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    This is a (incomplete) list of aid flights into Beirut, and of course Ireland isn't on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    This is a (incomplete) list of aid flights into Beirut, and of course Ireland isn't on it.

    In all fairness Ireland given far more in the betterment of Lebanon than most on that list.

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    Airplanes from world Nations carrying emergency aid to Lebanon.[translated]


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    Of interest is the Bangladeshi Air Force flights using their ex UK RAF C130J Hercules into Beirut. As usual the bean counters missed a bargain there, especially as senior Air Corps officers specified that they needed Long Range MR aircraft, like the USCG Hercs. Two fitted out for MR and three for transport with full support package from Marshalls would look bloody smart now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarsfield View Post
    Of interest is the Bangladeshi Air Force flights using their ex UK RAF C130J Hercules into Beirut. As usual the bean counters missed a bargain there, especially as senior Air Corps officers specified that they needed Long Range MR aircraft, like the USCG Hercs. Two fitted out for MR and three for transport with full support package from Marshalls would look bloody smart now.
    Maybe ICG can get together with Civil Defence and get a few Hercs

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    Some very interesting pics on the IAC Twitter account of the second aid delivery by a CASA to Beirut. Aircraft fully loaded with pallets full length around the MPA operators console.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetjock View Post
    Some very interesting pics on the IAC Twitter account of the second aid delivery by a CASA to Beirut. Aircraft fully loaded with pallets full length around the MPA operators console.
    There is also a nice video of the new IAC weekly flight to Beirut.
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1295387992803155974

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    Don Lavery on twitter is saying the DoD have ruled out any further Transport aircraft purchase.
    He hasn't been incorrect lately, he had the 4th PC12 when everyone else was saying it was a demo/lease, He had the C295 before anyone else.
    So much for new minister, new secgen, cleen sweep of DoD.
    German 1: Private Schnutz, I have bad news for you.
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    German 1: That is the bad news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    Don Lavery on twitter is saying the DoD have ruled out any further Transport aircraft purchase.
    He hasn't been incorrect lately, he had the 4th PC12 when everyone else was saying it was a demo/lease, He had the C295 before anyone else.
    So much for new minister, new secgen, cleen sweep of DoD.
    "Rome was not built in a day"

    The department is still the same as it has been for the past nearly 100 years, it cannot be expected to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    Don Lavery on twitter is saying the DoD have ruled out any further Transport aircraft purchase.
    He hasn't been incorrect lately, he had the 4th PC12 when everyone else was saying it was a demo/lease, He had the C295 before anyone else.
    So much for new minister, new secgen, cleen sweep of DoD.
    Sadly is anyone really surprised, meanwhile apart from the airlifts to Lebanon, we have Mali having a coup and no easy way to withdraw our troops if needed unless someone else brings them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    Don Lavery on twitter is saying the DoD have ruled out any further Transport aircraft purchase.
    He hasn't been incorrect lately, he had the 4th PC12 when everyone else was saying it was a demo/lease, He had the C295 before anyone else.
    So much for new minister, new secgen, cleen sweep of DoD.
    If money is looking tight for the foreseeable the repurposing of the current CASAs might be of interest again.

    The current thinking that you absolutely must retire an aircraft to justify replacing it seems to be the problem. If there's life left in them why not? 20,000 hours per aircraft currently.

    Flying point A to point B is a lot easier on an airframe than repeated high-lo-high mission profiles over salt water.

    Fair play to the IAC. The recent can do/make do attitude is refreshing and hopefully a sign of more to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetjock View Post
    If money is looking tight for the foreseeable the repurposing of the current CASAs might be of interest again.

    The current thinking that you absolutely must retire an aircraft to justify replacing it seems to be the problem. If there's life left in them why not? 20,000 hours per aircraft currently.

    Flying point A to point B is a lot easier on an airframe than repeated high-lo-high mission profiles over salt water.

    Fair play to the IAC. The recent can do/make do attitude is refreshing and hopefully a sign of more to come.
    It would be interesting to know just how many hours in a transport role would be left on the current aircraft.

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