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Cheap Defence trick

Hello folks.

I'm back after months of inactivity. I'm partly retired these days and I hope to click some more snaps this Autumn once the domestic dust has settled at Snaar towers.

Meanwhile, while doing some UrbEx like you do, I discovered just how deep the Defence cuts have gone.



Don't tell the enemy but many of our front line aeroplanes are not strictly this year's models:



In fact between you and me, I'm not certain they were designed by engineers at all. While they are sturdy I have doubts about the power to weight ratio.



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Re: Cheap Defence trick

Wait until you see the big elastic band they use to launch it.


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Re: Cheap Defence trick

Phew. There goes my steam engine theory ..
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Re: Cheap Defence trick

Well I suspect a carrier style steam catapult will be slightly more effective, but I suspect the range will still be very limited.
Interesting find, just hope the official secrets people wont be after you now!
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Re: Cheap Defence trick

No...... I think it's Ryanairs newest aircraft for really cheap flights and you will still pay for hand luggage!!

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Re: Cheap Defence trick

They built mock up tanks during the war. Why not mock up aircraft. This could be the only one left.
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Re: Cheap Defence trick

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They built mock up tanks during the war. Why not mock up aircraft. This could be the only one left.
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Re: Cheap Defence trick

Looks like a Fire Fighting practice rig.
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Re: Cheap Defence trick

Don’t they try to use actual old aircraft for that?
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Looks like a Fire Fighting practice rig.
That's what I originally thought, but there's no evidence of fire on the structure or surroundings.

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That's what I originally thought, but there's no evidence of fire on the structure or surroundings.

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I suspect it's been around long enough for the evidence of fire to fade.
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Dont they try to use actual old aircraft for that?
No, because they loose structural integrity in fire.

The Defence Fire Training and Development Centre at Manston has one with all the gas/fuel systems built in. Its very impressive and made to be very realistic of the way fires burn in aircraft.

I visited the school when I was manager of the MOD Fire & Rescue at Shoeburyness.
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Re: Cheap Defence trick

Yes, it is what remains of the fire practice thingy at Greenham Common.

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Re: Cheap Defence trick

It strikes me that it is an idea that never quite got off the ground.
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Re: Cheap Defence trick

Its a glider, designed by committee.
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