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Tiffies scrambled
« on: January 24, 2011, 04:37:59 PM »
Just been on Sky News that 2 Tiffies were scrambled to escort a passenger  jet to Stansted, apparantly someone was threatening to blow it up! Where would the Tiffs have come from? I know Coningsby has some, but how long would they take to get to Stansted? Do we have Tiffies Down south?
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2011, 04:56:02 PM »
If they scrambled they probably used the qra at Coningsby as its not far as the tiffy flies from Stanstead.
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2011, 04:59:16 PM »
They were scrambled last week to a jet that lost radio comms on approach to Manchester.  They said it's quite routine.  On that occasion they came from Coningsby.  I would imagine Coningsby to Stanstead would be about 15 mins in a Typhoon.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-ma ... r-12209924
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 05:01:02 PM »
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2011, 05:12:20 PM »
Nice to know my second favourite aircraft are working hard albeit on 3 engines!  Although haven't seen one for a week or two. Sea King Search and Rescue, Wokkas. C17 low over school and a stealth dauphin I think in twilight so couldn't be sure but no VC10s............. have heard them though.
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2011, 05:39:04 PM »
Coningsby QRA covers the south of England, Leuchars QRA covers the North. Or it did, don't know if that is still the case.
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2011, 07:54:22 PM »
Stanstead in the south.  I thought they had polar bears up there. :?
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2011, 08:01:59 PM »
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Stanstead in the south.  I thought they had polar bears up there. :?
They only go as far south as Cambridge these days, what with global warming and all that.
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2011, 08:37:15 PM »
Just to stir things a bit, they didn't pick it up at Stansted, they escorted it there!
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2011, 08:45:13 PM »
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Just to stir things a bit, they didn't pick it up at Stansted, they escorted it there!
Thats right it was due to land at Heathrow, but was escorted to Stansted as that is a designated Airport to deal with this sort of security alert.
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2011, 09:52:28 PM »
Well, at leats if gave 2 of our boys something to do, to justify the existance of the Tiffie.............. :lol:
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2011, 10:22:38 PM »
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Just to stir things a bit, they didn't pick it up at Stansted, they escorted it there!
Thats right it was due to land at Heathrow, but was escorted to Stansted as that is a designated Airport to deal with this sort of security alert.

If you remember back in the days of straight forward sky jackings they did tend to land a lot of the hijacked flights at Stanstead. If I have remembered it right it was because they could re configure the airport with trucks and scenery to look like most european and emerging nations airports (well that is what some reporting genius claimed)
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Re: Tiffies scrambled
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2011, 09:31:55 PM »
More to the point it's got some very quiet, out of the way pans that can be approached easily and fairly closely by men with black suits and Heckler & Koch sub machine guns.
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