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  1. Perhaps the point is, if you’re nuked, you’re nuked? Recall from my RAF training* that one could expect the following sequence from a nuclear detonation: flash; heat/radiation; blast. Given that the Bang would arrive with the blast, by then one was already well and truly fried and thus rather disinterested in any resulting noise.** Cheers Stay Well Mike *our RAF Regiment training sgt at Cranwell (1976/77) had an endearing habit of referring to the phenomenon as “The Nuclear Holy-Cost”. ** unofficial RAF SOP in the event of detecting a nuclear detonation: “place one’s head between one’s knees, and kiss one’s a*se goodbye”.
  2. Si seulement ça avait pu arriver.. des Crach’feus?
  3. Could try repainting a Frogfoot?
  4. Eurofighter will remain operational up to 2060

    Based on year of first flight, equates to Sopwith Camel remaining operational until 1982, or Spitfire until 2002..
  5. UK F-35B down

    Glad to see that the pilot banged out safely, and is back in QE. But how far we have come. Back in the ‘60s, Scimitars and Sea Vixens went in on a regular basis, sometimes monthly..
  6. Well 19 and 23 did use SPADs once. Over a hundred years ago.. ;) PS for nitpickers, the Moranes, Farmans, Nieuports etc don’t count. They were RNAS/RFC.
  7. Hate to quibble, but why would 23 Sqn be on Mirage IVs? They’re a fighter sqn, it’s a bomber. The RAF is particular about its sqn traditions.. ;) Nice model though :))
  8. The myth of the invincible western tanks

    Nothing is invulnerable, but a lot depends on how the kit is operated. For example the second pic, of the turret lying on the ground, clearly shows a national flag on the side of the turret - is it Egypt? So the tanks shown are not necessarily American and German. I wonder who the wrecks in all the other pics belonged to, and how they were using them.
  9. I’m reminded by all this that round about 1970 I saw a report in the aviation press of the F-105 “Thunderstick” mod. This was a complete modernisation of the ac’s avionics to give it an all-weather strike capability. Must have made the Thud’s Vietnam veterans smile (sidebar: the USAF exchange instructor when I was at RAFC Cranwell in 1976 was a 100-mission Thud driver. Although RAF exchange pilots with the USAF weren’t allowed to fly in Vietnam, with our traditional extensive cross-embedding we still got to learn all the operational lessons. Thank you USAF) The Thunderstick’’s visible difference from a regular Thud was a much bigger spine fairing, with the canopy cross-section being carried back all the way to the base of the fin. I don’t think many were converted though, maybe only a couple of dozen.
  10. Whether it works right or not, if you ever have a forced landing never forget to detach the clock and bring it with you. Because while the Army will always forgive the loss of an aeroplane, it will never forget the loss of a clock. (I’m not making this up, that is how things really worked in the RFC).
  11. You’re right Wrench, they had Beagles. Saw some in Phnom Penh in late 1979, when we were flying in supplies for the Red Cross just after the NVA had kicked out the Khmer Rouge. Also saw what looked like Farmers. Bit hard to tell with those, all the VPAF ac were on the opposite side of the runway from the civil ramp that we used for our Herc.
  12. Nice! But why not cut your losses, chaps, and use a more effective British design? ..as happened in real life :) “Cranberry” Wrench? That was our alternate name for them. In my time they were better known as “Berrycans”. BTW, sidenote, the British smirked somewhat when Martin manufactured its B-57s to far tighter tolerance margins than our own Berrycans, for no discernible difference in performance. Fast forward to the early 2000s’, when BAe’s attempts to attach new Nimrod MR4 CAD/CAM-made wings to 1960s/70s hand-manufactured Nimrod MR2 fuselages ended in tears*. Perhaps the American approach to manufacturing tolerances (choking on my scotch here) may actually have been the right one? * sooo bloody frustrating, If only they’d spoken to any flight sergeant/chief tech on the Nimrod fleet, they’d have told them how each airframe was subtly different. Personally (as an air mover) I recall how we all knew that a couple of our VC10s were a “bit different” from the rest. In Nimrod’s case, could have meant that Britain would have retained its extremely efficient MPA capability without the unfortunate 10-year gap until the acquisition - at significant extra cost - of the arguably less-capable P-8 Poseidon. End of rant. PS for Spinners, apologies for wandering off topic. Again. Consequences of being an aviation type for >50 years 😉😉
  13. Nice! But why not cut your losses, chaps, and use a more effective design, like that Limey “Canberra” thing?
  14. What is this B-52 carrying?

    Wasn’t just the B-52 that was tested carrying dummy Skybolts, they were tried on Vulcans as well. The RAF intent was for Skybolt to replace the rather unreliable Blue Steel. Preparations went as far as most Vulcan B2s being manufactured with the necessary wing hard points. Twenty years after Skybolt was cancelled, these hardpoints suddenly became useful as somewhere to hang Shrike ARMs for long-range SEAD sorties during the Falklands War.
  15. Hunter F.6M? Just looked that up, a Spinners SF2 job with Firestreaks. Interesting. However, having crawled over Lightnings, and seeing the size of the alternate internal systems packs for their Firestreak and Red Top missiles, am fairly sure that the only way the Firestreak pack would fit in a Hunter would be to use the space allocated for the Aden gun pack. Meaning, no guns. BTW Snowburn, by your suggested timescale those Hunters would have been replaced by ex-RAFG Lightning F2As. Which in the real world were by then parked around RAFG airfields as decoy targets. Finally! A role for which the “Frightning” had adequate range.. (that ac was so fuel-desperate, it had fuel tanks in its flaps. Really). Changing angle slightly, I see that Spinners “assigned” his Hunters F.6M to 1435 Flt, which since 1982 has operated Phantoms, Tornados and now Typhoons from the Malvinas/Falklands. Nice piece of historical continuity there on the part of my former service. The original 1435 Flt operated 3 Sea Gladiators in defence of Malta in 1940. So it is therefore our “remote island defence flight”. Those Gladiators were famously named “Faith”, “Hope” and “Charity”. Today’s 1435 Typhoons (as were the Phantoms and Tornados before them) are correspondingly marked “F”, “H”, “C”, and “D”. “D”? “Desperation”...
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