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by Martin the Martian
Fri 14 Jun 2013, 10:24 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Airbus A350 news.
Replies: 14
Views: 1823

Re: Airbus A350 news.

A350 got air under its tyres this morning. And very nice it looked too.
by Martin the Martian
Mon 03 Jun 2013, 7:14 pm
Forum: RNAS Yeovilton & Culdrose Air Days
Topic: Culdrose 2013
Replies: 72
Views: 26039

Re: Culdrose 2013

The schools in Cornwall have always been out of synch with the rest of the country.

I never did see the last episode of 'Robinson Crusoe' because of that. Tell me, did he get off the island? Anyone? :dunno:
by Martin the Martian
Mon 03 Jun 2013, 10:37 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Stupid names for aircraft...
Replies: 95
Views: 7746

Re: Stupid names for aircraft...

Always wondered why the Vulcan was named after Spock's home planet from Star Trek ? Is it because the shape of it is similar to the Live Long and Prosper hand sign ? That would be logical. I'm assuming a fair bit of irony in your question, which is appropriate as the Vulcan is shaped like an iron, ...
by Martin the Martian
Sun 02 Jun 2013, 10:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Stupid names for aircraft...
Replies: 95
Views: 7746

Re: Stupid names for aircraft...

It's worth remembering that the Air Ministry decided what the names of RAF aircraft would be, even changing them from the maker's name (the Hawker Fury had been named Hornet by Hawker Aviation, to fall in with their alliterative policy, but the Air Ministry decided otherwise). According to Names Wit...
by Martin the Martian
Sun 02 Jun 2013, 10:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Stupid names for aircraft...
Replies: 95
Views: 7746

Re: Stupid names for aircraft...

I've never been a fan of the name Martlet. I much prefer the manufacturers name, Wildcat. The Royal Navy seems to have agreed with you, as the name was changed to Wildcat in RN service in January 1944. A Martlet is a heraldic charge, a bird without legs. I never new they did that. I'd heard the one...
by Martin the Martian
Fri 31 May 2013, 11:39 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Stupid names for aircraft...
Replies: 95
Views: 7746

Re: Stupid names for aircraft...

Good point. The one that always gets me is 'Brick' for the Buccaneer. A term intensely disliked by its crews, seemingly, who preferred the name Banana Bomber. And as for 'Stang when referring to the P-51... Don't get me started, or shall we also use the abbreviations 'Fire, 'Cane, 'Caster, 'Fish, 'Q...
by Martin the Martian
Thu 30 May 2013, 8:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Gee Bee Z, ready to fly?
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: Gee Bee Z, ready to fly?

I have to admit that I think that the last thing anyone should do with a Gee Bee is fly it. Although, apparently, they have managed to correct the issues that made it so dangerous (and I don't mean grounding it).
by Martin the Martian
Thu 30 May 2013, 8:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Heating up with SA10's - Mustn't Grumble
Replies: 7
Views: 1039

Re: Heating up with SA10's - Mustn't Grumble

Israel are particularly unhappy that the SA-10/S-300's range means that it can take out airliners flying over Tel Aviv, while aircraft in Turkish airspace are also at risk.

If given the opportunity, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Israeli Air Force attempts to hit the launchers.
by Martin the Martian
Thu 30 May 2013, 8:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Stupid names for aircraft...
Replies: 95
Views: 7746

Re: Stupid names for aircraft...

Back with NATO names the Mig 15 'Fagot' isn't a great designation name. The original NATO reporting name for the MiG-15 was 'Falcon', but it was soon decided that this name was too laudatory (ie flashy) hence the change to 'Fagot'. I can also recommend 'Names with Wings', which goes into Air Minist...
by Martin the Martian
Wed 29 May 2013, 8:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Stupid names for aircraft...
Replies: 95
Views: 7746

Re: Stupid names for aircraft...

Don't forget the Blackburn Blackburn.

Atlas fits in nicely with Hercules and Globemaster; I'm not so sure about Voyager.

And as for Airseeker... :sick:
by Martin the Martian
Wed 29 May 2013, 8:39 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Airport Live BBC Two - coming soon
Replies: 13
Views: 2336

Re: Airport Live BBC Two - coming soon

Yes, but after Matt Lucas' and David Walliams' airport series, who will take this one seriously?
by Martin the Martian
Tue 28 May 2013, 12:09 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2013 (post your feedback in this thread)
Replies: 6031
Views: 775021

Re: RIAT 2013

No aircraft are stationed at Fairford on a permanent basis. It sees regular visits by U-2s transiting to/from the Middle East and occasional detachments by bomber aircraft. It is also a designated forward base for the B-2 and was an emergency landing runway for the space shuttle. Otherwise it is car...
by Martin the Martian
Fri 24 May 2013, 2:45 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Bréguet Alizé restored to flight
Replies: 17
Views: 1817

