Stolen C-130 from RAF Mildenhall (Old story)


Re: Stolen C-130 from RAF Mildenhall (Old story)

Postby Amp on Wed 18 Apr 2018, 12:21 pm

This story did the rounds a couple of weeks ago. Glad to see the BBC keeping up!
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Re: Stolen C-130 from RAF Mildenhall (Old story)

Postby Airwolfhound on Wed 18 Apr 2018, 1:02 pm

Ah fair enough, I did trawl down the forum board but couldn't spot anything, hence putting it up :smile:
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Re: Stolen C-130 from RAF Mildenhall (Old story)

Postby Ewart on Wed 18 Apr 2018, 6:57 pm

It was on Fighter Control that this story did the rounds.

Although the Beeb's report mentions the 'pilot' managed to patch his radio into the telephone network and make an international call to the USA. Was that even possible?
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Re: Stolen C-130 from RAF Mildenhall (Old story)

Postby Brevet Cable on Wed 18 Apr 2018, 7:32 pm

The 'Fighter Control' forum existed in 1969......!! :dizzy:
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It's reared it's head a number of times over the years.

The recent incarnation surfaced some time before 12th March on the 'Deeper Dorset' website ( before FC, the BBC, The Times & various other forums all picked up on it on 13th March )

Ewart wrote:....the 'pilot' managed to patch his radio into the telephone network and make an international call to the USA. Was that even possible?

Possibly the M.A.R.S. system : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Auxiliary_Radio_System
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Re: Stolen C-130 from RAF Mildenhall (Old story)

Postby Tommy on Thu 19 Apr 2018, 4:24 pm

I've heard this story before, and it's quite an interesting one. It triggers a bit of curiosity.

If anyone reads any of the excellent "Boys" books, one of the excerpts in Lightning Boys is from an RAF QRA pilot who was on duty that night, and had to allow a USAF to scramble to intercept, rather than him. Sadly I don't have it with me, so can't recall it verbatim, but it was a pretty fascinating read.
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Re: Stolen C-130 from RAF Mildenhall (Old story)

Postby T_J on Sun 30 Dec 2018, 5:16 pm

C-130 found.

It's taken 10 years, but professional diver Grahame Knott has finally found a US Air Force plane that crashed into the Channel in 1969.

..... the plan is for the Deeper Dorset team to dive down to the wreck site in spring, when the underwater visibility in the Channel will have improved, and to video the wreck from all angles. This will enable a computerised, 3D-image of the crash site to be constructed, and studied by air accident investigators.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-46624382
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Re: Stolen C-130 from RAF Mildenhall (Old story)

Postby Spiny Norman on Thu 03 Jan 2019, 10:35 am

Tommy wrote:I've heard this story before, and it's quite an interesting one. It triggers a bit of curiosity.

If anyone reads any of the excellent "Boys" books, one of the excerpts in Lightning Boys is from an RAF QRA pilot who was on duty that night, and had to allow a USAF to scramble to intercept, rather than him. Sadly I don't have it with me, so can't recall it verbatim, but it was a pretty fascinating read.


Yes, Rick Groombridge was on QRA at Wattisham. Was relieved by USAF exchange pilot who was rumoured to have taken off then returned with one missile (which was replaced at missile section before taxying back to QRA hangar). End of Chapter 7 in Lightning Boys.
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