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    During the 70s while the RAF F4s carried 'drop tanks' it was a career killer to ever drop them.... or you had better have a fantastic reason to do so.
    Time for another break I think......

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    Nice pic.

    Can't say I can recall another picture of a mixed IAC/RAF formation... although I've heard a few tales.

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    Air Corps Alouettes and RAF Westland Whirlwind

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    AC AW139s were doing fire fighting in NI today

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    AC AW139s were doing fire fighting in NI today
    And if they did it tonight at midnight over certain areas it would be an absolute hoot.
    Could you imagine it?

    Billy starts the fire after spending weeks building it and guarding it and going to all the trouble of climbing to the top of it to place a tricolour at the top. Two seconds later the AC swoop in and waterbomb the pyre with a Bambi bucket. Could you picture the look on his face???

    (PS: No probs with our neighbours building bonfires.I DO have a problem with ANY nations flag being burned.Especially mine.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    And if they did it tonight at midnight over certain areas it would be an absolute hoot.
    Could you imagine it?

    Billy starts the fire after spending weeks building it and guarding it and going to all the trouble of climbing to the top of it to place a tricolour at the top. Two seconds later the AC swoop in and waterbomb the pyre with a Bambi bucket. Could you picture the look on his face???

    (PS: No probs with our neighbours building bonfires.I DO have a problem with ANY nations flag being burned.Especially mine.)
    Given the strain the NI Fire Brigade have been under and the dry conditions I hope those bonfires don't have any extra fires tonight, also lets be honest where they build some of them is simply nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    And if they did it tonight at midnight over certain areas it would be an absolute hoot.
    Could you imagine it?

    Billy starts the fire after spending weeks building it and guarding it and going to all the trouble of climbing to the top of it to place a tricolour at the top. Two seconds later the AC swoop in and waterbomb the pyre with a Bambi bucket. Could you picture the look on his face???

    (PS: No probs with our neighbours building bonfires.I DO have a problem with ANY nations flag being burned.Especially mine.)
    What's the difference between a poor Unionist and a rich Unionist?

    A poor Unionist burns pallets, a rich Unionist burns pellets
    'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
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    "He is an enemy officer taken in battle and entitled to fair treatment."
    "No, sir. He's a sergeant, and they don't deserve no respect at all, sir. I should know. They're cunning and artful, if they're any good. I wouldn't mind if he was an officer, sir. But sergeants are clever."

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    Right add bomfires to the list of things not to order from East Belfast.

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    I see the Air Corps have 2 over in the UK for RIAT, the photo shows 1 with the fuel tanks, do we still only have 1 set or have we bought the ones for the whole fleet?
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    Only one set and one aircraft plumbed so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark23 View Post
    Only one set and one aircraft plumbed so far!
    Thought we were ordering a full set?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark23 View Post
    .... and one aircraft plumbed so far!
    Then why, pray tell, were they previously pictured on 269 and are on 260 in this picture?

    FWIW, I believe an IAC tech on here previously explained that all the PC-9st were plumbed for external tanks.

    As an aside, what scenario would require 8 sets of external fuel tanks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pym View Post
    As an aside, what scenario would require 8 sets of external fuel tanks?
    The sometimes mooted invasion of Iceland ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    The sometimes mooted invasion of Iceland ??
    bomber escort.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pym View Post
    Then why, pray tell, were they previously pictured on 269 and are on 260 in this picture?

    FWIW, I believe an IAC tech on here previously explained that all the PC-9st were plumbed for external tanks.

    As an aside, what scenario would require 8 sets of external fuel tanks?
    OP FLEG

    Thats the highly classified Brigade Level plan to invade Northern Ireland.

    It involves a heavily air supported push of MOWAGS up the M1 motorway; straight into Belfast where Gerry Adams is currently not sleeping to well due to loud bangs.

    Arlene Foster (like any good Unionist as republican propaganda has always said ) has been bought off by the continued promise of a UK state pension as the Irish one is, well, simply shoite…

    Rumour has it that the Lads hope to be back in Dublin for tea and medals by next Wednesday.

    We'll see how that plays out
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    ♪♫♬ First we take Keflavík, then we take Bushmills ♪♫♬

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    Quote Originally Posted by pym View Post
    ♪♫♬ First we take Keflavík, then we take Bushmills ♪♫♬
    Meh............just Kef, at least the wimmin are hot there.

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    All our PC9's are plumbed for external fuel tanks.

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    Excuse my ignorance but would someone please tell me why would one PC9 need to be fitted with fuel tanks and the other not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ias View Post
    Excuse my ignorance but would someone please tell me why would one PC9 need to be fitted with fuel tanks and the other not?
    Perhaps one flies direct, while the other stops off to refuel along the way. If the 2nd is weather delayed, at least one aircraft will make the show. The question is did both arrive together? Fairford has quite a queue of arriving aircraft for up to 3 days before the main show, usually at 10 minute intervals. Miss your slot and you'll have to divert to an alternate until they are ready for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmit� View Post
    Perhaps one flies direct, while the other stops off to refuel along the way. If the 2nd is weather delayed, at least one aircraft will make the show. The question is did both arrive together? Fairford has quite a queue of arriving aircraft for up to 3 days before the main show, usually at 10 minute intervals. Miss your slot and you'll have to divert to an alternate until they are ready for you.
    Firstly, they are all plugged for underwing tanks.

    Secondly, there is no secret reason why one had tanks on. It was a demo for the purposes of the airshow.
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    Why then did only one have tanks while the other was clean? Surely underwing gun and rocket pods would have completed the picture?
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    They are really napalm tanks as part of a BREXIT contingency or water bombs for fire fighting
    Last edited by DeV; 17th July 2018 at 10:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmit� View Post
    Why then did only one have tanks while the other was clean? Surely underwing gun and rocket pods would have completed the picture?
    Because gun and rocket pods are not a new addition to IAC PC-9's.

    Secondly, there is diplomatic protocol which is has to be respected. Submitting a request to carry weapons pods, regardless of whether they contain any ordnance or not, is a completely different kettle of fish than underwing fuel tanks.

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