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Last RAF Harrier Flights
« on: November 08, 2010, 07:55:06 AM »
A friend of mine who works on the Harrier Sim at RAF Wittering is saying the Last Flight by the RAF Harrier will be Thursday 16th December ! (not hanging about then ?) :(

The word on the street is RAF Cottesmore is trying to organise a 9 ship fly past   . Does anyone else have any more information the photo oppotunities are really good at Cottesmore with a Public Footpath crossing the Runway light's
It was fun at RIAT 2001 when a load of nutters set up their camp chairs 100 yards behind the threshold and when the Rockwell B1B spooled up for take off they all took off  :lol:

Seriously if this is correct, this will be your last chance to see a Harrier

I will try and find out more
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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 11:30:06 AM »
This is getting ridiculous! There will be nothing left :x  :(  :o  :roll:
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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 12:02:07 PM »
That's the Tory's for you , you can always be sure they will always cut throat when you are not looking... :evil:
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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 09:10:36 AM »
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This is getting ridiculous! There will be nothing left :x  :(  :o  :roll:


Why not just scrap the purchase of the JSF, and use that money to keep the Harrier force going................. :x  :x
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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 02:24:37 AM »
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That's the Tory's for you , you can always be sure they will always cut throat when you are not looking... :evil:

They are all the same whoever were in power Mike, Labour were just as bad for doing things under the counter, without starting to talk politics in the ships bar LOL :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Does seem quick though :(  :(  Or was it on the cards before the election, the defence review was started last year was'nt it?

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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 05:21:19 AM »
The following was just posted on the Touchdown News website :

The U.K. Defense Ministry has revealed its first detailed road map
of how to implement many of the changes spelled out in the Strategic Defense
and Security Review (SDSR).
The document is part of the coalition government’s “Transparency Framework”
that requires each department to state its priorities and the pace of some
of the structural changes to be made as a result of the SDSR.
One key change involves combat aircraft. Starting next April through March
2015, the Tornado fleet is to be reduced to 18 force elements from 40, with
the Joint Force Harrier to be fully retired by April.
A planned acceleration of upgrades to the Eurofighter Typhoon is to be in
place by March 2018, although the full scope of this effort has not been
spelled out. It is likely to include the active, electronically scanned
array radar and Meteor air-to-air missile integration, as well as the Storm
Shadow cruise missile.
The switch to the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter is to be
completed by April 2023.
The government wants a reduction in frigate numbers and decommissioning of
the HMS Ark Royal to be completed by April 2011. The decommissioning of a
Bay-class amphibious support ship and placement into extended readiness of a
landing and command ship are to be achieved by March 2012.
Furthermore, the government vows to provide regular updates on problems with
its major equipment programs. The first report in the series is due next
April, with quarterly updates envisioned.
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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2010, 09:48:37 AM »
Just got a update from my mate at RAF Wittering they will be gounding the Harriers DECEMBER 15th, 16th or 17th
the training sqn 20 Ex no4 sqn (RAF Wittering) and No1 Sqn (RAF Cottesmore) are planning a tour of the UK and they will all land at RAF Cottesmore. That will be it for RAF Harriers they are still in service with the US Marines, Indian Navy and Thailand so I suspect they will be sold for spares reclaim.
I am trying to get my mate to give me a firm date and I will try and arrange a meet
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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 10:02:08 AM »
I for one should be there to pay my respects Mike
Just keep us posted....

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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 10:28:51 AM »
Like wise - as with Matt - and if work commitments allow, I'd like to be there as well to show my thanks and appreciation of the Harrier force.  Thanks for the continued updates Mike.

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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2010, 12:07:09 PM »
Something on Sky News this morning about Former Royal Navy chiefs asking the Government to reconsider Ark Royal and the Harriers. Lets hope they listen!!!
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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2010, 08:05:37 PM »
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They are all the same whoever were in power Mike, Labour were just as bad for doing things under the counter, without starting to talk politics in the ships bar LOL :lol:  :lol:  :lol: P.S.
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I agree Smudger they are all the bloody same.. but these actions have the smell of acountants not logical thinking ..and that worry's me......Mike
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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2010, 10:04:36 PM »
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They are all the same whoever were in power Mike, Labour were just as bad for doing things under the counter, without starting to talk politics in the ships bar LOL :lol:  :lol:  :lol: P.S.
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I agree Smudger they are all the bloody same.. but these actions have the smell of acountants not logical thinking ..and that worry's me......Mike

I agree there Mike it is all the "Bean Counters" in the MOD who make the decisions and our poor lads have to pick up their mess or are in a mess due to lack of good equipment. :evil:  

Really though waiting another maybe 10 years for a aircraft which is not proven is madness

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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2010, 01:44:52 PM »
Nice to see BBC News24 showing the Harriers departing HMS Ark Royal for the last time.
Especially nice to see several ABs & LRs who have probably just dumped on their careers by telling the reporter exactly what they think of binning the Harrier !
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Re: Last RAF Harrier Flights
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2010, 06:39:12 PM »
This goverment should be put away for the criminal insane....taking away that stratigic punch...it is just insane insane insane......they are playing so fast and loose with the defence of this country......i really cannot belive it   is incomprehensible..............
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