29th May 2012, 12:02
At the STN rwy 04 hold the other morning and had to wait for 'White Knight' who had called 7 miles. After what seemed like hours, something resembling a puddle jumper like a PA28 merged out of the gloom and landed.
Who is White Knight???
29th May 2012, 12:34
I AM White Knight - but I am NOT a puddle jumper:E:ok:
29th May 2012, 13:44
The only aircraft officially known as "White Knight" without any other attributes belongs to Scaled Composites and looks, typically, like more-or-less nothing else. But they just might take forever to cover 7 miles.
Scaled Composites: SpaceShipOne (http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/)
some pictures are here (http://www.richard-seaman.com/Aircraft/AirShows/SpaceShipOne2004/).
As far as I know, the WN is occasionally leased to companies needing it for research&development activities. But whatever it might want at STN of all places, I can't fathom. Nor does it really match your description. Hope someone else knows better.
29th May 2012, 13:47
We (midlands) get the odd "whiteknight" callsign come in occaisionally. They use a DA42 twinstar with yellow winglets and tailets.
I'm afraid beyond that, I cant help with who the operator is; it is civilian though.
Callsign White Night
3SDL wins contract to provide Airborne ISTAR Service in support of British Army training (http://www.3sdl.com/blog/post/3SDL-wins-contract-to-provide-Airborne-ISTAR-Service-in-support-of-British-Army-training.aspx)
29th May 2012, 16:45
3SDL is pleased to announce that we have been selected as the winner of a UK MoD contract to provide ...... and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) emulation in support of 2 major live exercises later this year.Which, I guess, means an aircraft with a pilot.
29th May 2012, 18:30
Ah thanks. It was v early in the morning and still dark.
29th May 2012, 21:08
White Knight is the ICAO registered telephony callsign of Gamston based Diamond Executive Aviation, AOC 2339, three letter code WKT, operator of DA42s
30th May 2012, 10:21
Spittoon, that really is a hilarious bit of topsy-turvey doublespeak, isn't it?
In this age of advanced technology the MoD, who are using UAVs to emulate manned aircraft are employing manned aircraft to "emulate" UAVs in exercises...
I thought they were supposed to have - er - UAVs to do that?
Pure Alice in Wonderland!
Coincidentally, I came across a "White Knight" callsign in the flesh today. It was what appeared to be a PPL and friends in an old C172.
1st Jun 2012, 18:55
Here be the "Black Knight"..