31st Mar 2012, 20:19
I had a few days in Devon this week and yesterday, 30th , saw an unusual, well to me,con trail. The aircraft seemed to be routing on a line from Lundy to N.Devon ( best I could do with an atlas!) when it performed a perfect 180 degree turn and headed back to sea until out of sight and the con trail dissapeared.
Seeing as its next stop would be about 8 hours away I was just curious if anyone could tell me what it may have been... military maybe?
31st Mar 2012, 21:14
Give me a time of the trail and I will try and find out.
1st Apr 2012, 07:46
Thanks for the answers ...
I am guessing it was about 1245 - 1300 . I knew I should have written the time down !!
airtest? ... quite possible
1st Apr 2012, 08:49
Perhaps unrelated, but I have seen 757's flight testing there that had been under mod/maintenance at London Luton in the recent past. The very same looping backwards and forwards. Did the contrails have 2 trails ?
1st Apr 2012, 15:48
Aurora (aircraft) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_(aircraft))
1st Apr 2012, 17:40
Poss a tanker ? Did a trip many years ago in a VC 10 over Lundy.
1st Apr 2012, 17:57
The aircraft was almost certainly Fedex B757 N917FD out of Luton, flew to north Devon/Cornwall coast arriving at about 11.30, did about 8 circuits at initially 39,000 gradually descending to 25,000 then back to Luton, one of the circuits is almost exactly as you described East from Lundy to north Devon, about turn and out to sea. Hope this helps.
1st Apr 2012, 21:32
Air tests over the SW peninsular are a regular daily occurrence. They tend to operate between Ilfracombe and The Isles of Scilly. Indeed, London Military even operate an advance booking system for such flights and require 24 hours notice because of demand. Checks usually involve flying level at around FL170 and FL350 and include manual reversion. Such flights tend to be of about 2 hours duration. Similar test flights take place over East Anglia, again working London Mil.
2nd Apr 2012, 08:44
Thanks so much for your efforts and explanations.... It sounds like you have it sorted!!
Flight testing certainly fits the bill, I just hadn't seen that before.