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On 10/2/2018 at 5:59 PM, 11bee said:

On the other side of the house, Canadian grunts deploy to the field with a beer tent.  Always thought that was a really nice piece of kit.   

 

Enjoyed my stint with the Canucks at Gagetown, NB.   Great guys.  

 

 

 

Airforce does too, I was in a Tactical Helicopter Squadron for part of my career. We even had satellite TV, and we purchased a shower trailer.

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RAAF F-35's have already been delivered but they operate in the U.S. as part of the international  F-35 pilot training program at Luke AFB in Arizona. The first RAAF F-35's to be permanently based in Australia begin this December 2018:

 

"The first F-35As will arrive in Australia in December 2018 to ensure continuity in Australia’s air combat capability during the drawdown of the F/A-18A/B Hornet fleet that the F-35A is replacing."

 

From here:

https://sldinfo.com/2018/04/mission-ready-f-35s-delivered-to-raaf/

 

HTH's

 

Regards,

Don

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21 hours ago, Don said:

RAAF F-35's have already been delivered but they operate in the U.S. as part of the international  F-35 pilot training program at Luke AFB in Arizona. The first RAAF F-35's to be permanently based in Australia begin this December 2018:

 

"The first F-35As will arrive in Australia in December 2018 to ensure continuity in Australia’s air combat capability during the drawdown of the F/A-18A/B Hornet fleet that the F-35A is replacing."

 

From here:

https://sldinfo.com/2018/04/mission-ready-f-35s-delivered-to-raaf/

 

HTH's

 

Regards,

Don

 

 

I was reading speculation on another forum their transit to Australia may have been brought forward, but can find nothing concrete. Must be nothing more than speculation

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6 hours ago, Alternative 4 said:

 

 

I was reading speculation on another forum their transit to Australia may have been brought forward, but can find nothing concrete. Must be nothing more than speculation

They may well go early, but if there is anything this program has learned the hard way it's not to set deadlines and make early promises.

 

If they get there early there will be fanfare AFTER they arrive

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5 hours ago, Trigger said:

 

It should be noted that the F-35 deployed to combat before the first incident involving a the loss of an aircraft.

 

This was the first crash - but not the first loss of an airframe. 

 

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2018/06/21/the-corps-has-lost-its-first-f-35/

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On 10/2/2018 at 12:53 PM, 11bee said:

 

 

Wonder how the Royal Navy has been able to remain functional all these years whilst still allowing the crew to imbibe on occasion?

 

Not very well I think.  Didn't they run out of mission-capable surface combatants and surface-surface missiles a year or so ago?

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On 10/4/2018 at 9:25 PM, Don said:

RAAF F-35's have already been delivered but they operate in the U.S. as part of the international  F-35 pilot training program at Luke AFB in Arizona. The first RAAF F-35's to be permanently based in Australia begin this December 2018:

 

"The first F-35As will arrive in Australia in December 2018 to ensure continuity in Australia’s air combat capability during the drawdown of the F/A-18A/B Hornet fleet that the F-35A is replacing."

 

From here:

https://sldinfo.com/2018/04/mission-ready-f-35s-delivered-to-raaf/

 

HTH's

 

Regards,

Don

 

Oldish news now. RAAF F-35   A35-009 was delivered last month, and with A35-010 will transit to Williamtown in late November or early December. Both are allocated to 3 SQN and will be followed by eight more during 2019. The first eight aircraft A35-001 to A35-008 will remain in the USA  and follow at some point when deliveries are well advanced and the RAAF is ready to take on all of it's own training and conversion load

 

Shane

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3 hours ago, Sarathi S. said:

 

Not very well I think.  Didn't they run out of mission-capable surface combatants and surface-surface missiles a year or so ago?

Good point. But if you are going to run out of ships and munitions, at least make sure you have beer!

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47 minutes ago, sweier said:

 

Oldish news now. RAAF F-35   A35-009 was delivered last month, and with A35-010 will transit to Williamtown in late November or early December. Both are allocated to 3 SQN and will be followed by eight more during 2019. The first eight aircraft A35-001 to A35-008 will remain in the USA  and follow at some point when deliveries are well advanced and the RAAF is ready to take on all of it's own training and conversion load

 

Shane

So A35-009 is already in Australia flying? Interesting. Any pictures or news links? All I seem to find is that December is still the targeted date for the F-35 to make its permanent début with the RAAF in Australia. This one from this past month:

 

http://www.contactairlandandsea.com/2018/09/13/australias-first-f-35-coming-soon/

 

And the one from less then a month ago:

 

https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/strike-air-combat/2894-challenging-times-ahead-as-complex-task-of-long-term-f-35-support-and-sustainment-begins

 

 

I can't seem to find anything about it's delivery. Was there any special ceremony upon its arrival in Australia?

 

Thanks and regards,

Don

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On 10/3/2018 at 8:27 AM, barkin mad said:

 

 

AFAIK it's always been considered in the Royal Navy (since the Harrier went to sea anyway) that it was better to stop then land, rather than land then stop.

 

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Not exactly.  First, you have to stop, relative to the ship, regardless.  Second, the brits were the ones pushing a rolling landing approach at one time.

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