|John (scouse) Hirons|
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Quoting: Colin Hall
I’d have left you there and said " Fixed! Next problem please".
I’ve been reading about the so-called British evacuation, and indeed, it looks as though they couldn’t run a bath.
There are sound reason why the RAF can’t do much, and that reason is that the RAF Air Transport Arm is well and truly past it’s 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 wasn’t 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, they’re 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
Alright Colin, Leave me in Salou...you rotter, you absolute rotter just you wait I’m telling me Mam on yeh.
I’ll take the anecdotal evidence that the RAF can’t do the job but during the ash episode everything laid on was civilian, we were talking thousands not hundreds needing help & it worked like clockwork. Let’s face if the Government can’t even arrange for two aircraft it doesn’t say much for our chance of them running the country. It’s a disgrace the inept handling of the situation is embarrassing to say but the least, it has made us a laughing stock world wide.
A situation may be desperate but never serious