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Royal Air Force [RAF] discussions and updates

Discussion in 'Air Force & Aviation' started by neil, Oct 14, 2007.

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  1. ngatimozart

    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    Yep, you need to be able to eat your crayons in a hurry, at least two at a time and not rely on room service. C.f., my post above.
     
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    I'm guessing so - the way the presenter collapses into helpless giggles towards the end should be a bit of a clue.
     
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    You're a better man than I, Stobiewan. My eyes glazed over a short way into the video, I couldn't watch it all. Nice piece of humour by the video creator and good humour by ngatimozart laying out the bait for the unwary :)
     
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    I did bail at the point he collapsed into laughter but if I'd been busier rather than it just being on when I was doing something else, I'd have hit the eject button. Matsimus is ex-REME I think so he's a good torch bearer for the UK armed forces as he reports his experiences as being very positive, but like most forces people I've met or who youtube, he's got a sense of humour in spades.
     
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    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    It was the RAF centennial year last year and recently in NZ a unique tribute was made with what is thought the largest formation of WW1 aircraft flying in the world today. Most are reproduction aircraft but all are reproduced to the same standards of the time and that includes the engines.

    The Largest Formation Of WW1 Aircraft Since The 1920s

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    I thought that they may have had a Sopwith Camel flying in the formation, but they didn't. I know that there was one in flying in the country.
     
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    They are mostly owned by Sir Peter Jackson aren't they? It would be great for him to do a WW1 air war movie.
     
  8. ngatimozart

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    I am not sure. He has quite an interest in Omaka at Blenheim with quite a bit of his stuff on display there. Don't know if he has an interest in TVAL though. Kermit Weeks comes down now and again and flies at Hood (Masterton) with Gene De Marco. Kermit's bought one of their Albatross's, which he flies at Fantasy Of Flight in Florida. TVAL do export aircraft to the UK & US and they had about seven Fokker triplanes flying around NZ at one part. Richthofen's Kiwi flying circus.
     
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    Jackson owns about 40 aircraft according to wikipedia, he also owns a company that restores aircraft and builds replicas The Vintage Aviator |
     
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    It's even sweeter - all of the ones in the formation all have original WW1 engines - not reproductions. Plenty of aircraft in the collection do have reproduction engines of course - including some reproduced German Mercedes engines produced for the Albatros's DVas they have built.
     
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    Thanks. The Vintage Aviator is the TVAL that I was alluding too.
     
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    Off topic but related. Video of TVAL Fokker triplanes. - The Fokker scourge, in this case five Fokkers, taken about 10 years ago.

     
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    Not bad to look at at a distance but the sound and sight of the bogus engines rather ruins the effect.

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    I believe that those aren't bogus engines. TVAL either use original engines or build reproductions.
     
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    Nope. The engines are radials; the real aircraft used Oberursel rotaries - licence built le Rhones - or captured French or British rotaries. You can clearly see the exhaust pipe below the firewall and three stationary cylinders at the lower quadrant of the cowling. If the prop is turning and the cylinders aren't, you are usually looking at a Warner Scarab engine. If there's any sign whatsoever of an exhaust pipe, it's not a rotary.

    And...they sound utterly different.

    TVAL's Triplanes are mostly imported incomplete US projects completed by TVAL, rather than an internal project.

    (Edit: I know that TVAL have built a couple of Oberursel UR.2 replicas which may have been fitted in Triplane replicas by now - but not evident in that clip)


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    2 of the 5 RAF E-7 Wedgetails are to be from second-hand airframes - probably to save money but conceivably there may not be too many slots available for 737NG airframes between 2021 and 2026

    RAF to get second-hand jets as part of Wedgetail buy

     
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    Maybe Boeing should develop a P-8 737 MAX for financially strapped countries like Canada. Might be quite a few available conversion aircraft on the cheap.
     
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    737 MAX.....the currently grounded aircraft? Will these have ejection seats? ;)
     
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    I guess ejection seats might be possible in a military version like the P-8. I read recently that over 50% of passengers would not likely fly in a 737 MAX for 6-12 months after reintroduction. Boeing is taking a real hit because of the MAX fiasco. There better not be any 777x fluster cucks or shareholders will be running for the hills.