not the case anymore, a lot of skills will need to be re-learned.
by bobp
03 Jan 2020, 18:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169306
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

serge750 wrote:Isn't the Team tempest project in the same vain as the EAP was to typhoon?


I imagine so, at least a flying demonstrator/testbed.
by bobp
03 Jan 2020, 17:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169306
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SKB wrote:Once again, there is no future fighter plane called Tempest being developed. Its a future technologies partnership called Team Tempest. That's all.* sigh * According to the RAF’s website Tempest will “join the fleet in 2035 and replace the capabilities provided by Typhoon”According to Leo...
by bobp
29 Dec 2019, 13:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080771
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Power units for engine startup are usually on trolleys that can be moved around deck. So more likely a US communications area/admin area for when personnel on board. I seem to remember someone saying a couple of years ago there was going to be a radio room for the US.
by bobp
12 Dec 2019, 19:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)
Replies: 64
Views: 7827
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)

Jake1992 wrote:Not if the Royals fund it them selfs it doesn’t


Suppose they could name it Duke of York
by bobp
12 Dec 2019, 18:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)
Replies: 64
Views: 7827
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)

Jake1992 wrote:Looks like we could be getting a new royal yacht


Just need to get the Treasury to cough up another 50 million or so. And dual purpose it with Dept of Trade, or Foreign Office.
by bobp
12 Dec 2019, 15:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080771
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:A few pics from the day,


Its obvious who the lad looks like. You must be overflowing with pride after your day.
by bobp
11 Dec 2019, 21:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080771
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Nice hearing of your visit PhillyJ . I bet you are a proud dad at this time. I went on board QE when she was being built and a lot of areas where of limits. But I enjoyed what I saw. At that time was not allowed to take any pictures and there was so much to take in and so many decks and passages to ...
by bobp
05 Dec 2019, 21:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 339
Views: 49504
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Ron5 wrote:Do the new "wings" enable longer range?


Doubt that it does, bearing in mind the drag and weight of the missiles versus any small gain from the wing. They are supposed to enter service next year. So we may hear more shortly I guess.
by bobp
04 Dec 2019, 20:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080771
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Re the above videos.....Impressive sight one for the history books of the RN
by bobp
03 Dec 2019, 21:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1157
Views: 126820
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

Work to install a third generator in the T45 has been delayed until March next year.

https://www.janes.com/article/92974/typ ... de-delayed

Some of article behind paywall.
by bobp
03 Dec 2019, 18:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080771
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SDL wrote:i wasn't expecting to see a F-35 on board....


Me neither but as they are loading some families and kids at Weymouth maybe they are on display for them to see.
by bobp
03 Dec 2019, 08:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080771
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

QE is due back this week according to this article probably Saturday.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... task-group
by bobp
28 Nov 2019, 22:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136430
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Maybe just storage racks, for supplies. Also is the crew, all three of them? sitting in the front section. just done a quick google search and found a image with eight seats in back. So it must depend on variant.
by bobp
28 Nov 2019, 22:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136430
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

whitelancer wrote:but only six seats in the rear compartment?


Interesting. I do see two large equipment racks in the back, is this maybe a command vehicle?
by bobp
21 Nov 2019, 08:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080771
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:HMS Queen Elizabeth, currently undertaking sea trials off the coast of the USA, is due back to Portsmouth before her sister ship’s commissioning ceremony.


Looking forward to seeing that historic moment.
by bobp
15 Nov 2019, 19:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6233
Views: 483027
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Excellent news about the T31. Wondering what the 750M is for. Is that for the government furnished equipment I wonder.
by bobp
13 Nov 2019, 17:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136430
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Jake1992 wrote:Wasn’t it meant to be a new design repair and recovery variant ?


Armoured 120mm Mortar Carrier perhaps?
by bobp
12 Nov 2019, 19:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1804
Views: 170097
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Surely these would have to be new build AC as the ECR version is supposed to be a 2 seater. So plumbing in new wing fuel positions would be possible.
by bobp
12 Nov 2019, 19:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080771
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Great pictures SKB.

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