Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby LeeHathaway on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 11:49 am

Afternoon all, I caught these two chaps this morning:

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RAF Fairford 2010 by Lee Hathaway, on Flickr

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RAF Fairford 2010 by Lee Hathaway, on Flickr

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Lee
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby Russ on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 11:52 am

Nice Lee. Fantastic conditions too by the looks of it. :clap: :cool:
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 11:52 am

Super shots Lee, what a great aircraft. Shame Fairford is so far away - never seen one of these.

Second looks great with the tailcodes left on.
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby DamienB on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 11:55 am

What's chalked on the nose in front of the intakes?
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby TonyO on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 12:09 pm

Cracking conditions and nice to see another Vietnam veteran arriving.

Damien, the chalk markings are usually warnings about the hatch weight of the Q-bay behind the cockpit.
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby bigcrow on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 2:19 pm

Nice ones Lee.. Quality light... :smile:
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby chrisward123 on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 3:03 pm

Great Capture

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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby Stu on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 5:18 pm

Very nice catch :clap:
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby LeeHathaway on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 6:16 pm

Thanks for the comments chaps! :cool:
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby F-86 on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 6:21 pm

Lovely shots. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby Maisie on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 9:41 pm

Check out the ice patches under the wings, obviously been doing some serious altitude!

Such a cool plane, I remember being at RAF Akrotiri and seeing one of these take off. Just went up like a rocket!
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby Sam Dodd on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 9:48 pm

Stunning captures Lee, what perfect conditions! I wish I wasn't at School today, I need to start getting some shots of them!
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby LeeHathaway on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 2:57 pm

Cheers lads - certainly is a wonderful aircraft!
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby JJC on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 3:15 pm

Would absolutely love to see one!

How often do they come in? How long do they stay?

Maybe RIAT 2011? :heyhey:
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby canberra on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 3:32 pm

JJC wrote:!

How often do they come in? How long do they stay?

Maybe RIAT 2011? :heyhey:


The U-2s transit to through Fairford roughly every 90 days. You usually get one or two travelling east or west to or from their detachment to sunnier climes. Each aircraft will usually stay 1-2 days to allow the pilot a rest break.

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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby pb643 on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 3:48 pm

canberra wrote:
JJC wrote:!

How often do they come in? How long do they stay?

Maybe RIAT 2011? :heyhey:


The U-2s transit to through Fairford roughly every 90 days. You usually get one or two travelling east or west to or from their detachment to sunnier climes. Each aircraft will usually stay 1-2 days to allow the pilot a rest break.

Regards

Mark


Does anybody know why the USAF go to the trouble of opening up Fairford for these aircraft, rather than have them transit through Mildenhall ?
(assuming Lakenheath is too busy)

Phil
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby canberra on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 4:56 pm

pb643 wrote:
canberra wrote:
JJC wrote:!

How often do they come in? How long do they stay?

Phil

I believe Fairford is the preferred option because of all the USAF bases in the UK, it offers the best facilities for hangaring the aircraft. I suppose there is also the added advantage that if the aircraft has a 'difficult' landing or blocks the runway it wont affect other traffic in the same way that Mildenhall or Lakenheath would suffer. I believe that if Fairford were unable to take the aircraft their back up option is Sigonella.

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The U-2s transit to through Fairford roughly every 90 days. You usually get one or two travelling east or west to or from their detachment to sunnier climes. Each aircraft will usually stay 1-2 days to allow the pilot a rest break.

Regards

Mark


Does anybody know why the USAF go to the trouble of opening up Fairford for these aircraft, rather than have them transit through Mildenhall ?
(assuming Lakenheath is too busy)

Phil
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Re: Dragons Den - Fairford 19/10/10

Postby pb643 on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 5:55 pm

Thanks Mark
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