RAF Hercules fleet moves to Brize Norton

#1
Ministry of Defence said:
On Friday, 1 July 2011, the last of RAF Lyneham's Hercules fleet said a final farewell to the base as they flew in a low-level formation across the skies to their new home at RAF Brize Norton.

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Wordsmith

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#2
On Friday, 1 July 2011, the last of the RAF Hercules's said a final farewell to the base as it flew in a one aircraft formation across the skies to its new home at RAF Brize Norton.
Fixed the MOD's typo...
 

napier

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#3
How is sticking all AT in one airfield, with a single runway (that can't even be kept open when it snows) a good plan? Wouldn't it make more sense to keep an alternate tpt hub? What happens when Mohammed (or Paddy) decides to drop a mortar/dirty bomb at BZN? Oops, airbridge stops.
 
#4
How is sticking all AT in one airfield, with a single runway (that can't even be kept open when it snows) a good plan? Wouldn't it make more sense to keep an alternate tpt hub? What happens when Mohammed (or Paddy) decides to drop a mortar/dirty bomb at BZN? Oops, airbridge stops.
Don't be silly, they didn't plan for it, so it won't happen.
 
#5
How is sticking all AT in one airfield, with a single runway (that can't even be kept open when it snows) a good plan? Wouldn't it make more sense to keep an alternate tpt hub? What happens when Mohammed (or Paddy) decides to drop a mortar/dirty bomb at BZN? Oops, airbridge stops.
It's not Mo and Paddy I'm worried about closing the field, but one of the post geriatric Tristars cracking up on landing or take off.
 
#6
Money must be saved at all costs.
What really interests me is what happens when it comes to a bolt hole? When the main runway needs repairing, then the airfield is closed for the duration of the repairs (a month or 4) and the aircraft deploy elsewhere, but where does the Brize fleet go for a bolt hole?
 

Grumblegrunt

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#7
riisington is a relief runway isnt it? and lynham will be
 
#8
There is a perfectly good airstrip at Blackbushe, Hants, which could have been pressed into service for the two remaining Hercules and at far less cost.Home
 
#12
Theres more then enough reserve runways in Oxfordshire, or the London area for passenger jets to land. Herc's dont need much space anyway.

The Raf's making these super camps that serve one purpose (Odiham/benson = Helicopters, Brize = Transport) as location for that requirement is not an issue inside this country. Only fast jets need to be dotted all over the place.
 
#13
Long runways for a Bolt Hole is one thing, load bearing is something else. If Grumblegrunt is referring to Little Rissington then that was used for Gnats, which require a much lower LCN. A bit embarrasing when your Tristar or whatever leaves a big dent or hole in the tarmac.
 
#14
I'd forget worrying about LCN ... it's the runway lengths that might cause a bit of a problem for the big stuff at Rissington.

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Although it was cleared for use by USAF C-130 and C-5, in connection with the Contingency Hospital, there's a lot of difference between landing full of pax and trying to take off full of freight/fuel.
 
#17
What's going to happen to RAF Lyneham? What, if anything, remains there?
MOD flog it off to men dressed as Capt. Jack Sparrow who claim to be property developers. We in turn have a public enquiry in a few years time as to why it was sold so cheaply. Fox and other ministers look gleefully on from their tax haven in the West Indies having already 'adjusted' the law so they can't be returned to UK for said enquiry.
 

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