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Something Random
Gallente
The Barrow Boys
Posted - 2011.08.16 21:28:00 - [1]
 

I live beside an 'area of military interest' (i shall put it).

We get to see movements and experiments alike in UK and USAF tech, my question today...

Why would American USAF A-10 Thunderbolts (Warthogs if you like) be moving from southern UK bases to (most likely) RAF Valley in Anglesey ?

Myxx
Atropos Group
Posted - 2011.08.16 22:24:00 - [2]
 

As someone who lives in the states, my question to you is this:

Why does it matter?

Astenion
Gallente
Spiritus Draconis
Posted - 2011.08.16 22:34:00 - [3]
 

Edited by: Astenion on 16/08/2011 22:36:29
Originally by: Something Random
I live beside an 'area of military interest' (i shall put it).

We get to see movements and experiments alike in UK and USAF tech, my question today...

Why would American USAF A-10 Thunderbolts (Warthogs if you like) be moving from southern UK bases to (most likely) RAF Valley in Anglesey ?


Are you saying they're moving the entire squadron or you just noticed a few jets from the squadron deploying? If so, I'd say it's TDY (temporary duty). They may be restructuring as well, consolidating. I doubt it, though, unless it's AF wide and some new initiative, but Clinton already did that by going back to the expeditionary force.

I feel as a USAF veteran stationed overseas and who now resides overseas permanently that I should tell you to not jump to conclusions about anything, as it usually just makes you look ridiculous. Back in 2004, one of our AWACS came through Aviano to refuel on its way back and some of my local friends here asked me, "Is Bush going to bomb Iran?" I was stunned at how little the average civilian knew and understood military employment. AWACS passes through town and they thought we were going to nuke someone. This is the fuel that feeds the fire of tinfoil hat-wearing morons who post on the internet that they saw a few jets flying overhead so that must mean ze Germans are coming.

I'm sure you're just curious, but I'm sure it's probably just a TDY. It's normal. TDYs happen all the time and they used to be awesome before every TDY started sending us to the desert. I have very fond memories of working with RAF AWACS crews in Alaska on one of their TDYs. Some of the best ppl I've ever worked with, those guys.

Lithalnas
Amarr
Privateers
Privateer Alliance
Posted - 2011.08.16 22:34:00 - [4]
 

because living under a flight-path is noisy and even worse when they are military planes.

Astenion
Gallente
Spiritus Draconis
Posted - 2011.08.16 22:39:00 - [5]
 

Yep, nothing like living at the ass-end of the runway and having to hear a four ship of Eagles taking off at 6 am. You get used to it, though. After a while you just sleep right through it, but maybe that's just me. I slept through entire attacks in Iraq.

Something Random
Gallente
The Barrow Boys
Posted - 2011.08.19 10:34:00 - [6]
 

Sorry took a while to come back on this...

Nice words Astenion, seems you have a exciting ride in life. I was not jumping to conclusions on any actions - there is no reason to go North in the UK for that anyway. I was wondering though if there was some big airshow going on somewhere soon though.

I dont see any, but my google fu is weak right now for some reason.

I also dont live at the end of an airfield, although used to during the falklands war. HMS Heron.

Kaomond
Posted - 2011.08.19 10:58:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: Kaomond on 19/08/2011 11:00:48
Edited by: Kaomond on 19/08/2011 10:58:56
Originally by: Something Random
Sorry took a while to come back on this...

Nice words Astenion, seems you have a exciting ride in life. I was not jumping to conclusions on any actions - there is no reason to go North in the UK for that anyway. I was wondering though if there was some big airshow going on somewhere soon though.

I dont see any, but my google fu is weak right now for some reason.

I also dont live at the end of an airfield, although used to during the falklands war. HMS Heron.


Yes there was a huge airshow going on recently (first two weekends of august iirc) in Blackpool, they have an anual airshow with historical and modern aircraft from all over the world, there was a RIAT, B52 and a Vulcan bomber this year, and usualy they have a fly-bye from a lancaster and spitfires.

We also have the Duxford (cambridgshire) airshow coming up at the beginning of september.

Rodj Blake
Amarr
PIE Inc.
Posted - 2011.08.19 12:57:00 - [8]
 

Obviously they're moving aircraft to Wales to make it easier for them to bomb the pesky Welsh.

Amar Azaph
Posted - 2011.08.19 18:06:00 - [9]
 

Gunnery practice, there's ranges there and also at the isle of man.

Hestia Mar
Posted - 2011.08.19 19:00:00 - [10]
 

some A-10's are currently based at Mildenhall for exercises - the local BBC News (look East) made a big thing of it this week

Kurfin
Amarr
Posted - 2011.08.20 15:37:00 - [11]
 

Because Welsh girls have a 'reputation'Very Happy

Jago Kain
Amarr
Ramm's RDI
Tactical Narcotics Team
Posted - 2011.08.22 21:43:00 - [12]
 

Edited by: Jago Kain on 22/08/2011 21:44:37
I'm afraid to inform you that you are all in possession of information that could be of use to terrorists... apart from Kurfin that is as the odds of finding 72 virgins in Wales are minimal to say the least.

As for the rest of you, please wait quietly by your front door for the thought police to arrive and remember... resistance is futile.



Herzog Wolfhammer
Gallente
Sigma Special Tactics Group
Posted - 2011.08.23 00:43:00 - [13]
 

Edited by: Herzog Wolfhammer on 23/08/2011 00:44:13




I remember how those F-15s used to come back from IAI depot level (in Israel) with black boxes where there should have been ballast in Bay 5 but Astenion will call be a tin foil hatter if I bring that up.




Nariya Kentaya
Coalition Of Gentlemen.
Posted - 2011.08.24 19:11:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: Herzog Wolfhammer
Edited by: Herzog Wolfhammer on 23/08/2011 00:44:13




I remember how those F-15s used to come back from IAI depot level (in Israel) with black boxes where there should have been ballast in Bay 5 but Astenion will call be a tin foil hatter if I bring that up.






they may ahve been carrying important equipment, i remember my uncle told me a story of when he was in the air force, the radar station at his base was going on the fritz sicne a cmponent died, and apparently they cosidered the abse important enough to need an IMMEDIATE replacement, so they fitted some boxes with foam (or whatever the form styuff is you put delicate electronics in sdo they dont break) and strapped them to a jet so they could get the abse up and running again ASAP.

Myfanwy Heimdal
Caldari
Posted - 2011.08.28 20:18:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Rodj Blake
Obviously they're moving aircraft to Wales to make it easier for them to bomb the pesky Welsh.


That means more noise over my cottage in Snowdonia, then. And, undoubtably, more holes in the hillsides too. Sigh.

baltec1
Posted - 2011.08.28 20:55:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: Myfanwy Heimdal


That means more noise over my cottage in Snowdonia, then. And, undoubtably, more holes in the hillsides too. Sigh.


Could be worse. You could live at Bovington and have one of these in front of you.
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Or even worse, behind you at the lightsTwisted Evil

Astenion
Gallente
Spiritus Draconis
Posted - 2011.08.29 10:05:00 - [17]
 

Originally by: Herzog Wolfhammer
Edited by: Herzog Wolfhammer on 23/08/2011 00:44:13




I remember how those F-15s used to come back from IAI depot level (in Israel) with black boxes where there should have been ballast in Bay 5 but Astenion will call be a tin foil hatter if I bring that up.






Not necessarily, especially if they were Israeli F-15s. That's not the tinfoil I'm talking about; the ones I'm talking about are those that see an American jet anywhere in the world and assume the US is bombing someone, and if they're not bombing anyone then they're obviously gearing up to do so.



 

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