MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby paullangford on Sun 04 Mar 2018, 8:42 pm

From Facebook,

"Recently, one MQ-1 was transported to the American Air Museum in Duxford, England, and another was sent to the Royal Air Force Museum in London.
Airmen began demilitarizing the Predators before scheduled shipment dates while supporting local training missions and downrange operations.

Are you ready to say goodbye to the MQ-1? It is scheduled to sunset on March 9, 2018 as the Air Force transitions to an all MQ-9 Reaper force."

Learn more about it’s official retirement here: http://www.creech.af.mil/
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby jag636 on Sun 04 Mar 2018, 10:35 pm

Museums would love some of those, they are very much an unsung force in many people thoughts of the ongoing change in military aviation
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby ErrolC on Sun 04 Mar 2018, 11:04 pm

The RAAF Museum has a Heron cowling on display.

ImageIAI Heron UAV cover by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageHeron poster by Errol Cavit, on Flickr
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby boff180 on Mon 05 Mar 2018, 3:02 am

I can understand the AAM getting one as the Predator was a game changer for the USAF/CIA - the first truly successful long endurance UAV - and the first to be successful as a UCAV too.

However why is Hendon getting one? The RAF never operated the MQ-1?
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby Pen Pusher on Mon 05 Mar 2018, 6:15 am

The RAF never operated the MH-53 but there is one at Cosford.

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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby boff180 on Mon 05 Mar 2018, 6:50 am

Pen Pusher wrote:The RAF never operated the MH-53 but there is one at Cosford.

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However the ‘53 operated from the UK shores (at an RAF airfield) for a significant number of years so there is a clear link.
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby Pen Pusher on Mon 05 Mar 2018, 7:02 am

And how do you know the Predator didn't. :whistle: :whistle:

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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby Stagger2 on Mon 05 Mar 2018, 6:47 pm

The question 'more' carefully phrased is:- If the MQ-1 Predator didn't operate from an RAF base in the UK or overseas... Was it 'operated' by an RAF base in the UK, or indeed an overseas Sovereign Base? :ninja:
Pity they don't have an Air-show at Waddington anymore! :whistle:
RAF Akrotiri can have nice weather this time of year? :wink:
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby GertrudetheMerciless on Tue 06 Mar 2018, 10:18 am

Stagger2 wrote:The question 'more' carefully phrased is:- If the MQ-1 Predator didn't operate from an RAF base in the UK or overseas... Was it 'operated' by an RAF base in the UK, or indeed an overseas Sovereign Base? :ninja:
Pity they don't have an Air-show at Waddington anymore! :whistle:
RAF Akrotiri can have nice weather this time of year? :wink:


I don't think the Predator ever was operated from any RAF base in any form.
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby Wissam24 on Tue 06 Mar 2018, 10:37 am

The RAF never flew MiG-15s or MiG-21s but the museum still has them.
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby cg_341 on Tue 06 Mar 2018, 11:02 am

As Andy hasn't (yet) shared it. Tony Osborne has made a valid point over on Twitter:



1115 Flight operated MQ-1s before becoming part of 39 Squadron on MQ-9s: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._39_Squadron_RAF#RPAS
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby boff180 on Tue 06 Mar 2018, 12:07 pm

Haven't had time to read up on it yet, life gets in the way ;-)
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby st24 on Tue 06 Mar 2018, 2:40 pm

Surely some sort of toy museum would be better seeing as they're just big models... :question:
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby Georgeconna on Tue 06 Mar 2018, 3:06 pm

Excellent....Cant Wait to get my photo taken in the Cockpit..
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby st24 on Tue 06 Mar 2018, 3:53 pm

Georgeconna wrote:Excellent....Cant Wait to get my photo taken in the Cockpit..

:grin: I'm sure they'll set up a PC game console, monitor and office chair next to it for the same experience.. !
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby Wissam24 on Tue 06 Mar 2018, 4:38 pm

st24 wrote:
Georgeconna wrote:Excellent....Cant Wait to get my photo taken in the Cockpit..

:grin: I'm sure they'll set up a PC game console, monitor and office chair next to it for the same experience.. !


No, it'll be in Cosford. That'll be an even more representative experience.
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Re: MQ-1 to AAM Duxford & RAFM Hendon

Postby paullangford on Wed 07 Mar 2018, 3:14 pm

Wissam24 wrote:
st24 wrote:
Georgeconna wrote:Excellent....Cant Wait to get my photo taken in the Cockpit..

:grin: I'm sure they'll set up a PC game console, monitor and office chair next to it for the same experience.. !


No, it'll be in Cosford. That'll be an even more representative experience.


Oh....very good :clap: :clap: :clap:
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