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What other aircraft do you think the BBMF should be able to operate?

Discussion in 'Everything Else Heritage' started by martin1656, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. Copper-capped

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    They may have missed a trick there then - they were worth the wait. The RAAF used F-111s for over 40 years. Fantastic aircraft. Full vertical with afterburner at night was truely something to behold!

    I got to "cab" one when i was a youngster. There are quite a few on display around the country, but never to fly again. :(
     
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    Only RAAF one I saw was at the USAF 50th Anniversary event at Nellis, NV, back in 1997..........

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    Never saw (or heard) any of them when I was near Amberley in Queensland!

    For anyone who thinks a Lincoln should be added, the Argentinians still have a couple. This one is seen at the museum at Moron, outside Buenos Aires, 9 years ago......

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    martin1656 Part of the furniture Friend

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    Prehaps we can offer a deal to them, we have a few captured ground attack aircraft of theirs, in a few of our museums, exchange these for a Lincoln .
     
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    Of course, the main advantage of sticking with WW2 (or earlier) period warbirds, is that they have no official fatigue life - you can just keep on rebuilding them as long as you use like-for-like materials and methods. Unfortunately I believe the BBMF Chipmunks will eventually fall foul of this as they are late enough to have fatigue life limits.

    Perhaps what the BBMF needs is a two seater Spitfire (or Hurricane!) for tail dragger conversion once the Chipmunks are no more. (Yes, I know they could use a Harvard, but a two seater Spit is more in the spirit of the BBMF.)
     
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    I would defiantly say yes to a Harvard , I suppose the BBMF send pilots on one of the TR9's schools for conversion when a new pilot needs to progress from the chipmunk to either the Hurricane or Spitfire ?
     
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    My understanding was that they use the Chipmunk to train on tail draggers, then pilots go solo in the Spitfires or Hurricanes.
     
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    It was the Lincoln in the background of the Me163 photo (at Cosford) that I was referring to :)
     
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    Maybe not an impossibility to see one eventually - even if it isn't part of the BBMF: http://www.peoplesmosquito.org.uk/
     
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    I've just been reading through this thread. There have been some interesting remarks/suggestion. As ever the spectra of cost cutting was raised with regards to funding, at one point a number of years ago the funding for the Fleet Air Arm historic flight was to be cut. The Navy responded with the reply; "OK then cut the funding to the BBMF too....." Needless to say they kept their funding. I got to thinking, ok then combine all three services Historic flights, with hopefully being able to reduce the overall costs of the three flights. As has been stated/hinted at the armed forces aren't here to preserve the past, rather defend the country. Though they should to a minor degree preserve their history.
     
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    Nicely done single engine divert landing executed in the BBMF Dakota at Manchester Airport over the weekend.
     
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    The RNHF has now changed into a fully civilian manned/operated organisation, Navy Wings, which is operated as a charitable trust, with some support from the MoD.
    https://www.navywings.org.uk/about-us/
     

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