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Giant RAF plane spotted in skies above Edinburgh

Old 24th Jul 2020, 14:46
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Giant RAF plane spotted in skies above Edinburgh

Seriously?

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.c...nburgh-2923442
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Old 24th Jul 2020, 16:35
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It maintains the pathetic Media description of “Giant Hercules transport”. Traditional, innit?

One assumes the writers have only ever flown with EastJet or Ryanair, and have never been on a ‘big aeroplane’.
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Old 24th Jul 2020, 17:42
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'Giant RAF planes'

Reminds me of a story at Guetersloh in '74. American visitor sees his Belfast on the dispersal, 'Geez but that's a big plane' says he: quick witted Mover (yes they are out there) retorts ' Yes. but you should have seen the one that brought it in!'
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Old 24th Jul 2020, 18:07
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A bit like the question frequently asked at Cosford Museum. "Are any of these aircraft real, or are they all kits?" Reply is either "You should see the size of the box it came in" or "It was one hell of a tube of glue"
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Old 24th Jul 2020, 18:49
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I do like the apochryphal tale of the US Air Force crew chief on first seeing a Beverley:

"Build it yourself Mac?"

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Old 24th Jul 2020, 19:08
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If the writer thinks we have a giant RAF now, he should have seen it 60 or more years ago...

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Old 24th Jul 2020, 20:34
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Originally Posted by wub View Post
The regional newspapers/websites are full of this stuff.

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Well it was an A400 that was seen over Edinburgh and at 128 tons a bit bigger than a Hercules - I think.

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Old 24th Jul 2020, 22:36
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Originally Posted by Yellow Sun View Post
I do like the apochryphal tale of the US Air Force crew chief on first seeing a Beverley:

"Build it yourself Mac?"

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Same story when we saw the first Shorts 330....
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Old 24th Jul 2020, 23:30
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Ok, I stated this thread because I thought it was very poor journalism but as most threads go it has drifted. My favourite was the comment by the pilot assigned to fly the first Tacit Blue aircraft, who said “Did they forget to take it out of the crate?”.
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Originally Posted by TBM-Legend View Post
Same story when we saw the first Shorts 330....
And the Bristol Freighter,
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I did get to see the Antonov An-225 parked on the tarmac in Seattle once. Now THAT was a giant airplane. Missed seeing her takeoff though. I would have loved that !
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Originally Posted by wub View Post
Obviously practicing for when English personnel have to be evacuated from Scotland when Knickerless Sturgeon declares UDI.
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Old 25th Jul 2020, 07:56
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My favourite article of the genre, the famous Birmingham ghost ww2 Hercules

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/new...ghost-14468056
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Old 25th Jul 2020, 11:30
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We all know that to the media anything bigger than a Piper Cub is giant. I once paraphrased Douglas Adams on the subject when I mentioned the A380 in a Facebook post:

The A380 is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the back of the C-130 to the rear loading ramp, but that's just peanuts to the A380.
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giant RAF carrier plane
It would need a big aircraft carrier to land one on & there’s no arrestor hook...!
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Old 25th Jul 2020, 15:42
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It would need a big aircraft carrier to land one on & there’s no arrestor hook...!
Well, this giant Hercules had a hook for arresting :-

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Want the impossible? Get a Hercules.

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Old 25th Jul 2020, 18:16
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I did get to see the Antonov An-225 parked on the tarmac in Seattle once. Now THAT was a giant airplane. Missed seeing her takeoff though. I would have loved that !
When the An-225 came into Brize, they had to cut back trees outside the airfield!! (The wings overhung the fence!!!)

That yellow speck on the nose is a Totota Hilux!!!
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