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    Everyone else somehow manages to get through this minefield - turn up to a UK, or any other airshow and half the static display will be bombed up with something.

    It still doesn't explain why only one PC-9 had the tanks and one didn't - and no, I don't believe that anyone walking past them went 'wow, external fuel tanks!'....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ropebag View Post
    Everyone else somehow manages to get through this minefield - turn up to a UK, or any other airshow and half the static display will be bombed up with something.

    It still doesn't explain why only one PC-9 had the tanks and one didn't - and no, I don't believe that anyone walking past them went 'wow, external fuel tanks!'....
    This is the kind of ignorance of aerosexuality that I thought society had left behind.

    But to be serious, I would imagine there were people interested. Some will go for the flashy F-35 display, others, the real connoisseurs, will admire a set of dayglow tanks on static display....

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    Maybe they were not required and it was simply for training?
    Distance from Baldonnel to Fairford - 363km as the crow flies
    Max range of a PC9 over 1500km
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    There is a video on YouTube of aircraft arriving at RIAT 2018 and both appear to have arrived together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morpheus View Post
    Maybe they were not required and it was simply for training?
    Distance from Baldonnel to Fairford - 363km as the crow flies
    Max range of a PC9 over 1500km
    I rather doubt they were actually required - as you say, Fairford and 2 dozen divert airfields are easily within range of a cleen PC-9 - but I'm struggling to imagine why you might want to familiarise only one crew out of a pair on flying with them, particularly given that if one aircraft has them and the other doesn't they will have different fuel burn rates, different most efficient speeds and altitudes, different turn and climb rates - perhaps the most likely answer is that some halfwit said 'you can only take one set, we've got to make them last 100 years!'....

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    Maybe they have a really strict Q who will only sign out one set of tanks from the stores.

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    Maybe one lad ...er ....dropped his...........?

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    There was no tech to remove them, the Q wouldn’t issue the key to remove them....

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    They're actually secret intelligence gathering pods.

    The Don is working for Don.

    Trump that is.

    Perfect cover story.

    You heard it here first.

    Next stop a Russian air show
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    Departure after "Operation melt IMO with drop tank conspiracy theories"

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    Maybe one guy is heavier on the throttle?
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    The gun pods cannot be flown without the gun being fitted. It's just the way it's designed.

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    Are they fuel tanks or Suitcases.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegasus View Post
    Maybe they have a really strict Q who will only sign out one set of tanks from the stores.
    Maybe he said “ye’s can have one each, ye’s don’t need two”...
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    My son was at RIAT,

    He spoke to the pilots, the PC9M's came with one set of drop tanks on one & one with no drop tanks as that's just the way the aircraft happened to be configured before they left Bal.
    Last edited by Brian McGrath; 18th July 2018 at 22:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian McGrath View Post
    My son was at RIAT,

    He spoke to the pilots, the PC9M's came with one set of drop tanks on one & one with no drop tanks as that's just the way the aircraft happened to be configured before they left Bal.
    Standard drills.

    Have cover story in place at all times
    'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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    Quote Originally Posted by spider View Post
    Standard drills.

    Have cover story in place at all times
    Yeah, I thought that - they normally only fly about once a fortnight, and they are travelling to, and representing the state at, probably the largest airshow in Europe - of course they just 'happened to turn up like that'. It happens to us all, it's Friday night, the bloke from the Indian says it'll take two hours to have it delivered so you just grab whatever car keys are to hand and drive into town to pick it up. Obvious stuff, I should have thought of it before....

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    Quote Originally Posted by spider View Post
    Standard drills.

    Have cover story in place at all times
    The only time apart from acceptance testing that the UW tanks have been used are to ferry aircraft to Switzerland as it negates a stop in France on the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ropebag View Post
    Yeah, I thought that - they normally only fly about once a fortnight, and they are travelling to, and representing the state at, probably the largest airshow in Europe - of course they just 'happened to turn up like that'. It happens to us all, it's Friday night, the bloke from the Indian says it'll take two hours to have it delivered so you just grab whatever car keys are to hand and drive into town to pick it up. Obvious stuff, I should have thought of it before....
    You mean you don't have a "chap" to do that?

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    My telling ya their smuggling booze
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herald View Post
    You mean you don't have a "chap" to do that?
    Not on Friday nights - I give the poor mite the evening off. He can make up the time by digging my garden over the weekend.

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