View Full Version : Unexpected visitor over the Clee Hills, Worcestershire

18th Aug 2008, 18:05
Hi all
Saw something interesting on sunday, thought i would post pictures.
I was at a local car hill climb in worcestershire. Lunch break was on for an hour. Around the area we normally get some interesting military helis and jets flying over. I herd a faint roar of a jet engine, very quiet though, had my camera with me too as i was off to photograph the cars and managed to get 2 snaps of it, apologies for the quality, as it was heavily zoomed in. could barely make it out with the naked eye. There was another one following close behind.




18th Aug 2008, 18:18
You didn't see it, right? . . . .

Gloucestershire Weapons Inspectors - how to spot a B-2 stealth bomber (http://www.cynatech.co.uk/gwi/B2-spotting.htm)

18th Aug 2008, 19:13
I may as well come clean, I guess it's only a matter of time before it hits the papers anyway.

What you photographed was in fact 2 heavily modified hang gliders on an out and return to the Long Mynd. The club has been commissioned by a number very overstreched air forces (they lent us some bits) to assess the viability of providing an illusion of greater airframe numbers for in theatre.

The noise was courtesy of small but powerful stereo units on nicads and the speed is not a problem with modern HG designs.

We were in fact quite low and slow which can gave the impression of high and fast through haze and on zoom.

It all seems to have worked.



18th Aug 2008, 19:28
There's a paraglider hogging the lift-band right in front of the first one. :}:p

Beatriz Fontana
18th Aug 2008, 19:38
Oh you lucky thing! I've not seen one of those flying for ages....

Uh oh, black car pulled up outside...

tony draper
18th Aug 2008, 19:49
Load of borrix, thing like that would never gerroff the ground.:rolleyes:

18th Aug 2008, 22:19
Any self-respecting shed owner would instantly recognise it as a framing square with an ergonomic hand grip.

18th Aug 2008, 22:32
So, it's on the square, is it?

DX Wombat
18th Aug 2008, 22:59
..... Clee Hills, Worcestershire
:confused: :confused: :confused: Who moved the Clee Hills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clee_Hills)? When I flew past them a couple of weeks ago they were still very firmly located in SHROPSHIRE and they still appeared to be in the same place when I drove home yesterday. Brown Clee Hill:
Titterstone Clee Hill
Good for you being able to capture those photos. :)

18th Aug 2008, 23:07
Sorry, yeh they are in the Shropshire. Geography was never my strong point...
Where we were, there was a friend of my dad's who has a light air craft license, he thought that it was flying over the early warning radar establishment on the Clee.

DX Wombat
18th Aug 2008, 23:11
Geography was never my strong point...
Never mind, photography isn't mine and you have sharp eyesight to have seen those two aircraft. :ok:

tony draper
18th Aug 2008, 23:17
It's ok, the cousins were prolly lost as well. :rolleyes:

18th Aug 2008, 23:20
thats the thing, it only seemed visible for a bit, when it got to a certain point, it just seemed to vanish, mush have been the angle it was at. Certainly was taken back. Its certainly the only time ive ever said to a mate "look, a stealth bomber!!" there was only one couple that herd me and looked at it. Pleased i had just bought a new zoom lense too, Using it to get some good pictures of a spitfire fly past

19th Aug 2008, 01:20
It's ok, the cousins were prolly lost as well

They thought they were heading for South Ossetia, but were being vectored to South Ossett instead. :p

19th Aug 2008, 01:50
Would have liked to see one of these. YB-49


19th Aug 2008, 01:54
It was swamp gas.....

nothing to see here, move along.

Standard Noise
19th Aug 2008, 05:17
Would explain why our Clee Hill feed has been a bit dodgy recently.:eek:

Windy Militant
19th Aug 2008, 10:00
Me Bruv tried to video one at the Fairford regatta a few years ago. The results were quite nauseating when played back, every time the thing turned head on to us the video camera lost lock and the auto focus went bananas trying to find something to film. :\

19th Aug 2008, 10:28
auto focus went bananas trying to find something to film.

Now that is clever technology, not quite as ingenious as The Daleks; who moved planet earth.

Must get signed up for Mr Drapers Temporal Tours, this the only way to know what will happen next.

Buster Hyman
19th Aug 2008, 11:25
the video camera lost lock and the auto focus went bananas trying to find something to film
So, what you're saying is that the Septics spent billions developing something that my Missus can do every time she uses a camera???

DX Wombat
19th Aug 2008, 11:37
So your wife is the one the local Health Authority paid all that money to for those badly out of focus photos of leaves and things! :*

19th Aug 2008, 13:18
In the days of my youf around Whitchurch, Bristol, one was used to Brabazon and Princess Flying Boat flyovers, but one day a B36 flew over at low altitude, relatively quietly, rather like yon stealthy thing.

Damn impressive. No Kodak brownie to hand, so no piccies.

Standard Noise
19th Aug 2008, 14:57
So, what you're saying is that the Septics spent billions developing something that my Missus can do every time she uses a camera???

Haaaa, haaa, I think I've ruptured something.

tony draper
19th Aug 2008, 15:27
Yer, that was a ten pointer.:ok:

19th Aug 2008, 22:22
Nah this is what you saw...! Tacit Blue (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1042/1044675296_f12a16a008.jpg?v=0):E

19th Aug 2008, 22:30
I built that in me shed I did. For some reason I didn't get any credit for building it. :(

(Course I wasn't about to fly the goofy looking piece of junk either.)

By the by, who really did build that, er, hum, machine? Northrop?

19th Aug 2008, 22:47
Hi mate, Yeh, think it was Northrop

19th Aug 2008, 23:06
Yup, it was Northrup and was quite an important technology demonstrator too, leading not only to directly to the B2 bomber, but also to the J-Star aircraft (the radar). For bedtime reading....

The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber (http://www.vectorsite.net/avb2.html)

Northrop Tacit Blue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_Tacit_Blue)


Standard Noise
20th Aug 2008, 14:40
Looks more like an unfinished Airfix model.