RIAT 2018 wishlist

Re: RIAT 2018 wishlist

Postby G67 on Sat 09 Jun 2018, 5:45 am

rdchawk wrote:You're joking right?


Not at all

Under the NATO Strategic Airlift Interim Solution ( SALIS ), Antonov and Volga have each had an AN-124 permanently stationed at Leipzig-Halle Airport since March 2006, with additional uplift available at short notice.


They've been hauling NATO around the globe for more than a decade. One of the very aircraft that does that will be sitting 30 km away.

What's the BBMF's contribution to modern NATO capability? OK they're part of RAF100, so bring them in and put them on static with the other relics.
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Re: RIAT 2018 wishlist

Postby AngryAndyPandy on Sat 09 Jun 2018, 8:30 am

G67 wrote:
rdchawk wrote:You're joking right?


Not at all

Under the NATO Strategic Airlift Interim Solution ( SALIS ), Antonov and Volga have each had an AN-124 permanently stationed at Leipzig-Halle Airport since March 2006, with additional uplift available at short notice.


They've been hauling NATO around the globe for more than a decade. One of the very aircraft that does that will be sitting 30 km away.

What's the BBMF's contribution to modern NATO capability? OK they're part of RAF100, so bring them in and put them on static with the other relics.


Commemorate, Celebrate, Inspire. Sidelining the BBMF to static would be a little insulting to the whole commemorate side of that, but each to their own. Also, NATO isn't the RAF so an An-124 helping NATO doesn't really have a solid link to the RAF, and if it does it's a small link compared with the what the BBMF represent. As much as I'd love to see a '124 in any capacity. :smile:
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Re: RIAT 2018 wishlist

Postby Seahornet on Sat 09 Jun 2018, 9:37 am

G67 wrote:...What's the BBMF's contribution to modern NATO capability?...


Just remind yourself that the celebration is in recognition of 100 years of the RAF. Whenever 'Modern NATO' has a celebration, you could argue that an An-124 is more relevant than the BBMF, but for this one, your argument is unsupportable.
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In stature, grace and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the iceberg too....
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Re: RIAT 2018 wishlist

Postby Gripenjetphotos on Sun 10 Jun 2018, 9:51 pm

G67 wrote:Space booked at Farnborough for a Volga-Dnepr An-124. Their rates are available with a phone-call. Would look awesome amongst the C-17s and given how much work the 124s have done supporting NATO missions it would probably have more reason to be at RIAT than, say, BBMF...


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