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by GertrudetheMerciless
Mon 18 Jan 2021, 12:38 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?
Replies: 92
Views: 16257

Re: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?

Not being funny, but if the Chinese are clever enough to buy two BBJs, equip them with super secret espionage devices, sell them back to Boeing on the off chance they’ll one day become converted into military aircraft, well, fair play to them. Then the article fails to go anywhere near the fact tha...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Sun 17 Jan 2021, 11:04 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?
Replies: 92
Views: 16257

Re: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?

Not being funny, but if the Chinese are clever enough to buy two BBJs, equip them with super secret espionage devices, sell them back to Boeing on the off chance they’ll one day become converted into military aircraft, well, fair play to them. Then the article fails to go anywhere near the fact that...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Sun 03 Jan 2021, 5:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?
Replies: 92
Views: 16257

Re: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?

The Baron wrote:
Sun 03 Jan 2021, 10:04 am
So they're not even going to be new builds? Brilliant.
Given the scale of the modification, and the limited numbers of hours military aircraft tend to fly over their lifetime compared to their civilian counterparts, genuinely, what is the issue?
by GertrudetheMerciless
Tue 29 Dec 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?
Replies: 92
Views: 16257

Re: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?

Sadly the current way, indeed of the last twenty years, has been a full life service agreement with a primary supplier. Contractor A is paid X gazillion over a period of twenty years to provide a specified number of flight hours. Half way through the deal MOD think about upgrades and talks to Contr...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Mon 28 Dec 2020, 9:26 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?
Replies: 92
Views: 16257

Re: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?

The MOD has a long history of purchasing a common aircraft type then changing or adding different UK specific equipment which does not allow for common upgrade at a later date. Again, not really a player here I think. It’s still upgradable. The difference is where the affordability of an entirely n...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Mon 28 Dec 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?
Replies: 92
Views: 16257

Re: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?

Lessee then, who else do we know who had Sentry? Oh yes, NATO, USAF, the Armee de l' Air and RSAF. I wonder if it might have been possible to combine with any of their upgrade programmes to get economies of scale.... Always assuming we had a government with some intelligence, of course. That’s a ve...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Mon 28 Dec 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?
Replies: 92
Views: 16257

Re: RAF E-7 Wedgetails?

Sentinal is only 12 years old, and our E-3 fleet was the newest of all the AWACS fleets, yet we're retiring it first as we've flogged them to death with no money spent to upgrade them to keep them in service. Sentinel is a bit older than that, not much but at least 14 or 15, if not slightly more. A...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Tue 08 Dec 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Chuck Yeager
Replies: 19
Views: 2317

Re: Chuck Yeager

And almost 80 years of disliking “Limeys” His Twitter feed was always a good read - stereotypical 'Grandpa on social media for the first time' reading. Many great achievements in this career but civility didn't seem to be a strong suit with him. Whether it was the pilots, the beer or the quality of...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Tue 08 Dec 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Chuck Yeager
Replies: 19
Views: 2317

Re: Chuck Yeager

Jakesplanes wrote:
Tue 08 Dec 2020, 11:09 am
12 kills in WW2, including 5 in a day
Escaped being shot down through Spain to fight again
127 active missions in Vietnam
Trained 26 space bound astronauts
Decades of test flight service
97 years lived to the full.
And almost 80 years of disliking “Limeys”.
by GertrudetheMerciless
Tue 17 Nov 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Hurricane Landing Incident @ Duxford ~ 01 June
Replies: 4
Views: 2088

Re: Hurricane Landing Incident @ Duxford ~ 01 June

cometguymk1 wrote:
Tue 17 Nov 2020, 1:36 pm
Agreed all start somewhere, I meant it also seemed a fairly low all over total compared to other pilots on high powered birds.
Yeah, very much indicative of a private owner as opposed to your “invited” warbird pilots. :slight_smile:
by GertrudetheMerciless
Tue 17 Nov 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Hurricane Landing Incident @ Duxford ~ 01 June
Replies: 4
Views: 2088

Re: Hurricane Landing Incident @ Duxford ~ 01 June

Seems a low houred pilot to be on a Hurri but then again used to ex Raf pilots totals. These things happen, both are ok and will fly again. At some point all Hurricane pilots have zero hours on type, but he would have had plenty of experience on feeder types (eg Chipmunk, Harvard etc) to be able (i...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Thu 12 Nov 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Bruntingthorpe Closure?
Replies: 248
Views: 47144

Re: Bruntingthorpe Closure?

