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Interesting aircraft - what have you seen today?

Old 17th Dec 2020, 09:45
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Vistor to FAB \EGLF this morning POLISH106 0002 C\N5554 G550 Polish Air Force
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Old 17th Dec 2020, 14:56
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Irish Air Corps PC-9 zipped over me earlier - I could hear but not see it, despite a clear sky and some cirrus which I thought might have made it easier to see, but I guess a pretty small spec at about 25000' - an Air France B777 appeared to be below the cirrus at the same time. It seems to be returning home from Zurich or Stans. IAC PC-12 just crossing the Channel on the same route...
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Old 17th Dec 2020, 15:05
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RAF P-8 Poseidon now doing circuits at NCL
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Old 17th Dec 2020, 20:42
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Something big and noisy just flew overhead me near Abingdon, couldn't see it and nothing on Flightradar24.
Sounded quite low and "proppy" rather then "jetty" maybe towards Oxford?

Added: probably just a Herc heading to Brize actually now I think of it.
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Old 17th Dec 2020, 21:19
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Given a rough time and an approximate direction, should be easy enough to ID.
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Old 18th Dec 2020, 10:37
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Thursday 17/12 about 21.40hrs.
Flew over Didcot and sounded like heading due North and loud enough to be under 3000' I would say.
Definitely turboprop not jet. and if was a Hercules they don't often fly directly overhead. Usually only stuff inbound to Kidlington go overhead that low heading north.
Will probably turn out to be a bog standard C130 into Brize Norton on a slightly unusual path?
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Old 18th Dec 2020, 11:53
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Nice catch !

Royal Danish AF C-130J-30 B-536: https://myneighbourhood.emsbk.com/lh...btrak/50039423

I agree, probably inbound to Brize Norton.
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Old 18th Dec 2020, 13:04
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Thanx DaveReid vey interesting! Danish visitor then!
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Old 18th Dec 2020, 15:44
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Interesting that the Danish C-130 didn't show up on Flight Tracker last night - I noticed one beating up Spadeadam on a flying visit yesterday as did one earlier in the week as noted by somebody else a page or two back.
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Old 18th Dec 2020, 16:28
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The Danish C130 was at Spadeadam three times this week, same route inbound every time, straight across North Sea coast in at Amble.
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Old 18th Dec 2020, 17:07
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Interesting that the Danish C-130 didn't show up on Flight Tracker last night
Yes, that's strange - it was sending almost the full range of ADS-B and EHS parameters (except TAS), so it should have been easily plottable.

Departed Brize about 23:30, heading in a vaguely Danish direction: https://myneighbourhood.emsbk.com/lh...btrak/50039615
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Old 19th Dec 2020, 21:03
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Around 6.50am that morning at 1.9 magnitude brightest object in the sky

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Whilst out looking for shooting stars this morning near BHX, I saw a relatively slow moving (compared to, say, a satellite) but flashing object, moving roughly west to east, in the vicinity of the gemini constellation. ADS-B shows nothing at all in the area, including military. It could, i suppose, be a satellite but it definitely appeared to flash, and not just a 'white' light.

Can anyone shed any light?

EDIT: I guess a time would help - about 06:50
Looking at the brightest satellites that morning I would suggest that this is it :

Around 6.50am that morning at 1.9 magnitude brightest object in the sky, TFC.



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Old 21st Dec 2020, 07:34
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Ah, thanks - could well have been. I notice its a former satellite, which may explain the 'flashing' e.g. resulting from tumbling?
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Old 21st Dec 2020, 13:57
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Red face There are some more details on this Breeze Tank here, fascinating ..

Space is also fascinating , and normally a lot more expensive than Aviation , there are some more details on this here ;
https://spacenews.com/32825proton-fa...m-upper-stage/
This was another Russian failure unfortunately , they were going through a bit of bad luck at the time, look at the reds[
here , no pun, go to the lower half ;
[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briz_(rocket_stage)#Briz-K_and_Briz-KM
Another one to add to the list, this one live ( with fuel ) but safe we are told - perhaps Mr.Telsa, Elon Musk ? saw an opportunity

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Old 22nd Dec 2020, 12:09
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A Marchetti 260 is currently drawing a Christmas tree south of Douneray in Northern Scotland (13:08)
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Old 22nd Dec 2020, 13:41
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The finished article
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Old 22nd Dec 2020, 15:23
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Could at least have put a fairy on top.
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Old 22nd Dec 2020, 16:33
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Swordfish? Firefly?
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Old 22nd Dec 2020, 16:40
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A very good effort that!
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Old 23rd Dec 2020, 14:06
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Another U-2 coming home across the North Sea - 80-1083, I recall that batch when they were called TR-1s.

Not much British mil around this week, everybody hibernating for Covid/Christmas?
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