posted on Jul, 10 2013 @ 11:36 AM
I had to post this in fun, but it seems the UK will be getting another "Damien" in one of its RC-135W Airseekers.
In May of 1995, the crew of a Nimrod R1, which provided the same mission as the Airseekers will, survived a ditching after an onboard fire. The
aircraft was nicknamed Damien, as the number was XW666.
Now that the RAF is getting the Airseeker to replace the R1s in that mission, the first aircraft will be numbered ZZ664, which leads one to the third
and final aircraft will be ZZ666 (of course logic is not the strong point in any military bureaucracy).
Another Damien? I guess we'll have to wait a few years to find out.
During a visit to the Royal Air Force's Waddington air base in Lincolnshire late last week, I was told that the service's first RC-135W Rivet
Joint will be touching down in the UK in October or November this year.
To be operated by the personnel of 51 Sqn, the UK's "RJs" will be identical in configuration to the examples flown by the US Air Force's 55th Wing
from Offutt AFB in Nebraska. Indeed, the allies already fly joint missions on the latter, under a long-term collaboration agreement, and more than 100
UK personnel have been trained to date.
edit on 7/10/2013 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason