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Rant: D-Day

So, the RAF can only rustle-up one aircraft for the mass parachute drop over Normandy to celebrate D-Day + 29,220.

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Its embarrassing. No wonder the US and others no longer rate the UK military as elite they once did. Rolling Eyes
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I was rather hoping that a descendant of Jasper Maskelyne could rustle-up several dummy ones made out of wire and canvas to make it look less bad.
 
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The RAF has 8 C17 and 22 A400M. They used to have about 60 C130. Fewer aircraft means fewer that are not sitting around doing nothing.

The UK Armed Forces are also currently taking part in Steadfast Defender 24 with some 20,000 military personnel doing, amongst other things, real active parachute deployments. And then there is Exercise Astral Knight where other personnel are doing stuff in Poland. No doubt other stuff is also using up resources.

I guess the military are busy doing military stuff...
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^^^^
very true, can only play with what toys they have available


however, successive governments have depleted our armed forces to the point where we are no longer a viable option in anything more than an insurgency operation or a humanitarian operation. Short sighted self serving politicians and senior military personnel with no backbone protecting their pensions have made far too many poor decisions IMO
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A400M's aren't a whole world away from Airbus' other commercial offerings. When I worked for an airline thirty years ago, each airframe averaged 14.7 hours of flight per day, at 99% availability. If that dropped to 97 or less, I had my feet put to the fire.

Even if we had more aircraft, it is unlikely the RAF could recruit/train to operate them. What with 'diversity-gate' and flying training have to go to Texas (not the old DIY store) to balance the Hawk T2 engine problems, it wouldn't be achievable. The graduation ceremonies at Valley seem to be for a handful of pilots, not then tens I would have expected.

But then, the BBC today has an article "Top scientists urge action against faeces in rivers". It's 1858!

After a recent trip along the M4, which has potholes you could park a bus in, I remarked "This country is turning into a third world ****hole". My phone must have picked that up because my YouTube feed was full of videos with "third world ****hole" in the title - eye-opening. Not quite The Road to Wigan Pier but we do seem to be regressing!
 
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They used to have about 60 C130


C130.... impressive bit of kit. Cargo side seats and a Defender in the middle as a foot rest. Short taxi and then an hard right bank had me power breathing and hoping that I didn't yak ..... just never appreciated an aircraft of this size could do such things... Thumbs Up

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yeh i remember standing on the flight deck of a C130 when the pilot said he was bored and wanted to go cloud busting.
over we went on the wing tip and dropped almost vertically through the clouds to eventually level up about 500ft over the central African jungle.... absolutely awesome experience for me
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Dad was on Hercs at the end of his RAF career. I did enjoy a flight in one on a Families Day. Got to sit on the flight deck for take off and stood behind the pilot for a tactical landing. That was "interesting" - the ground really shouldn't fill the view out of the windscreen like that!
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RogB wrote:
...to eventually level up about 500ft over the central African jungle.... absolutely awesome experience for me


Especially as you'd taken off from RAF Lyneham! Rolling with laughter
 
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HWN wrote:

But then, the BBC today has an article "Top scientists urge action against faeces in rivers". It's 1858!


It's almost as if the amazing successes of privatisation haven't actually happened, eh? Where's the money gone? Oh, over there somewhere rather than on infrastructure.

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It's what happens when Government decides to rip the Censored out of funding for public services. And/or makes the public sector use stupid systems that cost a fortune and leave them screwed when they don't work properly.
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Moo wrote:
Its embarrassing. No wonder the US and others no longer rate the UK military as elite they once did. Rolling Eyes


Our Military is still elite, just unfortunately less of them thesedays.
  
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HWN wrote:
RogB wrote:
...to eventually level up about 500ft over the central African jungle.... absolutely awesome experience for me


Especially as you'd taken off from RAF Lyneham! Rolling with laughter



Rolling with laughter Rolling with laughter

we actually started the journey 4 months earlier (was only meant to be a 2 week deployment) leaving Brize in a USAF C5 Galaxy to Brazzaville in Congo, then on the way out it was C130 to Libreville on the Atlantic coast which is when the cloud busting took place and I got to stand on the flightdeck for a normal landing, and the final leg was back onto a C5, via Rota, and back to Brize.

Almost got to fly back direct from Congo in an AN24 beast but UK MOD wouldnt cover us on the insurance as they were such unreliable planes Laughing

Also got to be the sole passenger getting off a C130 into Hannover Airport, standing on the lowered tailgate as it taxied and all the civilians looking on in bemusement as I walked through customs with all my gear.
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They've managed to rustle-up another A400M.
 
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