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Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Hello » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:18 pm

OK, on the Polish forum we decided that the next event will be a formation/escort flight. The route we chose is Poznan-Berlin-Frankfurt-Luxembourg-Paris-London (EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL). There will be two attempts - first on 2nd August and second on 3rd August. We are going to start from Poznan-Krzesiny AFB (EPKS) at 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT). The aircraft we are going to escort is E-3B NATO (I'll post a topic about this livery; BTW I think NATO uses E-3A, but does it matter for this event?) - probably Harry_man will be flying it (if no one else wants to do it). Rest of us can use any fighter aircraft of course ;)
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Natovr » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:23 pm

Alright, Harry_Man can fly it ;) I'll probably be in a YF-23 or an F-18 or something. How far is this? How long do you think it would take?

15 GMT is 16 London

I'll test all of the aircraft I like, and the aircraft we're escorting and see the minimum speeds.
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Hello » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:33 pm

We have already made a similar flight and it took more than 3 hours. But of course if someone can't fly the whole route he can start/end whenever he wishes.

EDIT: Here's the NATO E-3B thread: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1925
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Natovr » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:05 pm

Max speed is over 400 on the unmodified 707. Min is under 200 but I wouldn't risk it. Also, the 707 AP is funny with altitude. Dunno about the E-3 ;)
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Natovr » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:20 pm

Max speed of YF-23 is variable, depending on how much fuel you want to save (i got up to 723 and ran out after a while). Min speed is 110 but you will be flying at a 20 deg angle. it can be controlled with the trajectory circle in the HUD

I think this aircraft will be suitable. 300 knots should seem at a normal angle

EDIT: We should let the E3B take off, reach 300 or 320 knots, then we chase it down intercept, and stay in formation with it.

EDIT2: Maybe we can use the A-10 too, but the YF-23 would be faster
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby MD-Terp » Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:34 am

Sorry guys -- I won't be able to make this one, either day. :(
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Hello » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:00 am

I forgot to say - on the second attempt we'll probably fly the route backwards, I mean EGLL-LFPO-...
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Natovr » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:28 am

Ah, ok, thanks for mentioning :)
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Natovr » Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:49 pm

The flight was excellent! We had people coming and going the whole time... and had a good turnout throughout :) We had as much people here as we have on average at KSFO!

I believe some of us have snapshots of the formation we made :p
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Hello » Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:01 pm

Yes, it was really nice :) Tomorrow I'll think about the next event :)
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Natovr » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:13 am

:D thanks for the effort! it's lots of fun going to these events
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Re: Formation/escort flight, EPKS-EDDB-EDDF-ELLX-LFPO-EGLL

Postby Gijs » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:09 am

Natovr wrote:I believe some of us have snapshots of the formation we made :p

Could someone share them please?
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