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Interesting aircraft - what have you seen today?

Old 8th Apr 2021, 15:14
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TFC, the ones SHJ is referring to are definitely private single homebuilts in their owners' houses - I've noticed two of them in recent days.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 15:47
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Thx TG-yes realised that from owners houseCURIOUS-just goingoffpiste-off on a tangent

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TFC, the ones SHJ is referring to are definitely private single homebuilts in their owners' houses - I've noticed two of them in recent days.
Thanks TG SHJ , yes realised that ; from owners house = CURIOUS , sorry just going off piste-off on a tangent ... from my observations recently , last couple of years ...
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 20:21
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Don't some of them do detective work from height , looking at garden house buildings etc. looking for people who live in these, out buildings[ thermal , heat sources ] - who should NOT live there , especially on cold clear frosty nights ..
Don't forget those ' warm ' cannabis factories also ...
As the technologies get better ..
Yes TFC, they're based at the home address, well 2 out of 3 were! There were trails when you zoomed in to the max, but just a few metres here and there caused by what I can't guess. Definitely suburban and not spacious properties either.

As to the planes using thermal scanners, they should try in the London borough of Hounslow, they might find thousands of 'garages' in people's gardens producing a lot of human thermal heat.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 21:44
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Noticed on FR24 a number of flights originating Islamabad to UK this evening to MAN, BHX, STN and LGW. Wamos A330's to MAN and STN, Jordan Aviation A330s to MAN, Enter Air B738s to BHX and LGW. Presumably connected to UK Government COVID restrictions which puts Pakistan on the red list from tomorrow April 9th.
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That's a few thousand people all told, You have to wonder what so many people were doing out of the country during a pandemic, accepting those on business or family bereavement purposes.
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Old 9th Apr 2021, 09:40
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If you need any Cobham Falcon 20s to fill in gaps in your log, there are at least seven keeping the RAF amused over the North Sea just now...

Every day is a school day - Lerwick is just about due north of Croydon, maybe west by a degree - I always thought it was a few degrees further west...
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Old 9th Apr 2021, 10:10
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Every day is a school day - Lerwick is just about due north of Croydon, maybe west by a degree - I always thought it was a few degrees further west...
Interestingly, most Brits seem to think (as I used to) that the country is oriented exactly north-south. I remember not believing my geography teacher when he said that in Edinburgh we were almost as far west as Exeter (until I confirmed it on a map).
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Old 9th Apr 2021, 10:23
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I remember a pre-smart phone debate with some friends while on the cliff tops at St Davids. I pointed out we were almost as far west as Penzance and was roundly denounced, until we returned to our cars and checked the road atlas! Closer to Truro but close enough... I'd say the big Chiverton Cross Roundabout on the A30 is just about on the same line of longitude.
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The delicious Miles Falcon G-AEEG and Cessna 195 G-BSPK are out for a bimble from Biggin... better weather than had been forecast so far today around here, though looks like we may still be in for a shower before dark.
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Volga Dnepr An-124 sneaking across London heading west...
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Old 10th Apr 2021, 20:06
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Volga Dnepr An-124 sneaking across London heading west...
Was too engrossed in a TV prog but heard something big passing overhead around 30 minutes ago.
Was indeed the AN-124 heading for Chicago.

And caught a yellow-ish Pitts Special passing overhead a couple of days ago, north to south if I recall.
It was straight and level, no aerobatics.

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Still never seen an E-4, though have come close twice - cloud/poor vis thwarted both occasions... so often the case when something interesting this way comes.

I see it's descending at the eastern end of the Med, track took it down across the western French coast and the SE toward Monaco.

Several hot air balloons airborne over Switzerland/Austria.
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17.40 BST cropped screenshot 3 x Pilatus USAF.
17.40 - Bit off piste - area from Berkshire , but over the North sea now, on F24, north of Norwich , THREE Pilatus PC12/47's two are def. UASF , in convoy at 28,000 feet heading 310 degrees
leading Pilatus ; N779PC out of Milan LIN. ( been there several times ) , just thought unusual , curious TFC
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Old 11th Apr 2021, 17:05
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18:00 BST out of Rota Naval Base Cadiz Spain - overhead Bracknell 26,000 feet , heading 356 degrees gggreat noise, USAF Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II REGISTRATION 17-5870
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I believe all three of those PC-12s are UC-28s flown by the US Air Force Special Operations Command.
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Notwithstanding what the Internet tells us, the PC-12 is the U-28 rather than UC-28 in US military service. There are apparently two variants, U-28A and U-28B, though I have no idea what the difference is between them.

A UC-28 would be a variant of the C-28, aka the Cessna 404 Titan, a couple of which were operated by the US Navy in the past.
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My mistake I think, probably thinking of the UC-78! U-8 would have served me better...

Is there anything US Forces haven't operated, I'd no idea they'd had any Titans.
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A Percival Proctor in & out of Bicester yesterday, unable to get reg, really rather lovely.
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 16:23
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Still never seen an E-4, though have come close twice - cloud/poor vis thwarted both occasions... so often the case when something interesting this way comes.

I see it's descending at the eastern end of the Med, track took it down across the western French coast and the SE toward Monaco.

Several hot air balloons airborne over Switzerland/Austria.
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 16:47
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E-4B is due into Berlin tonight, then Brussels tomorrow and “London” after that.....assuming Stansted?? US Sec of Defense!

Has C-17A. 08-8198 as support aircraft....c/s RCH 350

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