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Taranis Drone at Woomera

Old 6th Feb 2014, 09:55
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Taranis Drone at Woomera

Taranis drone: Britain's $336m supersonic unmanned aircraft launched over Woomera - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Who wants to guess what the chase plane is. Look for the shadow at the end of the Vid.
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Old 6th Feb 2014, 10:21
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Guessing a BAE Hawk.

Edit: on second thoughts, possibly a Eurofighter, but what is that doing here?
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Old 6th Feb 2014, 11:00
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They used an Australian Lear for the chase plane for the first flights at Woomera some years ago. We had to go inside whenever it came out of the hangar, so I never saw the UAV.
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Old 6th Feb 2014, 18:44
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Profile not right for a hawk or eurofighter. At first glance it looks like a 2 seat F-16....or something similar.
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Old 6th Feb 2014, 20:11
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The poster behind the interview with the mission commander shown further down the ABC link shows a Typhoon (Eurofighter). This, however, may be a staged photo but the shadow in the video does have some similarity.
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Old 6th Feb 2014, 20:19
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I always wondered if this would ever be explained.

Now I know.
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Old 6th Feb 2014, 21:29
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I Suspect it is a Sia Marchetti SM211 on loan from someone in SA and flown by a British Air Force Test Pilot call Paul...

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Old 6th Feb 2014, 22:35
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I'll second that, Dexta. Looks a lot like a Sia Marchetti SM211.
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