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US Navy E6A Circling Uk

Old 30th Apr 2011, 20:19
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US Navy E6A Circling Uk

Does anyone know why a US Navy E6A would be circling the Uk?



Important military visit?
Nver seen it before.



Edited to include callsign : GOTO FMS
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Old 30th Apr 2011, 20:48
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Yes. Waltair's sightseeing tour of the uk
on the other hand..........

some things are best left unsaid
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Old 30th Apr 2011, 22:33
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Old 1st May 2011, 05:49
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The E6's always come up on the radar tracking boxes with callsign GOTO FMS....actual callsign on the one yesterday was IRON 18

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Old 1st May 2011, 06:38
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Can't believe it's a high security flight as it shows on ADS-B. It's being discussed on various forums, including here:
SBS-1 Mode-S / ADSB Virtual Radar : User Forum • View topic - US Navy E6 Mercury!
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Old 1st May 2011, 08:18
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I was under the impression only PlanePlotter could pick up military flights at the moment?
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Old 1st May 2011, 09:37
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Even the PlaneFinder app on my iPhone showed it. I wandered out into the garden in time to see it pass overhead at 25,000' just before dusk.

Nice to see a 707 in the sky again. Even one with CFM engines!

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Old 1st May 2011, 10:18
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Most military aircraft, and a fair few others, do not transmit their location and so most websites cannot plot them. Planeplotter is clever and uses a process called multilateration to 'find' and plot the non-location transmitting aircraft. This means that you do not miss the interesting aircraft like the KC135 (63-8040 RCH172) that has just gone over my house on the way to Europe.

However, the E6 does transmit its location and has done for the last few years. Why this occurs I do not know but it does make seeing it so much easier.

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Old 1st May 2011, 10:52
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Also the subject of discussion here: Radarspotters

Some good photos as well.
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Old 1st May 2011, 11:55
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Sure they are not lost, looking for Libya...
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Old 1st May 2011, 14:10
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come on do keep up chaps ! We're off to findhorn bay now @ 26000 after the turn its then flip of a coin over mountains for either IOM or north wales .
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Old 1st May 2011, 14:22
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Old thread from 2009 and some fun about callsign

GOTO FMS
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Old 1st May 2011, 14:51
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Must like the nice weather as she is coming around again. Heading south over BFS as I type.

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Old 1st May 2011, 19:29
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Just come right past me in Derbyshire and now heading north past Doncaster. Clear blue sky and the sun was in the perfect place. Fantastic.

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Old 3rd May 2011, 15:01
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Think they were looking or Bin Laden, but apparently he tipped up in Pakistan...
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Old 3rd May 2011, 20:29
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Night flight tonight
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Saw in on my RadarBox last night heading out of Mildenhall going north.
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