The JStars also got a New callsign - Donny 22. So no redeye 6 amymore.
Germany recently retired the A310 Medevac - today I saw an A400m with the GAFMED callsign instead.
I think that's an undercount since over 900 M109A6 Paladins were built for the US Army. The Army and Marines appear to have around 1000 M777s between them. I'm sure some are in storage or prepositioned stocks, but that's a lot of BOOM! http://military-today.com/artillery/m109a6_paladin.htm https://...Jump to post
It is a political escalation to send fighter planes and tankers. So while possible, this would usually escalate.
Look at the Rivet Joints and E8 Joint Stars flights over the black sea. It would be easy to shoot them down, but what would happen then is clear.
If you renamed SAA into SAL, that would certainly be a scandal .Jump to post
I still don't get why the NH90 has so many issues. Airbus has shown that they can build helicopters, just look at the H145 series. But Tiger and NH90 are a real disaster. The A400M is improving, at least.
So, what is wrong with the NH90? Too much design by committee?
https://augengeradeaus.net/2022/06/entscheidung-ueber-kuenftigen-schweren-transporthubschrauber-der-bundeswehr-lambrecht-kuendigt-ch-47-von-boeing-an/ Today, after the 100 billion EUR package for military was approved, Mrs. Lambrecht, MOD announced that the C47 will officially be selected: Am 1. Jun...Jump to post
Currently, a german military fighter plane (likely EF) is visible at ADSB Global over Poland, with Callsign Baron 11.
This is rather unusual, fighters over Poland are rarely visible.
https://www.airliners.net/photo/Russia- ... VP/6866657
Just one example, Photographers Choice. Yeah, cool, russian war machine live on A.NET title page. I am against that.
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It is totally unacceptable that it will take 8 years for phase-out of aviation fuel.
I wonder when we will see a new production line for TF-33 engines .Jump to post
Extensive low Level flying of German a400M took place today. Saw it on adsb.Jump to post
The biggest scandal is that brand new planes like the Cirrus SR22 only allow Avgas 100LL. The problem are turbocharged high performance piston engines. Most other designs already allow for unleded Avgas (not to be confused with Car Gasoline, which has some issues with ethanol and can boil at higher ...Jump to post
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg/2022/586/oj The text is rather bureaucratic but TEL import is banned from 2025 unless excemptions are allowed. This will very likely make Avgas 100LL expensive or unavailable from 2025 onwards. TEL itself is produced only in UK but then imported to Europe for exampl...Jump to post
The Leopard 2A4 from Turkey didn't last long against ISIS, either, although this was a different theater with unsuited tactics.Jump to post
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/which-n ... rn-europe/
Pretty interesting NATO graphics showing where the fighters are deployed.
The only advantage the AH-1Z has is availability. Qatar is currently receiving 24 AH-64E The UK is then getting 50 AH-64E Australia is then getting 29 AH-64E Morroco is negotiating for 24 AH-64E with an option for another 12. Apache production is filled until 2035. Bahrain, Nigeria and Czech Republ...Jump to post
When I look at the Mach Loop videos, we regularly see UK and US planes flying through the Loop, including F-15, A400M, C130, Hawk, Typhoon, and F35. Is the Mach Loop also used by other Nato partners during exercises? Did for example Luftwaffe or Italian/Dutch/Belgian planes ever fly through the Mach...Jump to post
This will also be a challenge once the Luftwaffe gets the F-35. You cannot refuel it with the A400m unless the F35 gets a drogue/hose system, which is probably very unlikely. It just is the way it is, and the A330MRTT fleet allows both kinds of refueling, anyway. Can't they shoehorn the USN F-35C d...Jump to post
This will also be a challenge once the Luftwaffe gets the F-35. You cannot refuel it with the A400m unless the F35 gets a drogue/hose system, which is probably very unlikely.
It just is the way it is, and the A330MRTT fleet allows both kinds of refueling, anyway.
