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Quoting: John (scouse) Hirons
. I was stuck in Salou, .
Iíd have left you there and said " Fixed! Next problem please".
Iíve been reading about the so-called British evacuation, and indeed, it looks as though they couldnít run a bath.
There are sound reason why the RAF canít do much, and that reason is that the RAF Air Transport Arm is well and truly past itís use by date. That fact was known for the full 13 years of the Labour Government, as TC correctly alludes to, during which the problem wasnít addressed.
If you go and read the ARRSE page [Army Rumour Service], and PPRUNE, you will learn what is common knowledge, that the once renowned RAF Transport Command is struggling to maintain the air bridge to Afghanistan, let alone any unforeseen commitment. The obsolescent Tristars were old and secondhand when they were acquired, and almost no other operator flies them today, theyíre that old. The VC10 is almost 50 years old, and the RAF ones over 47. The two 10s scrapped recently each had 80,000 airframe hours on them, which is a very old bike ! Spare parts must be an absolute nightmare for aircraft no one else uses!
The C130s, some of which are being scrapped as we speak, are overworked and very tired. The replacement for the Herc is the A400M which is years overdue and 800 million over budget, and before that red flag drops, both happened under Brown!
Last edited by Colin Hall