topman wrote: ↑07 Feb 2024, 21:31
albedo wrote: ↑07 Feb 2024, 19:30
topman wrote: ↑06 Feb 2024, 21:03
We'd need at least one other base and hundreds of people for this fleet alone to hit 138.
Just out of sheer curiosity, if there were to be enough 'extra' F35's to justify it, which previous but currently non-active airfield is still close enough to being operational to be worth reactivating? Any of them? Maybe none of them?
(Though I guess that if Trump does win a second term then the future of Mildenhall is in the balance again and could (?) be an obvious candidate.) Is Honington still viable - also close enough to be a neighbour to Marham?
If marham was so full where else? Leeming probably, it was an option for another typhoon base.
Army has leuchars, but probably not impossible. Honington, i doubt it. There were a load of slam blocks on the pan last time I was there.
I doubt you'd want it anywhere that's got much there already, too much work needed that's too disruptive. The quieter the better.
I think that's all quite a way away if ever.
You'd have to assume they'd pick a base with HAS, which really only leaves Leeming, which has other uses at present but is quite modern as fighter bases go....
(Owned by MoD, HAS in place)
Leeming - Clear favourite for a whole host of reasons..
Wattisham - Army, still in use for aviation
Honington - Do we want another base 25km from Marham?
Leuchars - Very popular posting..
Woodbridge - MoD, large site
(Need reactivating, but has lots of HAS)
Upper Heyford - Massive HAS, not in East Anglia...a proper air base like only the USAF could afford...
Bentwaters - lots of HAS, no hangars
(No HAS, but in good locations for lots of reasons)
Cottesmore - Still MoD owned, no HAS but modern munitions storage and facilities
Wittering - Near to above, lovely officers mess mind...modern munitions storage and faciltiies
Finningley - No HAS, massive runway, was one of the happiest stations around, not in use at present, but had lots of investment. RAF Heavies could do with a decent diversion from Waddington and Brize...
Brawdy - No HAS, nice location in an area starved of Forces presence, would be useful as a P-8 satellite as well...
St Mawgan - Have to share with airport, useful for P-8 satellite, lovely part of the world...
Too Far Gone...
Alconbury - Biggest HAS around, but runway gone.
Coltishall - Renowned as one of the happiest RAF stations in Jag days. A solar farm...
Lyneham - Real pity, happy station, important diversion for Brize, solar farm along the runway...