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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 20 Mar 2019, 18:54
by ArmChairCivvy
Tempest414 wrote: as 12 jets would be left behind

Now :idea: I can see why we are clinging onto the Tr1s :D

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 22 Mar 2019, 13:36
by topman
downsizer wrote:Cottesmore is fully army-fied.

There are no plans to base Typhoons anywhere else than Con/Lossie. End of.


Yes no current plans, in fairness though other bases were looked at for basing typhoon sqns at fairly recently.

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 22 Mar 2019, 16:31
by Lord Jim
Isn't Mildenhall becoming available sometime in the future. :D

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 29 Mar 2019, 06:18
by shotleylad
For new homes Yes.

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 29 Mar 2019, 08:49
by Scimitar54
Those living there will then complain about the noise from Lakenheath. :mrgreen:

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 29 Mar 2019, 20:27
by Lord Jim
AS do most people who don't live in a City. Where I live there used to be two major Air Force Bases that flew fast jets, yet when the aircraft were withdrawn and the Council wanting to turn one into an airfreight Hub the locals all complained about the noise that would result. Sort term memory nimby complex.

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 13 Apr 2019, 09:49
by Timmymagic
Lord Jim wrote:AS do most people who don't live in a City. Where I live there used to be two major Air Force Bases that flew fast jets, yet when the aircraft were withdrawn and the Council wanting to turn one into an airfreight Hub the locals all complained about the noise that would result. Sort term memory nimby complex.


Same thing happened at RAF Finningley. Probably the busiest RAF base during the late Cold War. Previously it had operated Vulcan's on QRA...which my folks said were spectacular when a squadron scramble was executed...then did pretty much all the RAF's nav and multi engine training, plus the central base for all ASR helicopters. Must have been 100 plus aircraft there in its heyday, all doing multiple flights a day, a lot at very low level (particularly the JP's)

When it closed (which was a tragedy, as it was a vast base, 3rd longest runway in the UK after the 2 at Heathrow, very popular within the RAF as a posting as well..) new people moved into vacated service housing nearby and the villages surrounding it and were later amazed when it was re-opened as an actual airport....
You'd have thought that the fact that it had a huge runway, massive taxi areas, huge hangars, no real local competition and the best transport links of any airport in the UK outside of Heathrow may have possibly given them a clue....

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 15 May 2019, 19:13
by SKB

(Forces TV) 6 May 2019
RAF Lossiemouth has officially welcomed its fourth Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon force. A parade to welcome No. 9 Bomber Squadron into its new role has been held at the base.

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 16 May 2019, 12:08
by Lord Jim
One thing of interest I spotted, it seems the RAF has different Squadron sizes when it come to the Typhoon and F-35B. The former seems to be between ten and twelve aircraft at the squadron at any one time, whereas with the latter is seems there are planned to be only eight to ten.

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 16 May 2019, 13:42
by dmereifield
Lord Jim wrote:One thing of interest I spotted, it seems the RAF has different Squadron sizes when it come to the Typhoon and F-35B. The former seems to be between ten and twelve aircraft at the squadron at any one time, whereas with the latter is seems there are planned to be only eight to ten.


Does that make it easier, or not, to get a decent number of airframs on the carriers given the limited number of airames being delivered and available over the next 5 years. 16-20 F35Bs (2 squadrons) seems quite a decent number, plus a few USMC

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 16 May 2019, 15:38
by abc123
Lord Jim wrote:One thing of interest I spotted, it seems the RAF has different Squadron sizes when it come to the Typhoon and F-35B. The former seems to be between ten and twelve aircraft at the squadron at any one time, whereas with the latter is seems there are planned to be only eight to ten.


Well, it's only normal, considering that with first 48 aircrafts, with 8 aircrafts in one squadron you can ( barely ) have 2 FAA and 2 RAF squadrons, so that one squadron should be permanently assigned to active carrier of the day ( and other in lower state of readyness ), because I doubt that the RAF will be ready to assign it's own squadrons for carriers ( except in major emergencies like Falklands etc. ).

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 16 May 2019, 16:20
by downsizer
Badge is irrelevant. All aircrew and Sqns train to the same standard and same competencies and will deploy the same.

But lets not let facts or reality get in the way of the internet experts.

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 16 May 2019, 16:35
by abc123
downsizer wrote:Badge is irrelevant.


Let's hope so. Really.

But I doubt that long standing RAFs animosity towards any fixed wing naval aviation in the UK will go away so easily just because some Government 20+ years ago decided to make Joint Force Harrier/Lightning etc. After all, let's remember how Harrier ended up.
Internet expert or not- Historia is still magistra vitae.

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 16 May 2019, 19:22
by Lord Jim
dmereifield wrote:Does that make it easier, or not, to get a decent number of airframs on the carriers given the limited number of airames being delivered and available over the next 5 years. 16-20 F35Bs (2 squadrons) seems quite a decent number, plus a few USMC


I doubt we will see Squadrons as such deploy on the Carriers but rather a number of aircraft from the pool along with pilots from numerous Squadrons (when we actually have more than one).

By the way when is the OCU due to stand up and what badge/shield number does it have?

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 16 May 2019, 19:53
by downsizer
It already exists. 207.

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 17 May 2019, 08:44
by ArmChairCivvy
downsizer wrote:It already exists. 207.


Isn't the idea that it will (at first) grow oversized and then whittle down as 8 (or more) a/c will go to any new Sqdrn being stood up?
- I wonder when the peak will be reached? Once "over the hill :) " the number of qualified pilots should be sufficient for Ops (where ever that might be brewing)

BTW: noticed the headline "1st combat ops for US F-35s" in A-stan
... so in Syria it was all F-22s flying cover then?

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 17 May 2019, 18:30
by Lord Jim
I am a little confused here. We have 617 at Marham and 17 over in the USA, is 207 also over in the USA co located with the USMC whilst 17 is at the Naval Testing Station?

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 17 May 2019, 18:44
by serge750
I think this graphic is good, I think the OCU (207) is also going to be based at marham with all the other joint force lightenings except for 3 in 17 squadron which will be based in the usa for testing etc, a couple of years old but so far has been pretty much spot on.

https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/timeli ... er-strike/

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Posted: 18 May 2019, 07:52
by downsizer
617 is already at Marhell.
207 is going to Marhell this summer from MCAS Beuafort.
17 is staying at Edwards AFB in California.