Newsletter 17
Summer 2007
Updated on 28Jul2007
Aces, Erks, Backroom Boys
Annual General Meeting
Dunsfold Wings and Wheels
EDO to Project Office
Eric Rubython
F-35 Lightning News
From Ribs to Retirement
Hawk News
Hawker Nimrod Query
Hawker People News
Hunters Still Active
Kingston Aviation Heritage
Racing Gliders
Unlocking Potential
Upper Heyford Recollection
V/STOL Wheel of Misfortune
Why Pay More

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Hawk News
    BAES has been awarded an initial 74 million contract by the Ministry of Defence to support the Hawk TMk1/1A aircraft of the RAF and RN. The Hawk Integrated Operational Support (IOS) contract will ensure that agreed numbers of sorties can be carried out through to 2011, guaranteeing aircraft availability for training.
    RAF Valley, RAF Leeming and RNAS Culdrose will be supported directly by BAES and Babcock Defence Services who currently carry out all Hawk maintenance.
    The support service will provide fleet and supply chain management, forward and depth maintenance, and technical support.
    Also a spares availability service will be provided to RAF Scampton for the Red Arrows, and to MoD Boscombe Down. 
Hunters Still Active

    Norman De Viell reports that a civilian contractor, Airborne Tactical Advantage Co (ATAC) of Newport News, Virginia, operates two former Swiss Air Force Hunter Mk 58s.
    Currently they are in Japan on a twelve month US Navy contract providing airborne threat simulations for training shipboard and aircraft squadron weapon systems operators.
    He also reported that a firm in Delaware has leased six Hunters to the USAF for similar duties.