For what exactly? For putting his hand deep in his pocket and securing a museum area so many of the airframes are safe?? Didnt he own that area, after the long term lease was sold to the car guys? The area is outside the peri-track and perimeter fence of the leased area. So yes, he did own it. Lots...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Sat 31 Oct 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: BA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet
Replies: 168
Views: 18264

Re: BA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet

Not to mention the fact that the museum's current policy is something called 'reducing the conservation footprint', in other words getting rid of more than they add. At least 20 IWM airframes have been disposed of in recent years. Yep. Physical exhibits are more expensive to maintain and acquire in...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Tue 27 Oct 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: BA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet
Replies: 168
Views: 18264

Re: BA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet

I think the bigger issue wouldn’t necessarily be runway length, but taxiway width and documented overall pavement strength. And the lack of anywhere to part it.
by GertrudetheMerciless
Thu 22 Oct 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: BA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet
Replies: 168
Views: 18264

Re: BA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet

If it’s going there to earn its keep as a movie/TV prop, then I wouldn’t read much into it having any effect on Dunsfold’s future.
by GertrudetheMerciless
Tue 20 Oct 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

Well said!
by GertrudetheMerciless
Tue 20 Oct 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

I'm fairly sure the external Fire Escape stairs from the tail boom area down to the ground at the back will never be noticeable! :wink: :see_no_evil: Then again, do we see complaints about the staircases at museums like Sinsheim/Speyer to allow access to the roof mounted aeroplanes there? Realistic...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Sat 17 Oct 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

Although I’m not sure any local authority will be in a position to reject anything promoting visitors to their province! :) Fair points regarding the RAFM and tin triangle. The former I suppose fits in with their policy and interest sphere (ie, consciously or not probably stil WW2 biased). That latt...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Fri 16 Oct 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

Whilst I don’t believe anyone would claim the Beverley ranks as an iconic or important aircraft type in the history of British aviation, this is still the last surviving example and it’s sad to see its impending demise. It’s sadder too that it’s happening with hardly a a whisper of opposition from ...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Thu 15 Oct 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

capercaillie wrote:
Thu 15 Oct 2020, 1:07 pm
Oh dear. Don't really need the wings either then, as nobody will be sleeping in those!
On the flip side, given it is no longer to be a “complete” exhibit, removing the (heavy) engines surely actually improves the long term structural prospects?
by GertrudetheMerciless
Sun 11 Oct 2020, 11:45 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

XB259 represents the breed, regardless of its personal history. What if the owner kept it at Elvington, which is just up the road, boosting that museums income, and he charges people a small sum to go on board. Then in the future he uses that money, along with some from the museum for its upkeep? J...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Sat 10 Oct 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

Wwhilst i appreciate all comments for and against, can i just point out that at the moment, it's a big lump of metal sitting on a third parties ground, that needs a large chunk of cash from the public to dismantle, ship, and reassemble. Indeed so. Personally unless someone with deep pockets comes i...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Sat 10 Oct 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

XB259 represents the breed, regardless of its personal history. What if the owner kept it at Elvington, which is just up the road, boosting that museums income, and he charges people a small sum to go on board. Then in the future he uses that money, along with some from the museum for its upkeep? J...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Wed 07 Oct 2020, 10:28 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

I’d be interested to see the make up of the CIC. Either way, what planet are they on? If the other bidder was reportedly a scrap merchant I think they’ve done very well getting it made into an AirBNB! It was hardly pulling visitors to Fort Paull and it’s rather telling that no museum seemed willing ...
by GertrudetheMerciless
Tue 06 Oct 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Blackburn Beverley anyone?
Replies: 87
Views: 10807

Re: Blackburn Beverley anyone?

So we pay via a crowdfunding excercise to move and re assemble the aircraft, so that someone can make money by renting it as an air BnB? Apart from 'saving' (and i use that word carefully) the aircraft on a field with presumably limited access, what do the crowdfunders get? It aint exactly Tom Moor...