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Interesting aircraft - what have you seen today?

Old 15th Oct 2020, 14:10
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Two Ukrainian AN-26s out of Brum just rumbled over here in short order...
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Old 15th Oct 2020, 18:27
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Over the Tissington Trail ( old Ashbourne to Buxton railway track) South Derbyshire 1515 today - BBMF Lancaster low, heading North. Superb sight and sound
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Old 16th Oct 2020, 07:58
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BAW9170.... A380 arriving very soon at LHR from Manilla. Presumable from maintenance? Can't see that there would be a huge demand for passenger traffic between these 2 locations at the moment, but what a long way to go for maintenance. I'd have thought that Cardiff was a lot closer
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Old 16th Oct 2020, 08:14
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No-doubt a heavy check, so more man-hours needed, so the bean counters worked out it was more economic to have it done in Manila. As BA is a Spanish company now, the thought of having Mx done in the UK to support and employ skilled UK tradespersons (thus underpining the client base in some way) isn't high on the list of priorities.
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That's madness - effect on the environment for one thing.... and presumably the crew have to be flown back to the UK after the plane was flown out there for the work to be done, and then another crew flown out to bring the A380 back on completion of maintenance.
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Old 16th Oct 2020, 08:26
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I'm not au fait with the costs of servicing large aircraft, but I'd imagine the cost of crews and fuel would be but a blip on the total costs, even if it's irrational.
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Old 16th Oct 2020, 08:51
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BA has been sending A380s to Lufthansa Technik in Manila for the last 4 years.

Spending millions on equipping Cardiff to do heavy checks on the type, with little prospect of third-party work, would make no sense.
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Old 17th Oct 2020, 13:08
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Jet Provost fuselarge and wings spotted on a low loader on the M4 yesterday afternoon heading for Wales by the look of it.
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Old 21st Oct 2020, 09:48
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Just noticed on ADS, a Global Hawk over the eastern Baltic states and closer to home an Israeli B707 out of Prestwick heading SE over Lancashire.
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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 11:44
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12:40 BST out of Blackbushe
@ south Bracknell, W-East 1000 feet nice view (H500) MD Helicopters MD 500
REGISTRATION N124PD Heading into London via Thorpe, looks great in dark blue near black and sounds great..
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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 12:29
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Originally Posted by TheFrenchConnection View Post
12:40 BST out of Blackbushe
@ south Bracknell, W-East 1000 feet nice view (H500) MD Helicopters MD 500
REGISTRATION N124PD Heading into London via Thorpe, looks great in dark blue near black and sounds great..
See post #639
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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 14:25
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U-2 coming across the channel, currently just off Worthing, 36000 descending. Inbound Fairford (?) from Cyprus area...

Ooops, originally posted on wrong thread! Feet dry over Worthing and into Fairford. Not an every day sight in Sussex I imagine...
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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 15:13
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Antonov AN-74 at Birmingham (UR-74026). Very rare sight on these shores - strange aircraft with large engines mounted on top of the wings, presumably to prevent ingress of stones and dirt when operating off rough strips.
This one brought in a Ukranian football team to play Leicester City tonight and is due out to Zaporizhia tomorrow at 1500 local

Close-ups of the interior of this aircraft at 4:53 of this video which shows some amazing,derelict old Soviet aircraft
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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 19:56
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About 20 years ago Channel Express (now Jet 2) had an AN74 reg. ES-NOB on lease for cargo charters. Not so rare in those days.
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Old 23rd Oct 2020, 20:33
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Noticed several Canadian Armed Forces aircraft landing at Gatwick recently, an A310 tonight. Have they still been regulars in the last couple of decades? Not noticed them on the ADSB sites so far as I recall. I know back in the 1970s and '80s CC-109s, CC-130s and CC-137s were in several times a week, at least when I was there which wasn't very often!

And another of the A-310s on approach into Stansted - a two pronged attack!

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Old 23rd Oct 2020, 21:15
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Noticed several Canadian Armed Forces aircraft landing at Gatwick recently, an A310 tonight. Have they still been regulars in the last couple of decades? Not noticed them on the ADSB sites so far as I recall. I know back in the 1970s and '80s CC-109s, CC-130s and CC-137s were in several times a week, at least when I was there which wasn't very often!

And another of the A-310s on approach into Stansted - a two pronged attack!
You're correct about Gatwick in the 70's 80's

CC-109 Gatwick
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Old 23rd Oct 2020, 21:41
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A mental flashback says they were Tuesday and Friday flights...? Far as I recall Solingen was the only Canadian base over here, CF-104s and lafter CF-18s?
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 06:33
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A mental flashback says they were Tuesday and Friday flights...? Far as I recall Solingen was the only Canadian base over here, CF-104s and lafter CF-18s?
From 1972 to 1991, Canadian Armed Forces (as it was then) operated a base at Lahr. While predominantly hosting Army units, it was also home to 444 Squadron flying the CH-136 Kiowa.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 11:23
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Oh yes, I'd forgotten the Kiowas. Used to see them at Greenham Common and so on. I imagine Yukons would have been regular visitors in the 60s and perhaps North Stars? Good to see they are RCAF, RCN, etc again, I kind of like the division of responsibility!
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Old 25th Oct 2020, 09:32
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Noticed several Canadian Armed Forces aircraft landing at Gatwick recently, an A310 tonight. Have they still been regulars in the last couple of decades?

And another of the A-310s on approach into Stansted - a two pronged attack!
These actual A310s were daily regulars into Gatwick 30-35 years ago, as the RCAF ones are the old Wardair fleet, used for their last couple of years until Canadian Airlines took them over. Canadian then sold them on to the military. One of them has a VIP fitout and has always been sent over whenever The Queen visits Canada.
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