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Interesting aircraft - what have you seen today?

Old 1st Jan 2021, 17:31
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At max payload range reduced to 2200 miles, wouldn't quite make Gander.
Some of the prevailing winds at altitude this time of the year would make a Westbound aircraft already pushing their range/endurance limits an uncomfortable experience surely.

Looking at the Windy website recently has shown somewhat extreme winds over the Atlantic (100kts. and more) mostly west to east.

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Old 2nd Jan 2021, 20:57
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A couple of subsequent track segments on FR24 earlier today, so clearly it didn't fall out the sky into the sea.

My money is still on a stopover at Gander.

Noted southbound over the Windward Islands in the early hours of this morning with the same flight number, level at FL240, possibly bound for Port-of-Spain or somewhere in Venezuela. Northbound about six hours later, again heading roughly in the direction of Newfoundland.
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 10:43
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I presume this return is a paraglider enjoying a spot of slope-soaring along the scarp slope of the South Downs...


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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 16:19
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UR-KDM AN12BK just droning overhead Didcot, heading for Dublin.
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AN-12 UR-CGW coming back the other way, coasting into Wales just south of St Davids - doesn't appear to have stopped at Shannon and if it holds its course should pass over London in half an hour or so.
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 19:37
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AN-12 UR-CGW coming back the other way, coasting into Wales just south of St Davids - doesn't appear to have stopped at Shannon and if it holds its course should pass over London in half an hour or so.

​​​​​Just droned over LHR, FL270
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 19:40
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Lovely deep drone, I nipped outside as he passed over LHR and got the full symphony! Dare I say that it sounds so much better than the A400!
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 20:35
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Ditto! Nothing better sound-wise, except perhaps the AN-22!
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 21:25
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Somewhat wonky plot on FR24, but initial position/track is again consistent with a Gander tech stop. Now just approaching the Czech border, presumably positioning empty back home to Kyiv.

If the outbound destination from SVG was POS, it seems likely that its cargo was oil/gas related.
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Old 4th Jan 2021, 03:08
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Happened to have a Great view of an aircraft overhead in Perth Western Australia.
It was was a Qatar A350-1041 flying almost directly overhead on a 5 mile final at 1500 feet.(According to flight radar it was “ brand new “).
What a truly majestic sight it was , seemed to be almost hanging in the air and so quiet.
Such a beautiful looking machine as well , one of the nicest looking around today.
I have traveled on the A350-900 fortunately in Business Class and it was probably the most comfortable flight have ever had .(A380 was very close )
Extremely quiet in a very spacious cabin and fabulous seats (CX) .
This aeroplane sure is a big winner for Airbus.
Cant wait to have the pleasure of flying on it again one day when the dreaded COVID is controlled which unfortunately will take quite a while .
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Old 4th Jan 2021, 13:40
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Big Bell (412 ?) heli 4 blader, just gone low over Bicester airfield East - West, just came back, flying around within airfield, now gone - Westwards ?????. any ideas any body
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Old 4th Jan 2021, 22:01
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Originally Posted by RodH View Post
Happened to have a Great view of an aircraft overhead in Perth Western Australia.
It was was a Qatar A350-1041 flying almost directly overhead on a 5 mile final at 1500 feet.(According to flight radar it was ď brand new ď).
What a truly majestic sight it was , seemed to be almost hanging in the air and so quiet.
Such a beautiful looking machine as well , one of the nicest looking around today.
I have traveled on the A350-900 fortunately in Business Class and it was probably the most comfortable flight have ever had .(A380 was very close )
Extremely quiet in a very spacious cabin and fabulous seats (CX) .
This aeroplane sure is a big winner for Airbus.
Cant wait to have the pleasure of flying on it again one day when the dreaded COVID is controlled which unfortunately will take quite a while .
The Q Suite on the Qatar A350-1000 is the best passenger experience I have had. It is the only time Iíve ever been served with chips on an aeroplane.

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Old 5th Jan 2021, 09:19
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Eh up lad, you obviously haven't flown with Yorkshire Airlines!

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Old 5th Jan 2021, 11:10
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~ 12.00 Airbus A400M ZM407 ~ 31000 feet out of Brize nice, loud W>E similar to a 09L approach LHR. Could not see only hear through grey clouds fairly loud... TFC
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 11:12
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Nay lad, but it's 'ardly mushy peas in't newspaper
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 11:46
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~ 12.00 Airbus A400M ZM407 ~ 31000 feet out of Brize nice, loud W>E similar to a 09L approach LHR. Could not see only hear through grey clouds fairly loud... TFC
Yup, it rattled me fillings as it passed over here...
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 12:02
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There are a lot of things better than it, but there's nothing quite like it, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde (I think). The A400 acoustic is definitely individual and today's was really loud.
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 17:40
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We get A400s on a regular basis here in South Somerset. They seem to be heading to/from Yeovilton and the cynic in me has been wondering why they seem to go to Yeovilton about 1100hrs and return about 1400hrs. Lunch anyone?! The sound is absolutely unique but back in the 50s/60s living in west London the Viscounts and Vanguards were pretty unique as well.
The other thing we get occasionally are C-130s but they are usually on low level training and disappear behind hills rather quickly!
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 21:03
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Wink RAF A400M & C-17A same , opposite route today, similar time

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Yup, it rattled me fillings as it passed over here...
Yes I agree the sound of the A400M is unique and the Viscounts etc props from Heathrow etc. 50's 60's 70's - if you watch films based filmed , around or near LHR from this time 50-70's you can hear these aircraft sometimes in the background ( thanks sound engineer )
NOTE at the same time, 12.00, as I was listening to the A400M @ Bracknell [ not Packhams Birds - sorry Chris ] , ZZ171 - Boeing C-17A Globemaster III was taking off from AKT Akrotiri, Cyprus where the A400M was heading. ZZ171 Globemaster landed at Brize just after 4.30pm. Same route , I could NOT be bothered to work out where they passed and waggled wings , less patience today, Lockdown III Day 1 ? , thanks Boris ...TFC
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 21:25
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That UR-CGW is a busy lad. Currently droning westbound across Lincolnshire at 21000...

Yep, the Dart's sound was pretty distinctive, my mind can still hear BIA Heralds starting and taxying at Gatwick, also 1-11s had a pretty distinctive start up sound.

If you really want a good turboprop sound though, the AN-22 is hard to beat in this day and age - probably the Tu-95 as well.
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