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  • L1011
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    Originally posted by rattler
    Not sure about all detaily, but late 19th century (1870 +/- ) the Straits Settlements became a Crown Colony under the Colonial Office in London.

    The Straits Settlements were, IIRC my long ago history lessons, composed of Singapore (governmet location), Malakka + Penang.

    Standing by for incoming...

    Rattler

    iirc it may go back even further, I haven't got time to google but the name ''Stamford Raffles'' comes to mind, think may have been governor around turn of the 19th century

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  • P3_Super_Bee
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    Originally posted by rattler
    Not sure about all detaily, but late 19th century (1870 +/- ) the Straits Settlements became a Crown Colony under the Colonial Office in London.

    The Straits Settlements were, IIRC my long ago history lessons, composed of Singapore (governmet location), Malakka + Penang.

    Standing by for incoming...

    Rattler
    Ahhh, thought maybe you ment Hawaii because of the Star Bulletin tie-in. Now I'm straight.

    You'd be surprise how many people miss the boat when it comes to Hawaii. My kids went to stay with my Mom and Dad two weeks ago, Getting ready for me and my wife to join them first week of Feb, anyway. They say they get all kinds of wacked questions about Hawaii, "Do they speak English there?", "What kind of money you use there?" etc. HELLOO it's the 50th State, where has are education system gone LOL

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  • rattler
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    Originally posted by P3_Super_Bee
    British Colony background from where?
    Not sure about all detaily, but late 19th century (1870 +/- ) the Straits Settlements became a Crown Colony under the Colonial Office in London.

    The Straits Settlements were, IIRC my long ago history lessons, composed of Singapore (governmet location), Malakka + Penang.

    Standing by for incoming...

    Rattler

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  • P3_Super_Bee
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    Originally posted by rattler
    But, to come back to topic, indeed the Singapore Air Force is called RSiAF or RSAF, the "R" of which an (US? Star Bulletin resides in Hawaii IIRC...) author having in mind the British colony background could easily interpret erroneously as "Royal" instead of "Republic (of)"...
    British Colony background from where?

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  • rattler
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    Update: Another 19 Eagles fly

    SOURCE: Air Force Times
    DATE: JAN 22, 2008
    BY: Bruce Rolfsen

    19 more eagles soar


    The good news for F-15 Eagle units has been slowly mounting.

    As of Tuesday, the Air Force had cleared an additional 19 Eagles to resume flying because the fighters passed inspections of their interior structural supports.

    On Jan. 9, Air Combat Command gave the green light for 259 of the A through D-model versions of the F-15 to fly. Each jet has passed an inspection that measured more than 150 spots to determine if the jetís fuselage supports met the original thickness specifications or showed any signs of potentially cracking.

    Since the Jan. 9 announcement, 19 more jets have also passed inspections. That leaves with Air Force with 172 Eagles still grounded.

    Gen. John Corley, head of ACC, said Jan. 10 that a decision on if and when most of the grounded jets can return to flight will wait until at least February when he hears detailed proposals on repairing the jets.

    The jets were first grounded Nov. 3 after a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C broke apart while in a 7.8G turn.

    An accident investigation board concluded the jet split in two because a right-side reinforcement beam, called a longeron, that supports the canopy and cockpit cracked apart during the high-G turn. The fracture, developing over an unknown length of time, was the result of the longeron being thinner than what specifications called for. The upper side of the longeron should have been 0.10 of an inch thick. Instead, the longeron in places was 50 percent thinner than called for.

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  • rattler
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    Originally posted by Dmmoore
    Someone should tell the Star Bulletin the government of Singapore is Democratic (sort of ) and even though Lee Quan Yew some times act like on, technically he isn't.
    Hmmmm... Without knowing zilch about the Singapore state form organization, just in general: Democracy and Kingdoms are (at least today) not exclusively opposite:

    I guess you will agree Britain is a democracy, but its still RAF...

    AFAIR the opposite to monarchy would be a republic, but maybe the above mentioned misconception is something typically American?: Jeb Bush visiting Spain to convince the public that Aznars ("President Ansar" in jeb-speak) idea of going to an illegal war with Iraq was a good idea (..." there will be un-imaginable long-time profits"...) discredited himself right off the plane when he said "I am happy to be in the great Republic of Spain"...

    After this nobody here was really surprised US government accidentally sent the promised huge "if-you-enter-the-war" credits to Slovenia instead of to CoW member Slovakia...

