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Interesting aircraft - what have you seen today?

Old 18th Nov 2020, 10:31
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G-OSRA

G-OSRA, a Oil Spill Response Boeing 727, is flying low-level off Bridlington out of Doncaster. Hope it's just training
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Old 20th Nov 2020, 15:34
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Pair of Italian Army Do228s into Brize Norton this afternoon... Looking at Fighter Control they seem to have been in several times this month...
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Old 21st Nov 2020, 20:23
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Not interesting but I noticed the strobes of a FedEx aircraft clipping along eastwards at 35000 this evening - certainly looked pretty fast and Flight Tracker suggested it was doing around 550kts. In contrast, westbound stuff is dawdling at around 400 - 430kts! Presumably the jetstream or some other form of serious upper wind is at play. Never noticed it before...
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Old 21st Nov 2020, 22:11
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Not interesting but I noticed the strobes of a FedEx aircraft clipping along eastwards at 35000 this evening - certainly looked pretty fast and Flight Tracker suggested it was doing around 550kts. In contrast, westbound stuff is dawdling at around 400 - 430kts! Presumably the jetstream or some other form of serious upper wind is at play. Never noticed it before...
The FDX 777F that went east at FL370 just after 7 pm was showing a groundspeed of 564 kts and a TAS of 476 kts (271 KIAS), so nearly a 90 kt tailwind component at altitude.
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Old 22nd Nov 2020, 06:51
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90kts is nothing unusual, its when you get 150kts plus that you really move. Best I remember was 607kts GS with about 460kts TAS
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Old 22nd Nov 2020, 10:44
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607kts? Bloody hell, that's nearly 700mph! Certainly the FedEx's strobes seemed to be zipping along - I thought it was much lower than it was. Think it was the one DRUK has mentioned, time is about right.

I was a passenger in a C150 once arriving in the circuit over Popham - we seemed to be shifting a bit with 100 on the ASI and I commented on it; mein Kapitan replied "oops, just remembered they've replaced the ASI with one that's knots rather than MPH..."
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Old 23rd Nov 2020, 07:42
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New Cessna Caravan N2055A crossing the Channel out of Blackpool, apparently owned by Africair of Miami who are Cessna/Bell distributors - presumably on delivery to a customer... Got a belly pack - I recall when I was a kid in Kenya in 1970 most C182/C185/C180/C206 had belly packs - something I can't ever recall seeing in the UK, though I have seen a pic of a British 337 sporting one in the early 70s. Speaks of bush flying to me.... I can smell the elephant dung!
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Old 23rd Nov 2020, 09:14
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Reportedly en route to MAF, possibly in Kenya.
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Old 23rd Nov 2020, 09:36
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New Cessna Caravan N2055A crossing the Channel out of Blackpool, apparently owned by Africair of Miami who are Cessna/Bell distributors - presumably on delivery to a customer... Got a belly pack - I recall when I was a kid in Kenya in 1970 most C182/C185/C180/C206 had belly packs - something I can't ever recall seeing in the UK, though I have seen a pic of a British 337 sporting one in the early 70s. Speaks of bush flying to me.... I can smell the elephant dung!
Better than growing up in Croydon ;-)

I suppose the only area of the UK where it might make sense to have belly packs would be serving the Highlands and Islands of Bonny Scotland, but who knows, maybe in the future when Amazon are using drones to deliver their wares, the belly packed Cessnas will be the white van man of the air :-)
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Old 24th Nov 2020, 11:17
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Apparently a good part of the Swiss AF has been flying over the UK today headed to RAF Leeming for some exercise. Perhaps some of the other ppruners saw them in the flesh ?
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Old 24th Nov 2020, 12:12
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Welsh Air Ambulance - Airbus H145 Returning to Wales

