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Unannounced French Incursion into UK airspace?

Old 3rd Mar 2022, 21:50
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Unannounced French Incursion into UK airspace?

To lighten the mood.

While idly looking at ADS-B Exchange this afternoon I noticed the highly unusual sight of a Typhoon near me. On investigation Q000002/ZJ950 was pootling along at @260 knots in close proximity to and with little vertical separation from a French Air and Space Force TBM-700 (147) the Typhoon escorted the intruder to mid-channel before opening the taps and turning west to close with ZZ336/TARTAN49 aka BorisOne (ZJ950 vanished from the screen over Portland). The Voyager had transferred from a towline off the Wash did one oval track over the Channel off Dorset/Hampshire before returning to station over the North Sea. The French aircraft had penetrated somewhere east of Plymouth done a loop north of Birmingham and then headed South, the Typhoon had followed the same track from Birmingham.

Any rumours, plausible explanations or actual facts?
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At the same time as the Typhoon was following the FAF TBM across the southern counties towards the south coast, there was another FAF TBM that took took off from Marham and headed across UK.
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Nothing to see, move along. NATO aircraft doing NATO things. Sometimes OAPs need to realise 1960s was 60 years ago.
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It was just QRA training.
I understand the TBM was simulating an A320 from BryanAir.

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Aircraft from friendly country intercepts aircraft from friendly country. Meanwhile......
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Inter-operational training sorties? no, can't be anything that simple could it?
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There was a TBM at Edinburgh the other day
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I heard it too - intercept was more or less directly over EGBB. Did make me look up from the desk, though a shame that it was so cloudy.

Those S-bends to intercept - presumably to slow down quickly - look fun. And probably explain the noise!

Interesting aircraft - what have you seen on your computer today?
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Originally Posted by Consol View Post
Aircraft from friendly country intercepts aircraft from friendly country. Meanwhile......
Friendly?
The French?
They still remember Agincourt.

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Probably just a mirage....
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Originally Posted by jolihokistix View Post
Probably just a mirage....


I see what you did there.

.. Well, I think I saw what you did.
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Originally Posted by jolihokistix View Post
Probably just a mirage....
Could be an Illyushin there too.
Oi'll get me coat.
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
Friendly?
The French?
They still remember Agincourt.
That is spelled "Azincourt", and only the brits remember it, as a recollection of their past glory. The French chose to forget, and remember Austerlitz instead.
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Originally Posted by fab777 View Post
That is spelled "Azincourt", and only the brits remember it, as a recollection of their past glory. The French chose to forget, and remember Austerlitz instead.
Austerlitz? I am a little more modern and tend to remember D-Day when we bailed the French out of the poo
;-)
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Originally Posted by SATCOS WHIPPING BOY View Post
Austerlitz? I am a little more modern and tend to remember D-Day when we bailed the French out of the poo
;-)
They remember that, too, and celebrate it each year since then.

Edit to add: with gratefulness.
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Thumbs up

Originally Posted by fab777 View Post
They remember that, too, and celebrate it each year since then.

Edit to add: with gratefulness.
Indeed
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[QUOTE=fab777;11194439]That is spelled "Azincourt", and only the brits remember it, as a recollection of their past glory. The French chose to forget, and remember Austerlitz instead.[/QUOTE

Really ? They recently spent significant sums updating the museum they maintain at the battle-field..

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47427608
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Originally Posted by fab777 View Post
They remember that, too, and celebrate it each year since then.

Edit to add: with gratefulness.
Which celebrations are those ? I don't see any in my commune and there are plenty of others celebrated including the Algerian war.

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Originally Posted by fab777 View Post
That is spelled "Azincourt", and only the brits remember it, as a recollection of their past glory. The French chose to forget, and remember Austerlitz instead.
It may be spelt that way in some places but for most of the world it's 'Agincourt'.
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
It may be spelt that way in some places but for most of the world it's 'Agincourt'.
But it is spelt Azincourt at the site of the battle and that must carry some weight
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