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by downsizer
14 Mar 2019, 20:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 786668

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

I would remind people that this thread is only for the UK's F-35B aircraft. This thread is in the UK Equipment section. If you have international news of the F-35A/B/C, please use the international threads. Thankyou. I would remind you that you are not a mod. But that would be pointless because you...
by downsizer
28 Feb 2019, 12:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12536
Views: 2020656

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

@Sunk at Narvik How is the UK going to operate double the aircraft with the same ground crew? (are they still called ground crew ion a carrier?) Aircraft Handler is the closest to ground crew in the FAA I guess, obviously they have other roles assigned such as Air controllers and Air engineers. Air...
by downsizer
28 Feb 2019, 12:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12536
Views: 2020656

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Why would the marines bring their own support crew? I thought the whole point of "interoperability" is that a US F35 can touch down on an RN carrier, get its windscreen wiped and top up without having to redeploy dozens of blokes from its own carrier. There is a load of difference between...
by downsizer
21 Feb 2019, 07:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Panavia Tornado (RAF)
Replies: 195
Views: 60753

Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

If it was Leuchars then it was far more likely he was watching F3s.
by downsizer
24 Jan 2019, 18:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 347974

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Still can't do 4 SS like the fin.
by downsizer
23 Jan 2019, 10:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 347974

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Personally I think there are bigger priorities than an AShM on Typhoon.
by downsizer
19 Jan 2019, 18:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12536
Views: 2020656

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think people are reading too much into those numbers in the article and put their own answers to get a conclusion they favour. The 72 number is the ships theoretical maximum in terms of ship design for things like refuelling ammo loads etc. The number of F35 sorties will be another number entirel...
by downsizer
17 Jan 2019, 08:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 786668

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

Wasn’t cancelled for weight reasons.
by downsizer
16 Jan 2019, 17:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 347974

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:
downsizer wrote:
ArmChairCivvy wrote:- if the patrol/ scramble is done in pairs, then only one a/c would be armed (routinely)


Eh? What?


Pls do refine the calculation :D how to make the C5s last out to 2030
- every little bit helps ;) (talking about money pinching, in extremis)


Pretty sure both QRA jets will always be armed.
by downsizer
16 Jan 2019, 13:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 347974

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:- if the patrol/ scramble is done in pairs, then only one a/c would be armed (routinely)


Eh? What?
by downsizer
14 Jan 2019, 19:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 786668

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

Just because it was announced on a date when everyone (including the press) was back at work, doesn't mean it wasn't ready earlier. Jeez, the internet is full of tubes and swivel eyed idiots. :crazy: :roll:
by downsizer
11 Jan 2019, 08:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 378251

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Lord Jim wrote:Remember a great many these days are BAe or Rolls Royce personnel, both at forward and depth.


Not forward they aren’t.
by downsizer
31 Dec 2018, 13:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 56
Views: 20686

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote:Is there any reason that the AAC Wildcats cannot be used I urban situations,


Not big enough for this type of work.
by downsizer
30 Dec 2018, 19:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 56
Views: 20686

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Bingo. Merlin and chinook are too big.
by downsizer
30 Dec 2018, 07:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 56
Views: 20686

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote:Should any Puma replacement to given to the AAC rather than the RAF?


Not unless all RW is going. And that's another discussion.
by downsizer
28 Dec 2018, 09:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 56
Views: 20686

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Wildcat and Merlin aren't really medium lift in the sense of Puma.
by downsizer
07 Dec 2018, 14:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12536
Views: 2020656

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

With concurrent activity you can knock out way more than 6 PW4 Per hour.
by downsizer
01 Dec 2018, 08:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12536
Views: 2020656

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A lot of misunderstanding of how the lightning force is tasked here and indeed what the RAF can or cannot say no to.
by downsizer
30 Nov 2018, 20:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12536
Views: 2020656

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

"Don't worry, it is not going to happen. We are joint now, things have changed, it's all about the carriers". Yeah, right. I'm so surprised. Shocked, really. Unamed sources. Close to the navy. Rumours. Do me a favour, this is just the usual silly season BS. There is no money fucking anywh...
by downsizer
26 Nov 2018, 17:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 786668

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

SKB wrote:Izumo at 248m long is 32m shorter than QE and will need a ramp.


Need a ramp? Need?

Not sure sure about that, the Essex is 257 and has no ramp.
by downsizer
18 Nov 2018, 08:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 94647

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

I say again. No probes.

If anything changes it will be a boom to the tanker.
by downsizer
17 Nov 2018, 07:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 94647

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

We won't be fitting probes to anything. Period.

Absolutely zero appetite to modify those frames away from standard.
by downsizer
14 Nov 2018, 20:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 94647

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

I'm sure it is. My point was more about affordability both now and in the future. Just to clarify my post is a reply to downsizer. I'm not arguing your point dude. My point was more addressing the fantasists who think bunging a radar onto voyager or any other frame is going to be simple. Or easy. O...
by downsizer
14 Nov 2018, 20:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 94647

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

I'm sure it is. My point was more about affordability both now and in the future. Just to clarify my post is a reply to downsizer. I'm not arguing your point dude. My point was more addressing the fantasists who think bunging a radar onto voyager or any other frame is going to be simple. Or easy. O...

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