First F35s to Marham 5th June

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Postby ianf on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:00 pm

Just heard on FB live stream https://business.facebook.com/itvanglia ... 081789095/ 5 mins to landing.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby Tommy on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:03 pm

Live Stream embedded to save effort:

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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby verreli on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:03 pm

Overhead Marham at 20:05
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Postby davidjones533 on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:07 pm

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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby Spiny Norman on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:09 pm

No topside passes?

They just flew across the Atlantic and then landed?

Huh.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby MiG_Eater on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:13 pm

Is anybody else suffering from a sudden and unexpected case of F-35 fever?

I was amongst the least enthusiastic about this aircraft, but suddenly feel an unusual thrill at the thought of them being in our air force... how bizarre.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby County1884 on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:13 pm

They wouldn't get away with that at Old Warden :lol:
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby Aviation94 on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:17 pm

MiG_Eater wrote:Is anybody else suffering from a sudden and unexpected case of F-35 fever?

I was amongst the least enthusiastic about this aircraft, but suddenly feel an unusual thrill at the thought of them being in our air force... how bizarre.


I hate to say it but you're not the only one. Never thought I'd say this but they've grown on me!
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby keithjs on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:23 pm

Aviation94 wrote:
MiG_Eater wrote:Is anybody else suffering from a sudden and unexpected case of F-35 fever?

I was amongst the least enthusiastic about this aircraft, but suddenly feel an unusual thrill at the thought of them being in our air force... how bizarre.


I hate to say it but you're not the only one. Never thought I'd say this but I they've grown on me!


Isn't that weird...me too....Interesting to watch it all live too....Now then, when will they get proper squadron markings???
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby boff180 on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:24 pm

They just look cool in STOL mode.

Call me sad but I have been and still are in awe of the technology in the helmet. It truly is next generation.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby boff180 on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:31 pm

Just please for the love of all things with wings, don't put an RAF100 sticker on one of them.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby jules48 on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:33 pm

Thanks for link to Anglia TV.Very good
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Postby LN Strike Eagle on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:39 pm

boff180 wrote:Just please for the love of all things with wings, don't put an RAF100 sticker on one of them.

Of all the aircraft we have, these need it the most. Just so devoid of any colour or character that even the awful RAF100 guff would liven it up.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby Airshowhammer on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:42 pm

Love the squealing sound of them!
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby MarkL on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 7:44 pm

boff180 wrote:They just look cool in STOL mode.

Call me sad but I have been and still are in awe of the technology in the helmet. It truly is next generation.


Totally agree, love the new tech.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby harkins on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 10:09 pm

Bitter sweet day as their arrival whilst exciting does drive home that it's farewell to the Tornado.

Just wondering if anyone knows where the four will be living in the short term? I read that 12 HAS were being refurbed and that all sorts of other infrastructure is being constructed including a new 617 headquarters but I can't seem to find out if any of it is ready to use yet. I do assume they won't be left out so will they kick some Tornados out of their shelters?
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby vulcan558 on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 3:14 am

harkins wrote:Bitter sweet day as their arrival whilst exciting does drive home that it's farewell to the Tornado.

Just wondering if anyone knows where the four will be living in the short term? I read that 12 HAS were being refurbed and that all sorts of other infrastructure is being constructed including a new 617 headquarters but I can't seem to find out if any of it is ready to use yet. I do assume they won't be left out so will they kick some Tornados out of their shelters?

more hangars then Tornados. So doubt any will be kicked out.
Marham will be a very quiet place regarding movements once the Tornados go.
Most of the f35s will be on board the carriers for months on end. Then Marham will be very quiet
Compared to the past..
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby Brevet Cable on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 6:10 am

MiG_Eater wrote:Is anybody else suffering from a sudden and unexpected case of F-35 fever?

I was amongst the least enthusiastic about this aircraft, but suddenly feel an unusual thrill at the thought of them being in our air force... how bizarre.

Nope.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby 138EAW on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 6:40 am

harkins wrote:Bitter sweet day as their arrival whilst exciting does drive home that it's farewell to the Tornado.

Just wondering if anyone knows where the four will be living in the short term? I read that 12 HAS were being refurbed and that all sorts of other infrastructure is being constructed including a new 617 headquarters but I can't seem to find out if any of it is ready to use yet. I do assume they won't be left out so will they kick some Tornados out of their shelters?


617 will have the Northern HAS complex, plus the new super hangar. The Tornados are located in the Southern HAS complex

I'm guessing the 35s will be in the super hangar if it's finished or until all the building work is done
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby jules48 on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 9:11 am

Its been reported they had 9 refuels in an 8 hour flight.Is that right.How can they be the new front line aircraft if they cannot fly more then a 1000 miles without refuelling and assume they were not even supersonic.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby Tommy on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 9:18 am

I think that was discussed when they visited in 2016.

Much like how the "our supposedly all-weather aircraft can't make it because of the weather?!" comments were put straight with pretty clear and reasonable principles and facts, I'm sure that there is a very reasonable, and justified explanation as to why.

Might have something to do with the fact that they were flying below all of the civilian air traffic at a lower altitude, but IDK.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby G67 on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 9:35 am

jules48 wrote:Its been reported they had 9 refuels in an 8 hour flight.Is that right.How can they be the new front line aircraft if they cannot fly more then a 1000 miles without refuelling and assume they were not even supersonic.


Probably not performance-related, possibly more to to with contingency. For example by keeping the tanks filled there are more options for the pilot should a subsequent refuelling fail ( broken probe etc ) rather than being down to bingo-fuel.

I'm more surprised they didn't land at Lajes for a pee and Sandwiches, Brown Bread, Egg.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby ericbee123 on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 10:07 am

I’m more surprised they didn’t wait until the Autumn and fly onto the big ship designed for them which is scheduled to be off the Eastern Seaboard then. Sail across the Atlantic and fly off in the North Sea and land at Marham that way.

As stated it wasn’t a test of endurance. They were determined to get 4 jets to Marham yesterday, full on kid gloves and minimal risk. Ideal weather, 4 and a spare take off, 2 Voyagers, constant refuelling to keep tanks topped ( notice no drop tanks for the F-35 ), an A400M for SAR. If they had enough fast patrol boats with enough range they would have been underneath all the way too.

It was a full on “Look we have F-35s to go with our carriers,let’s get them in the UK ASAP”-Fest.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby GertrudetheMerciless on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 1:44 pm

jules48 wrote:Its been reported they had 9 refuels in an 8 hour flight.Is that right.How can they be the new front line aircraft if they cannot fly more then a 1000 miles without refuelling and assume they were not even supersonic.


Trails are not just a case of draining the tanks and refilling them. There are lots of other considerations to ensure each jet has an appropriate fuel load at any particular point on the journey.
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Re: First F35s to Marham 5th June

Postby boff180 on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 2:42 pm

jules48 wrote:Its been reported they had 9 refuels in an 8 hour flight.Is that right.How can they be the new front line aircraft if they cannot fly more then a 1000 miles without refuelling and assume they were not even supersonic.


During a ferry they try to keep enough fuel on board to allow for an (in theory) divert to the nearest airfield at any point in the flight due to emergency or the tanker breaking.etc
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