gary1701 Posted September 7, 2019 Share Posted September 7, 2019 (edited) Gents, I missed this selection the other week when I did Wattisham families day and the Saturday morning Mildenhall run. On the Friday (my 50th as well!) and with Lakenheath closed for the bank holiday weekend I decided to go up to Lincolnshire and visit the RAF Typhoon base at Coningsby. It's one of the easiest bases to visit, with easy access all around the perimeter, but with the loss of Tornados and the removal of the majority of squadron markings from the Typhoons it's become a rather boring place to visit, unless there's something visiting. That wasn't the case on this Friday morning so here's a few pretty standard pics. Flight from 41 Sqn, the trials unit coming out from the North side. The training (29 Sqn) and trials unit are on the North, the two frontline outfits (3 and 11) are on the South. Because 41 generally do not deploy operationally (they do go to the US annually for training), they are able to hang onto their sqn markings. Twin stick Typhoons are now a rare breed, as the RAF have scrapped for parts all the early Tranche 1 two-seaters. Recently there was a bunch of parts, including a set of fore planes on Ebay! There's a few twin sticks in the Tranche 2 batch, including this one, but conversion training has moved to the single seaters. To me it's the short term thinking yet again, as the aircraft could still have been used single seat and by spreading the hours the single seat fleet would last longer. I don't doubt that in 15 to 20 years or so the Typhoon will end up in the same situation as we had with the Tornado's - the most capable variant in service compared to the other operators, but axed earlier because the airframes are knackered. Out of the South side HAS site. This is one of the new Tranche 3 airframes. They have a small mod that differentiates them from Tranche 1/2. There is a small raised 'blister' on the upper rear fuselage directly in front of the fin. This is a attachment point for CFT's, if they are ever funded and deployed. of which the RAF currently have no plans to do so! Surprisingly, this Tranche 3 airframe carries full 11 Sqn markings. Standard Typhoon departures do not involve reheat/afterburner, occasionally the crews will call for a 'performance' departure. Nearly! It was Friday on a bank holiday weekend, so I didn't expect these guys to be out for long, in fact the base was NOTAMed to be closed by 12:30 local. So much for that idea, a Voyager was off the coast so all the flights went and tanked and stayed out for between 2 to 3 hours, frustrating as it was hot and there's no cover where I was waiting! They even got a extension to the NOTAM - so much for the RAF reputation of Friday afternoons... When they did come back, this guy had a jammed AAR probe, although he did several radar approaches so wasn't considered serious. Common fault on Typhoons that. Gary Edited September 7, 2019 by gary1701 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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