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F-16s for the Red Arrows

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Trashy news story of the week maybe - but also the dream:

 

 

 

Red Arrows 'should replace their ageing British-made Hawk jets with second hand American planes' 
  • The Hawk T1 jet used by the Red Arrows due to be replaced in 2018 
  • Senior RAF officer has suggested they should be replaced with F-16s
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  • Lt Commander Tim Flatman says there's a possibility of buying older aircraft
  • But critics say the display team should be using British-built jets 
  • Ministry of Defence say no decision has been taken on the replacement planes 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2789791/red-arrows-replace-ageing-british-hawk-jets-second-hand-american-planes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

 

 

 

 

Personally buying old airframes to do non stop aerobatics doesn't seem a great idea - you could argue on the non existent support structure perhaps - but they managed to fit in the RC-135s

 


Cant find an F-16 but here are some candidates:

 

TheNewredArrows.jpg

 

 

F407_F35A_Red_Arrows.jpg

 

 

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They should reactivate the Tornado F3 or Jaguar.

 

Its a display team! Tornado and Jaguar are not well known for agility.

They should stay with the Hawks. Cost efficient solution.

Edited by Gepard

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Its a display team! Tornado and Jaguar are not well known for agility.

They should stay with the Hawks. Cost efficient solution.

 

Don't worry Gepard, it was primarily for the rant, although outer Atlantic two teams have already demonstrated that they could use a Mach 2 capable flying truck for demonstration (once rid of what is unnecessary and heavy).

Otherwise I would be your advice to keep the Hawk even longer.

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Not sure whether this often transpires outside of the UK, but a lot of us Brits have absolutely no time whatsoever for news 'outlets' such as the Daily Mail (Fail). Their atrocious track record of abysmal inaccuracies and outright horsesh!te indicate they should never be referred to in a million years. The likes of The Mirror, The Sun etc are also only good for wiping your behind with also.

 

This non-article was written purely to sell rags, considering the procurement style of the MoD, it would be highly predictable for them to convert aicraft to T2 standard and carry on using them. The great advantage of the Hawk is that it's affordable to operate in this role, relatively light on maintenance and very nifty in the right hands.

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And what a SPLENDID idea to use the F-35, very cost efficient too, and looking soooooo pretty, the crowds will be delighted and not second hand trash but brand new too !!!!! :beta:

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