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P8 MMA/MPA thread.

Silksheen

Swinger
I was up at Lossie last weekend and the new facility newly resurfaced runway and dispersals are all complete and looking pretty good. They had three airframes out and apparently four and five are in the last stages of fitting out before delivery. Locals along the Moray coast are apparently quite amused that the large floodlights on the new pans can be seen at night from well past Buckie, twenty miles away.

The aircraft have apparently all been named but only four have been released .. City of Elgin, Pride of Moray, Fulmar (a nod to when the fisheads had Lossie and it was called HMS Fulmar) and Sqn Ldr Terrence Bulloch (120 Sqn's top U boat killer in World War 2)

Rumours that one jet really wants to be a Nimrod and is going to be called "Non Binary" are yet to be confirmed. Nimrod McNimrodface has been ruled out and a plan to paint dreadlocks and corn rows on a couple are totally unfounded. A former colleague now at Lossie tells me some of the jet names making the most popular list might raise eyebrows if they are approved.
 

Silksheen

Swinger
Fourth P8 ZP804 is inbound to Lossie just now on delivery. Be there this evening.

Any kipper fleet types know why this name was chosen ??

 

R0B

War Hero
From FaceAche:

The fourth Royal Air Force Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft, which will arrive at
RAF Lossiemouth
tomorrow, has been named Spirit of Reykjavik in honour of the role played by the Icelandic capital and people in enabling the Allied victory in the Battle of the Atlantic.
During World War II a lack of range prevented RAF Coastal Command aircraft and crews from covering the entire ocean from their stations in the UK. In the area they couldn’t patrol, wolf packs of German U-boat submarines wreaked havoc on the Allied ships bringing essential food and supplies to the UK, without which it could not have carried on the war effort. The introduction of the long range Liberator (B-24) bomber and a new airfield, seaplane base and refuelling port at Reykjavik which extended the range of RAF aircraft and
Royal Navy
escort vessels had near immediate effect as the German submariners lost their immunity from air attack in the North Atlantic air gap.
The first three Poseidon aircraft have been named Pride of Moray, City of Elgin and Terence Bulloch DSO DFC. The RAF Poseidon fleet, which will total nine aircraft, will provide cutting-edge maritime patrol capabilities working side-by-side with the Royal Navy to secure the seas around the UK and abroad.
Read more: https://bit.ly/386PfXk
 

Silksheen

Swinger
From FaceAche:

The fourth Royal Air Force Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft, which will arrive at
RAF Lossiemouth
tomorrow, has been named Spirit of Reykjavik in honour of the role played by the Icelandic capital and people in enabling the Allied victory in the Battle of the Atlantic.
During World War II a lack of range prevented RAF Coastal Command aircraft and crews from covering the entire ocean from their stations in the UK. In the area they couldn’t patrol, wolf packs of German U-boat submarines wreaked havoc on the Allied ships bringing essential food and supplies to the UK, without which it could not have carried on the war effort. The introduction of the long range Liberator (B-24) bomber and a new airfield, seaplane base and refuelling port at Reykjavik which extended the range of RAF aircraft and
Royal Navy
escort vessels had near immediate effect as the German submariners lost their immunity from air attack in the North Atlantic air gap.
The first three Poseidon aircraft have been named Pride of Moray, City of Elgin and Terence Bulloch DSO DFC. The RAF Poseidon fleet, which will total nine aircraft, will provide cutting-edge maritime patrol capabilities working side-by-side with the Royal Navy to secure the seas around the UK and abroad.
Read more: https://bit.ly/386PfXk

Makes sense that. Live and Learn.

A mate from basic went AEoP on Nimrod and just e-mailed to tell me he thought it was chosen in honour of the amount of whisky they regularly took with them to Iceland when they detached to Keflavik.
 

rampant

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
It’s another example of the french shooting them selves in the foot, anything but buy American.

Hence the lack of heavy lift helicopters,

Well we've just joined them, the Germans, and Italians in a new Medium Rotary Lift Program. Will dig out the details and start a new thread in it.
 

Himmler

War Hero
Well we've just joined them, the Germans, and Italians in a new Medium Rotary Lift Program. Will dig out the details and start a new thread in it.
That’s going to work well, what could possibly go wrong. Laughs in A400
 

rampant

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
That’s going to work well, what could possibly go wrong. Laughs in A400

£10 says it splits, us and the Italians do our own thing with Leonardo, Germans and French with Airbus
 

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