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  • Ralph2
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    I'l have 2 please, a bloke I see now n then worked on the Lightening and when the Tornado was looking to be late into service
    he looked at extending the life of the Lightening, he worked out that by replacing the electronics with modern kit they would
    save 3.5 tons and so extend the life of the airframe. Strangely enough I saw another strange at least to me aircraft a few days
    back, It was in a steep turn at high speed and very low so did not see the upper surface it looked very like a F104 Star-fighter
    light grey or pail blue, complete with a T tail but had a delta wing it was well tanked up with tanks on the two outboard
    points and seemed to be carrying other stuff on the fuselage, I for some reason thought it was French, I had not taken
    any notice of it till the wife who does not usually take any notice of them said "whats all the junk hanging off that thing"

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  • Ralph2
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    Thanks for that Comed you could be right I'm up at Knott End so not far away.

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  • Comed
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    Ralph....What you may have seen was the Pilatus PC-9 operated by BAe Systems from Warton.They fly a couple in support of RSAF>.I live nr Warton(Blackpool) and often see it.We do however get a lot of Tucanos thru` Blackpool.They come in for Fuel and Lunch.Linton machines. Hope this helps.Cheers

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  • Ralph2
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    Hi Speedbird I don't hold a ppl but used to fly a bit from Barton not far from you, a good few of the
    aircraft in the pic had come from there, one a Autogyro was a amazing bit of kit.



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  • speedbird1960
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    WOW wished i lived there, it looks amazing. I Live in Runcorn right under liverpools fight path, the only interesting planes i get is 2 fighters in formation about every 2-3 weeks. Did read you that info on the RAF site. All for now.
    Last edited by speedbird1960; 2010-06-12, 10:21.

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  • Ralph2
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    Hi and thanks for the reply, yes I know they are used by the RAF we get lots over on training but never in formation with a Hawk due to the flight path I am sure they were up from Warton, and the bad vis and low
    level about 250ft makes me think they weren't students.
    Beach nr our house a few sundays ago.

    Last edited by Ralph2; 2010-05-16, 11:57.

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  • speedbird1960
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    Hi Ralph2, did a bit searching on the net and Tucano's are used for training RAF pilots before they progress onto Hawks. Possibly a training exercise. Check out this RAF link http://www.raf.mod.uk/equipment/tucano.cfm it's got a lot of info on this. All for now.

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  • mooneys982
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    try north west air news http://www.nwan.co.uk it normally covers eggp but has threads in the forum that may cover areas.

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  • Ralph2
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    Tucano

    I live on Morecambe Bay in the NW of the UK we are near Warton were BA systems have a
    airfield and they use the Bay area for test flights, any way this morning the clouds were
    down to about 250ft in places when I heard what I thought was a strange sounding turbo
    prop very low passed right over our house, it turned out to be I think a Tucano with a Hawk
    as a chase plane, I can only think they were testing something something quite new as although
    I often see unusual or obviously modified aircraft and some I cant identify the last time I saw one
    with a chase plane was the early Euro Fighter.
    If this is not in the right place maybe a mode could move it.
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