Re: Bréguet Alizé restored to flight

MikeyB wrote:Can't believe how 'Gannet-like' it is as well! Practically the same thing apart from the propellers. :smile:


Nah, not ugly enough. :tongue2:

Great news, and it would be superb to see it over here.
by Martin the Martian
Mon 20 May 2013, 1:25 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2013 (post your feedback in this thread)
Replies: 6031
Views: 775021

Re: RIAT 2013

Perhaps DBH could accept that every other year they are going to struggle due to other European events and, rather than not having RIAT on those years, they purposely aim for a smaller event while making the even year event a 'proper' air tattoo as we know it. I do have to agree with Kieran that the...
by Martin the Martian
Sun 19 May 2013, 7:05 pm
Forum: RNAS Yeovilton & Culdrose Air Days
Topic: Culdrose 2013
Replies: 72
Views: 26039

Re: Culdrose 2013

trebleone wrote:Is 24th July not in school summer holiday period?

I believe the reason it's mid-week is to attract the tourists - Saturday is change-over day for holiday-makers; so attendance would be poor.


24 July is the first day of the school summer hols.
by Martin the Martian
Sat 11 May 2013, 8:41 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2013 (post your feedback in this thread)
Replies: 6031
Views: 775021

Re: RIAT 2013

Yes - I quite agree the addition of the Czech Hind would be the most welcome of participants. Indeed, the Czech AF could also be persuaded to send their Gripen for the flying display. However - and quite sadly - I wouldn't be surprised to hear of an exclusive deal, which would see those two wonderf...
by Martin the Martian
Wed 08 May 2013, 10:24 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Iran flexes Air Force muscle on National Army Day
Replies: 38
Views: 4162

Re: Iran flexes Air Force muscle on National Army Day

I do find it odd that there were no formation flypasts or breaks into the circuit. And no sign of the new all-conquering stealth fighter. Funny, that.
by Martin the Martian
Sun 28 Apr 2013, 9:54 pm
Forum: Themed Photo Threads
Topic: Planes on sticks
Replies: 66
Views: 36129

Planes on sticks

Following on from tankbuster's Jordanian TF-104, I think we ought to take a look at a few more mounted aircraft. So let's take a look at 'em, chaps, from gate guards to garage decorations to garden attractions, so long as the wheels aren't on the ground. Maximum of three per post. To set the ball ro...
by Martin the Martian
Tue 23 Apr 2013, 8:58 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2013 (post your feedback in this thread)
Replies: 6031
Views: 775021

Re: RIAT 2013

So, this week's update:

France

Rafale (f)
Patrouille de France 8x Alpha Jets (f) Sunday only
Transall (s)
by Martin the Martian
Tue 23 Apr 2013, 8:52 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Radio 2 Dambusters day
Replies: 37
Views: 4129

Re: Radio 2 Dambusters day

Yes, and then during the flight they can drop him from it.
by Martin the Martian
Thu 18 Apr 2013, 7:35 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2013 (post your feedback in this thread)
Replies: 6031
Views: 775021

Re: RIAT 2013

It is still too early for the Australians to be able to confirm an aircraft type but we have our fingers crossed for something new and exciting. Sound like Australia have confirmed attendance, just need to sort out whats coming. The 'new' woudl seem to hint at an A330 Tanker, and with Brize being j...
by Martin the Martian
Thu 18 Apr 2013, 9:56 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: 492nd & 494th FS stood down as of 9th April + 15 other sqn
Replies: 44
Views: 7180

Re: 492nd & 494th FS stood down as of 9th April + 15 other s

You're quite right John. With no obvious end to this in sight yet I should imagine that the USAF could well lose a number of aircrew in coming months, particularly if there are alternatives outside of the military. This will of course make the efforts to regain operational status even more difficult...
by Martin the Martian
Wed 17 Apr 2013, 12:21 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2013 (post your feedback in this thread)
Replies: 6031
Views: 775021

Re: RIAT 2013

DanO1978 wrote:
Brevet Cable wrote:Stuff the RAF Hawks , I'd rather have the Saudi "Green Hawks" display team back there !!



You won't be seeing them at a British airshow for a long, long, long time. :hide:


Who did they upset?
by Martin the Martian
Wed 17 Apr 2013, 12:17 pm
Forum: Modern Military Photos
Topic: Bangladesh
Replies: 16
Views: 5013

Re: Bangladesh

:up: Wow! I'm dead jealous, me.

A wonderful selection, and I also agree that the nighttime FT-6/JJ-6 is a POTW candidate.
by Martin the Martian
Wed 17 Apr 2013, 9:16 am
Forum: Modern Military Photos
Topic: British F35B
Replies: 27
Views: 12230

Re: British F35B

Nice pictures, and I'll go along with the ugly comments.

Russ, all it is capable of at the moment is whizzing about at fast speeds and being noisy. Until it has clearance to drop bombs/fire missiles etc it has as much military capability as a Piper Cherokee.