    But, to come back to topic, indeed the Singapore Air Force is called RSiAF or RSAF, the "R" of which an (US? Star Bulletin resides in Hawaii IIRC...) author having in mind the British colony background could easily interpret erroneously as "Royal" instead of "Republic (of)"...

    Sorry, couldnt resist... R.
    Last edited by rattler; 2008-01-22, 20:27. Reason: typos as always

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  • Dmmoore
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    Originally posted by rattler
    SOURCE: Star Bulletin
    DATE: JAN 20, 2008
    The exercise also will involve aircraft and personnel from the Royal Thai Air Force and Army and Royal Singapore Air Force.
    Someone should tell the Star Bulletin the government of Singapore is Democratic (sort of ) and even though Lee Quan Yew some times act like on, technically he isn't.

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  • rattler
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    Commando Sling exercise between U.S. & Singapore canceled due to F-15 grounding

    SOURCE: Star Bulletin
    DATE: JAN 20, 2008

    The partial grounding of F-15 combat jets because of possible structural problems has resulted in the cancellation of the Pacific Air Forces exercise Commando Sling 08-02, which was begun in 1990 to provide air combat training for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Singapore Air Force fighter units.

    Earlier this month the Air Force cleared a portion of its F-15 jets, but a few still are awaiting the further analysis of inspections that were ordered following the crash of an F-15 belonging to the Missouri Air National Guard last year.

    Meanwhile, the 15th Airlift Wing will be sending C-17 Globemaster cargo jets from the 535th Airlift Squadron to Thailand to participate in Exercise Cope Tiger 2008 from Saturday through Feb. 5.

    More than 1,400 people, including 700 U.S. Air Force specialists and Marines, will participate in this annual exercise being held at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, located 110 miles northeast of Bangkok, and Udon Thani Royal Thai Air Base.

    The exercise also will involve aircraft and personnel from the Royal Thai Air Force and Army and Royal Singapore Air Force.

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  • Top_Gun
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    Good, just in time for our local unit(104th FW) to go active, thanks to BRAC transitioned from A-10s.

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  • Jet-fighters.Net
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    Looks like the A-D models can begin flight ops again once the pilots become current.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...or-flight.html

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  • dheald
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    Air Combat Command stands down F-15 A-D models until further notice

    by Air Combat Command

    12/5/2007 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (ACCNS) -- On Monday night, the commander of Air Combat Command directed the stand-down of all ACC F-15 A through D model aircraft until further notice.

    The decision follows additional information received from the ongoing investigation of the Nov. 2 F-15C mishap that resulted in the loss of that aircraft.

    Gen. John D.W. Corley, ACC commander, also recommended the grounding of all other A through D model aircraft in other Air Force major commands, including those under the operational control of U.S. combatant commanders.

    Monday's findings from the Accident Investigation Board indicate that a recently discovered defect may be more extensive and found in more aircraft than initially thought. These findings, based on a metallurgical analysis of the mishap aircraft, continue to focus on the F-15's upper longerons near the canopy of the aircraft. Additional cracks have been discovered in these longerons. The longerons are major structural components that run along the length and side of the aircraft.

    Technical experts with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia, are developing a specific inspection technique for the suspect area based on yesterday's findings. However, unlike previous inspections, the inspected aircraft will not be immediately returned to flight.

    The duration of the stand-down is pending. Aircraft will not be returned to operational status until the F-15 A-D model findings and data have been analyzed, required inspections have been accomplished and the necessary repair or mitigation actions have been completed.

    Computer simulations have indicated a catastrophic structural failure could result from cracks in the longerons. To date, longeron cracks have been discovered in an additional four aircraft. These aircraft are awaiting further engineering instructions before they are returned to operational status.

    Air Combat Command continues to work with the Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve and sister major commands in Europe and the Pacific, as well as joint and coalition partners, to ensure mission coverage.

    The stand-down does not affect the F-15E.

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  • Jet-fighters.Net
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    Here is a link related to the latest grounding

    http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/11/28...ded/index.html

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...-weakness.html

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  • dheald
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    The F-15 models A through D were grounded again today. There are 15 such F-15's based here at Langley AFB.

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  • Jet-fighters.Net
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    Cool deal will have to make a trip down to SJ AFB in Central NC once my new Nikon D300 hits my door step

    It also looks as if most of the Eagles have been cleared for operations again

    http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123076914

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  • thefightercommunity
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    The Strike Eagles are flying again!

    http://www.langley.af.mil/shared/med...071116-019.wmv

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