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    "Just a nice picture" of XAC Y20 aircraft of the 12th Regiment of PLAAF or China Air Force.



    https://twitter.com/scramble_nl/stat...43797818101760

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    On 15 May two T-6C Texan IIs for the RAF made a stopover at Glasgow Airport. The aircraft will be delivered to RAF Valley.



    https://twitter.com/scramble_nl/stat...05019791880192

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    First F-35s to Arrive in Britain in Early June: Minister.

    New Stealth Jets Set to Arrive Home In Britain

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    The Norwegian AF will receive three additional F-35A at Ørland Main Air Station on 22 May. The flight will start in the morning and landing in the night.



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    On 15 May two T-6C Texan IIs for the RAF made a stopover at Glasgow Airport. The aircraft will be delivered to RAF Valley.
    I'm still not clear why they chose a warmed-over 34-year-old design in preference to the PC-21. Just look at all those aerodynamic bodges. Of course, commonality with the USA.

    At least QinetiQ have chosen the PC-21 for the ETPS. A design that has some potential for the future instead of being at the limits of its airframe.

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    Cost Vs Performances. The PC-21 is certainly not a radical design in term of airframe. Then embedded simulation of systems (in-flight) is much more easier done (cost / fidelity) when the manufacturer has a close relationship with the user of the in-service plane you just bought. Then ETPS is certainly something else. Just like QinetiQ is with an Air force.

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    But you certainly know that at least better than me.

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    I find it fascinating that the PC-9 was rejected in favour of the Short Tucano* way back in 1984 - yet here we are 35 years later accepting the T-6C Texan (essentially an updated PC-9) into RAF service to replace the Tucano.

    Talk about full circle - and the seeming nonsense that is RAF procurement.

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    Ken could you explain what the Tucano couldn't do that required modifications for RAF service? and what the PC-9 could do that the Tucano couldn't?

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    IIRC, the engine was changed (PT6A to Garret), an airbrake was added and a stronger bird-proof canopy was incorporated.

    Wiki lists the changes..... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Tucano.

    Not sure about the new PC-9 (T-6 Texan) - presumably the RAF Tucanos need replacing - this from Wiki.....

    The aircraft was scheduled to be withdrawn from service in 2015. It will be replaced by the winner of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme

    That winner was the T-6C Texan - and I just find it amusing that the Tucano replacement is the type that it beat all those years ago.

    Ken

    PS - I know that the latest Beech T-6C Texan is a vastly different machine to the original Pilatus PC-9 - but indulge me.
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    The Corps is down to one final EA-6B Prowler squadron

    The last remaining EA-6B squadron in the Corps will begin its deactivation in October 2018.
    “VMAQ-2′s deactivation in FY19 will mark the end of the EA-6B’s service in the Marine Corps, as well as its continuous employment as a joint tactical Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) asset,” Burns told Marine Corps Times.
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    In mid-April, an EA-6B escorted a pair of B-1 bombers as they carried out airstrikes against the Barzah Research and Development Center located near Damascus, Syria.
    The strikes were in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian regime against civilians in the village of Douma, Syria, in early April. The EA-6B escort was likely there to suppress enemy air defense systems.
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    After the crash of “Thunderbird 6” in April, the Commander of Air Combat Command, has authorized the resumption of Thunderbird performances starting on 19 and 20 May 2018.

    https://twitter.com/scramble_nl/stat...01326285885440

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    Ecuador is the first Latin American country to acquire an M28 aircraft.

    PZL Mielec Signs Agreement with Ecuador Army for M28 Short Takeoff and Landing Aircraft

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    The British news agency, the Daily Telegraph, reported 16 May 2018 that the British Government is committed to buying 138 F-35s, but Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to row back the multi-billion pound deal.

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    Turkmenistan has recently evaluated new aircraft. Leonardo send a C-27 transport aircraft and M346 trainer, while Airbus delivered a C295MPA.

    https://twitter.com/scramble_nl/stat...89274028847110

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    At Perm/Bolshoyo the MiG-31 engine caught fire during its take-off role. Take-off was abended and two crew came safely away.



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