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by topman
24 Oct 2020, 19:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 376953
Location: Tokelau

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Is there a picture or video of what you are thinking of?
by topman
24 Oct 2020, 19:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 376953
Location: Tokelau

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

If it is flush with the wing, I don't see how you get much maneuverability if it's that close to the wing?
by topman
24 Oct 2020, 18:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 376953
Location: Tokelau

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I'd be very interested to see a delta design that incorporates canards into the very front of the wing, flush with the rest of the body. On the supposed skyborg above, this would be directly behind the cockpit where the wing merges with the centre of the ucav. Could provide alot of agility when nee...
by topman
07 Oct 2020, 17:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Think USMC /navy Will be taking close watch how hmsqe preforms next year to asses the small carrier concept as being reported in navylookout today,I don't mean they would want a qe class not their cup of tea at all but how the concept will workout and possibly take some pointers from the qe design ...
by topman
02 Oct 2020, 20:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 783955
Location: Tokelau

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

Timmymagic wrote:
topman wrote:It did used to be done by RAF in house, but it was contracted out some time around 2011.


Are they bringing it back in house for Protector?


I don't know.
by topman
02 Oct 2020, 19:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 783955
Location: Tokelau

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

Is it? Don't maintain them either. All contracted out. I knew there was the takeoff/recovery crew and operational flying seperation. Thought the ground crew was in house now. Presumably this arrangement will change drastically with Protector though? It did used to be done by RAF in house, but it wa...
by topman
30 Sep 2020, 16:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 783955
Location: Tokelau

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

The document also goes into the sortie rate expected that my earlier post cited , other posts have suggested this can be misleading and would depend on the mission or flying time of the aircraft involved but does it not suggest a very good turn around time for the aircraft involved in comparison to...
by topman
30 Sep 2020, 09:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 783955
Location: Tokelau

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

It would be useful to ferry out aircraft to the carriers, of course doing the usual thing and using the fuel in the underwing tanks first before going to internal tanks. Also if you were going to use the buddy system to have a F-35 tanker available to top up returning aircraft from a long range mis...
by topman
30 Sep 2020, 09:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 783955
Location: Tokelau

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

The document also goes into the sortie rate expected that my earlier post cited , other posts have suggested this can be misleading and would depend on the mission or flying time of the aircraft involved but does it not suggest a very good turn around time for the aircraft involved in comparison to...
by topman
28 Sep 2020, 16:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 783955
Location: Tokelau

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

SW1 wrote:For all the chat something’s just never ever change



:lolno:
by topman
25 Sep 2020, 18:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Scimitar54 wrote:Only if the Carrier has been sunk or disabled THEN. :mrgreen:


What exactly are you on about?
by topman
25 Sep 2020, 18:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Scimitar54 wrote:One that is really “in the the thick of it”. Fighter aircraft providing defensive cover for a Carrier in a very high threat environment, when as many sorties as are needed will require to be performed. :mrgreen:


You mean none then.
by topman
25 Sep 2020, 17:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It depends on how LM interpreted that requirement, fewer longer sorties are more realistic of real world flying.

What FJ flies 5 sorties a day?
by topman
25 Sep 2020, 17:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 225
Views: 63105
Location: Tokelau

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

I saw a figure of about $250m quoted when the UAE took there 3 a/c as an option but I wouldn’t read much into those figures because it’s impossible to know what’s included. Beside thru supt cost will be the real difference. But besides all that it’s not really what I’d consider. The best example is...
by topman
25 Sep 2020, 14:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 302
Views: 76537
Location: Tokelau

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/roya ... kazakhstan

Must be one of its more unusual trips.
by topman
24 Sep 2020, 20:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 225
Views: 63105
Location: Tokelau

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

I saw a figure of about $250m quoted when the UAE took there 3 a/c as an option but I wouldn’t read much into those figures because it’s impossible to know what’s included. Beside thru supt cost will be the real difference. But besides all that it’s not really what I’d consider. The best example is...
by topman
24 Sep 2020, 20:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Again: Why not put some Chinhooks and Apaches as well? At least for the photo-op. :think: Because aircraft that aren't involved in the exercise won't get involved as it's a waste of time. The MoD doesn't revolve around spotter circle jerks. You seem to be forgetting the obligitary photo ops with sh...
by topman
24 Sep 2020, 19:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Again: Why not put some Chinhooks and Apaches as well? At least for the photo-op. :think: Because aircraft that aren't involved in the exercise won't get involved as it's a waste of time. The MoD doesn't revolve around spotter circle jerks. You seem to be forgetting the obligitary photo ops with sh...
by topman
24 Sep 2020, 06:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

abc123 wrote:Again: Why not put some Chinhooks and Apaches as well? At least for the photo-op. :think:


Because aircraft that aren't involved in the exercise won't get involved as it's a waste of time. The MoD doesn't revolve around spotter circle jerks.
by topman
21 Sep 2020, 20:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 376953
Location: Tokelau

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Wigston added: “Instead of mass and mobilization, defense will focus more on speed, readiness and global reach—what air and space power does best. . . . Air and space power give our government the ability to act worldwide: at range, at speed, precisely and with minimal physical and political risk.”...
by topman
10 Sep 2020, 08:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

5x UK F-35B That figure is a disgrace. I think you should cut them a bit of slack, it's a new aircraft with only a relatively small number of aircraft. I know they'll be working hard, extra shifts, working weekends etc. I know people get giddy on here with fantasy fleets but people should wind back...
by topman
09 Sep 2020, 20:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Marham always was a marmite posting; loads of people had to be dragged out of there kicking and screaming, even more couldn't wait to leave! Bet its preferable to Yuma by 100%. Slightly bemused as to why Marham should be disliked too much. Sure it's a fairly rural location with pleasant enough but ...
by topman
09 Sep 2020, 20:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ron5 wrote:
topman wrote:Marham always was a marmite posting; loads of people had to be dragged out of there kicking and screaming, even more couldn't wait to leave!


Bet its preferable to Yuma by 100%.


Can't say I've ever been to yuma, I think chinooks go on det there.
by topman
08 Sep 2020, 20:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011583
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Marham always was a marmite posting; loads of people had to be dragged out of there kicking and screaming, even more couldn't wait to leave!
by topman
05 Sep 2020, 07:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 376953
Location: Tokelau

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Ron5 wrote:
And the publicly announced reason that Typhoon withdrew isn't the whole story by a long shot.


What is the whole story?

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