How is the endurance of a C130 tanker, btw? I assume it is considerably less compared to A400M/A330/KC10/KC135?Jump to post
A400Ms from the Luftwaffe are regularly refueling (only visible on ADSB global, not FR) "Primr62" callsign. But the A400M is significantly faster than the C130.Jump to post
https://www.wort.lu/de/lokales/acht-weitere-f35-tarnkappenjets-nach-spangdahlem-verlegt-62713002de135b92365cd6f0 8 F-35 to replace 12 F35 have arrived in Spangdahlem. Apart from that, I still see lots of military movements on ADSB global. Interesting enough, some Italien Tornados were flying sorties...Jump to post
Today German MOD Mrs Lambrecht stated in the Bundestag debate regarding the 100 Billion package that currently only 9 Tiger out of 51 are Operational.
Source: I Listened to the debate.
https://twitter.com/Team_Luftwaffe/stat ... 90/photo/2
Photo of a German EF escorting a B-52.
There is no FR24 equivalent for the road network in central Europe, but I'm sure the traffic has been heavy carrying munitions, MRAPS, engineering gear and other heavy items. The war in Ukraine is kind of a big deal, its outcome will decide the future of Ukraine, Russia, and to a large extent Europ...Jump to post
Why does the comparison chart not show how long to refuel, and how long to charge? Or would they swap out battery packs each stop? I doubt they would. Aviation needs a global Standard for DC charging. CCS or Chademo could do it - it just has to be global. From the numbers we see I expect something ...Jump to post
Thank you for Posting the numbers of the P Volt. They Sound awful but 85NM with 30min reserves would be sufficient for missions like flying Norddeich-Norderney/Juist twice. Charging remains an issue however.
But this could work for this very specific Mission.
Today an USMC C-130J callsign Juicy23 flew tanker sorties over Poland.Jump to post
In 1997, I talked with a german fighter pilot who flew both the F4 and the Mig 29. He was not really Impressed with the Mig29, especially the radar. The Archer Missiles, however, were the reason Germany developed the Iris T in the first place. Much better than the German AIM9L.Jump to post
Several reasons: 1. The mere presence of Manpads lead to new rules of engagement, avoiding critical areas. So they did a job in suppressing and preventing air superiority. 2. Many stinger arrived relatively late in the conflict - German deliverys only startet at the beginning of the conflict. The St...Jump to post
Relax guys. I was just making a point that we need more sustainable long term planning. Especially since 50 year old planes are prone to breaking down faster if they fly 20 hours a day like the EC-135Ws and others. The same applies to the fighter jets. They are getting so many flight hours now that ...Jump to post
BTW, why do the USMC have their own Hornet fighters? What is their mission, compared to the USN? Why do the USMC still use the older version? And what is their mission?Jump to post
Currently, both the Joint Stars as well as the tankers and especially the Rivet Joints are getting flight hours which are comparable to civilian airliners. Not to speak of the fighters, which are also accumulating flight hours on an impressive rate. This is certainly an issue in the long tooth. Not...Jump to post
Currently, both the Joint Stars as well as the tankers and especially the Rivet Joints are getting flight hours which are comparable to civilian airliners. Not to speak of the fighters, which are also accumulating flight hours on an impressive rate. This is certainly an issue in the long tooth.Jump to post
I have seen some USAF KC135's with an ESSO and some other oil firm name (Mobil?) callsign. Lots of KC-135s used the Shell callsign during the Kabul airlift. I don't recall seeing Esso then nor seeing Shell in Europe. I've seen the ESSO trach a few times over Bremen going north-east These are usuall...Jump to post
Currently, an Australian C17 on route from Rzezow.Jump to post
But if Ukraine did it - why do they deny it then? Wouldnt it be a huge propaganda effort? Strange.Jump to post
The B52s are more direct. "Hate11" - "Tyson12" - "Zeus51", but not all of them of course. Interesting are the differences in Europe. Belgian F16 flying in Belgium usually have names like "Macexx" but those flying to Nordhorn crossing the german border are BAFx...Jump to post
The callsigns are strange. The KC-135s usually use LAGRxxx, the KC-10 NCHOxxx, but some are called "esso", "Primr" (GAF A400m). Generally, the A400m now seemingly has become a useful asset.Jump to post
Currently an USAF KC-46 tanker - callsign Pico46 - is on its way from Spain (Edit: not Ramstein) to Poland. First time I see this tanker type - so far we mostly saw KC-10 and KC-135. Italian 767 tankers were seen regularly so far.Jump to post
Curious, just one F-15? Don't they typically patrol in pairs?
They do, but it is not uncommon that you only see one plane on FR/ADSB Global. Lots of movements today, also some czech Gripen over Poland.