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Mil MI-8 over South Croydon...

Old 8th Jul 2018, 11:15
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Mil MI-8 over South Croydon...

Rather unusual, what I think was an MI-8 or MI-17 just passed over Purley/South Croydon heading NE. Think it was sandy brown but a bit difficult to tell as it was silhouetted against the sky... any clues please as to who/what/why? Possibly in connection with RIAT but isn't it a bit early and heading the wrong way ?

Have to say, it was beautifully quiet compared with the Squirrels, Dauphins and A109s that are the usual fling wing fare over here.

Also noted a Russian registered R66 fizzing past yesterday.
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Old 8th Jul 2018, 11:21
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One of each owned by Aces High at Dunsfold.
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Old 8th Jul 2018, 12:08
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Nothing to do with Aces High, as their Russian helicopter is not airworthy.

Tredigraph -: What you saw was 21(White) Mil 8 MTV-1 of the Lithuanian A/F on it`s way home from Yeovilton airshow.
The Russian R66 was going to Denham
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Old 8th Jul 2018, 13:23
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Thanks, 'PK, that is an unusual sight then! I did notice a Lithuanian AF C-27 outbound Yeovilton about the same time - it went the other way on Friday, heard it pass over the top, also a German Navy P-3... couldn't see either. ADSB could though!

Don't know that I've ever seen an MI-8 before, they weren't common in Western skies when I was a spotter and I haven't been to RIAT in 20 years.

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Old 8th Jul 2018, 13:44
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Also noted a Russian registered R66 fizzing past yesterday.
I noticed that one flying over Herts last week and wondered to myself how it was possible for a Russian private helicopter to be based and operated in the UK ?
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I noticed that one flying over Herts last week and wondered to myself how it was possible for a Russian private helicopter to be based and operated in the UK ?
Ditto. Had me thinking the very same!
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Old 12th Jul 2018, 10:52
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It's been around for a while, I'm sure that I've seen it on flights trackers over the last 2-3 years.
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