saintsman
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RAF Lyneham To Close

Fri Jul 04, 2003 6:21 pm

I just saw a snippet on the news this morning that RAF Lyneham is going to close. I assume everything will transfer to Brize Norton. Anyone got more info?
 
jwenting
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RE: RAF Lyneham To Close

Fri Jul 04, 2003 6:41 pm

If they do it like the planned closure of Twente AB of the Dutch AF the equipment will be sold and employees fired.
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RE: RAF Lyneham To Close

Sat Jul 05, 2003 1:03 am

Not when they are still involved in a War.
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saintsman
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RE: RAF Lyneham To Close

Sat Jul 05, 2003 3:53 am

 
GDB
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RE: RAF Lyneham To Close

Sat Jul 05, 2003 4:01 am

Sad if true, but mooted for many years.

Anyone seen the TV programme on ITV1 for the past few weeks about the base and the C-130 ops during the recent Iraq war?
Interesting to see the C-130J on operations.
 
bobrayner
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RE: RAF Lyneham To Close

Sat Jul 05, 2003 4:35 am

Personally, I think it makes sense.

Why keep the herks at their own separate little base 30km (?) from the rest of the RAF's strategic transport?
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L-188
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RE: RAF Lyneham To Close

Sat Jul 05, 2003 1:32 pm

Yep, makes life easier to put all your aircraft on one airfield where they can be bombed all at once.

Reminds you of Pearl Harbor doesn't it.

Frankly smaller but more numerous bases are the way to go.
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bobrayner
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RE: RAF Lyneham To Close

Sat Jul 05, 2003 3:11 pm

Frankly smaller but more numerous bases are the way to go.

With all the extra logistics hassle?

Even if the RAF decided that it was appropriate to split their transport assets between 2 bases, surely they wouldn't choose 2 very close to each other?

The current situation has most of the hassle of separate bases, but few of the benefits.
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RE: RAF Lyneham To Close

Sat Jul 05, 2003 3:22 pm

I dunno.

I spent my whole time in Germany on smaller posts that held either a battalion or a Brigade sized unit.

Smaller target, more surviable, and I think you end up developing a closer relationship with the towns you are around.

The military stops being this big unknown giant entity.
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