Approx 12:55 Airbus Helicopter H145 [ HLE67 ] G-WOBR fab. view @ ~ 1200 feet East-West , over Bracknell East Berkshire , in red, green obviously.
Noticed that is has doubled height ~ 2300 feet over Reading , then at 1800 feet over West Berkshire
Assume it has come from the Royal London Hospital - London
I always spare a thought for the patient. With a trauma that serious , can't be dealt with in Wales - bit of a haul
Saw this a couple of times on the same route , during the Welsh Lockdown, earlier in the month..
At last, a decent day again for spotting , if your outside, after a few grey days ...
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Old 24th Nov 2020, 12:25
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Hi SHJ, yes starts today for about 3.5 weeks F-18 Hornets etc. like last year ..
From the RAF Leeming Twitter feed :
" There will be increased air movement for an exercise taking place 24 Nov to 18 December 2020.
The Station will be hosting a detachment of Swiss aircraft.
Low flying for short periods may be necessary, along with exercising at night.
Please note the viewing area is closed."
ALSO there a short article on this here ;
https://www.darlingtonandstocktontim...n-raf-leeming/
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Old 24th Nov 2020, 15:50
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Ref: Treadgraph 21st Nov 2020, 21:23 post FedEx 777F speed East - Jetstream :
I love this sort of stuff, looking at the weather archive from that day / time , within a couple of hours.
FedEx was enjoying a tailwind of around 200 kts + ( green colour ) the Jetstream ,
while TAS had to battle this @ altitude. Stay Safe all ... TFC.


Jetstream position , near the time of Treadgraphs original , interesting post.
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Old 24th Nov 2020, 16:48
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Originally Posted by TheFrenchConnection View Post
FedEx was enjoying a tailwind of around 200 kts + ( green colour ) the Jetstream ,
Strange - my trusty old Dalton computor reckons that if you have a tailwind of 200 kts, your groundspeed will be 200 kts more than your TAS.

Maybe it's broken.
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Old 24th Nov 2020, 16:52
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SWISS AF RAF LEEMING ( SpingHeeledJack )
Hi SHJ, yes starts today for about 3.5 weeks F-18 Hornets etc. like last year ..
From the RAF Leeming Twitter feed :
" There will be increased air movement for an exercise taking place 24 Nov to 18 December 2020.
The Station will be hosting a detachment of Swiss aircraft.
Low flying for short periods may be necessary, along with exercising at night.
Please note the viewing area is closed."
ALSO there a short article on this here ;
https://www.darlingtonandstocktontim...n-raf-leeming/
Thanks for that link TFC, I did wonder why on earth the Swiss AF would need to schlep across to the UK for an exercise, as the topography in Der Schweiz is particularly challenging. Night flying due to nose issues and risk of avalanches is the reason, which makes good sense.
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Old 25th Nov 2020, 18:38
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
Strange - my trusty old Dalton computer reckons that if you have a tailwind of 200 kts, your groundspeed will be 200 kts more than your TAS.

Maybe it's broken.
Dalton computer calculation ? Probably not broken ... Only if FedEx was in the green area of the jetstream chart at the time , may of been skimming @ altitude between the green area and the blue , who knows

- I'll check it with my similar Dreieckrechner flight calculator ?
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Old 27th Nov 2020, 12:41
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Originally Posted by medod View Post
G-OSRA, a Oil Spill Response Boeing 727, is flying low-level off Bridlington out of Doncaster. Hope it's just training
G-OSRA flew overhead my garden in Oxfordshire yesterday heading North-west. Nice red/white colour scheme and I always liked the 727.
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Old 30th Nov 2020, 12:54
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Is this an AN-12 I hear above me?
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Old 30th Nov 2020, 13:01
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Is this an AN-12 I hear above me?
Yes, I heard it too just now, and was distracted from my "working at home" ! There have also been two An-24s overhead on the same track within the last couple of hours. Unfortunately they are as ever at about 20,000ft and the cloudbase today is shrouding the Canary Wharf high rises.
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Old 30th Nov 2020, 13:23
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Missed even hearing the AN-24s. Can see 'em on ADSB, 26s UR-CQD and E heading into eastern Europe. 12 is UR-CGW, on a more south-easterly heading just passing Lille. All out of Brum...
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