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Interesting aircraft - what have you seen on your computer today?

Old 16th Jun 2020, 15:14
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
*photo of XB688*
Your photo shows XE688, not XE668 as listed above. Is it showing up on ADS-B with the wrong ident?
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 15:35
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
I saw that one yesterday as well, but gave up following after it went out over the North Sea. Perhaps a training mission of some kind, but as you say a very curious affair. All those tax-dollars getting burned for little benefit it would seem.
Off on a tangent again , but there is a very interesting, in depth ' tour ' of Ramstein USAF Base here : https://www.businessinsider.com/rams...14-9?r=US&IR=T I use go to USAF bases a lot , here in the 80's . Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire , including the day after TDA. Columbia Shuttle Disaster 1986 and TDA the Libya long range revenge attack 1986 , now they stand out as odd working days - but great times , TFC.
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 16:29
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Originally Posted by wub View Post
This is a former chase plane for Embraer and now owned by Hawker Hunter Aviation Ltd. based at Scampton
Yes, in fact it still carries the Embraer logo on the tail.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 07:35
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Originally Posted by Kabobble View Post
Your photo shows XE688, not XE668 as listed above. Is it showing up on ADS-B with the wrong ident?
Not exactly.

The aircraft's ID on Mode S/ADS-B is its callsign "SC33". The (incorrect) identity "XE668" has been added by whichever flight-tracker the screenshot is taken from (there are so many of them nowadays that I don't recognise which one it is).

Strictly speaking, the identity "XE688" is incorrect, too. The real XE688 was written off more than 60 years ago, and the current aircraft (like many surviving Hunters) is a composite of bits from different aircraft. Most of the airframe is from another Hunter XE704, originally built as a single-seater F.4 and then converted after retirement from the RAF to a two-seat T.72 trainer for sale to the Chilean Air Force, after which it went to Embraer in Brazil.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 08:40
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Royal Ascot Horses in to Farnborough from Shannon OE-IBO TAY1480 will depart this eve as TAY1481
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 10:54
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Global Hawk at 52,000
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 10:59
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Todays LHR inbound oddity was a RAF A330 with an Airtanker call sign ( with a minor change something perfectly suited to Johnson's proposed vanity jet referred to elsewhere on PP) heading for east for an LHR downwind. Operating Houston to London , Actually saw this one over me at around 0820.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 11:41
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Royal Ascot 2020 - missing all the rotary's flying this year. The Royal Ascot Heliport . Some years jumped on the push bike and visit , you can get to one small fence, on the edge of heliport to see all, what types, 20 - 30 + in number. You don't get challenged on a push bike , & no traffic
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 16:01
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Flybe Dash-8 G-ECOK just bumbled over at 25000 in a NE direction, presume being delivered ex-Southampton to a new operator or storage elsewhere...

Edit: apparently acquired by Chorus Aviation. Currently heading up the North Sea towards Oslo...

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Old 17th Jun 2020, 17:13
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Most exciting here all week was a Long Ez around noon today
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 17:41
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Red face Airbus KC2 Voyager (A330-243MRTT) ZZ331 in plain grey livery

Airbus KC2 Voyager (A330-243MRTT) ZZ331 in plain grey livery :-( , just back from Cyprus RAF Akrotiri.
Routing - Southend , north London , M4 > Brize Norton . Skimming in and out of very few cloud breaks, just landed ..
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 18:21
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Flybe Dash-8 G-ECOK just bumbled over at 25000 in a NE direction, presume being delivered ex-Southampton to a new operator or storage elsewhere...
I heard that, it was loud(er) than any of the many daily FlyBe's that used to fly over. I thought it was a Mil Herc, especially when I checked it and it showed as unknown etc except height/speed. However cross-checking it on two other trackers showed it to be a Dash 8. They must have been gunning it to make that racket as it went over!
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 19:15
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Effects of weather on aircraft noise

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I heard that, it was loud(er) than any of the many daily FlyBe's that used to fly over. I thought it was a Mil Herc, especially when I checked it and it showed as unknown etc except height/speed. However cross-checking it on two other trackers showed it to be a Dash 8. They must have been gunning it to make that racket as it went over!
I always learnt planes sound louder in cloud , learnt this in my studies, the meteorology part, especially that thick stuff that's covering the UK today. Noise abatement etc..
Effects of weather on noise ; there is a good concise piece on this here ;
https://www.cvgairport.com/flight/no...0the%20ground.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 19:19
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P3 Poseidon.

Todays highlight for me was the 1st. time I've seen a P3 Poseidon on ADS-B or anywhere,at about 1620 ZP802 did a few orbits
off the Norfolk coast before returning North.

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Old 17th Jun 2020, 19:50
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Originally Posted by KING6024 View Post
Todays highlight for me was the 1st. time I've seen a P3 Poseidon on ADS-B or anywhere,at about 1620 XP802 did a few orbits
off the Norfolk coast before returning North.
Sounds like you've been short-changed and somebody has palmed you off with an Orion.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 19:54
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Not the first time I've noticed strange routes for the USAF C5s/C17s from German bases heading West. Any ideas why they take such a routing?
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 22:11
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Should read ZP802 !!
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 22:27
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Red face The RAF and the French Air Force Display Teams , WILL fly over London TOMORROW

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The RAF and the French Air Force Display Teams , could both fly over London Heathrow to commemorate the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s appeal for French resistance,
on Thursday 18th June 2020 @ 5pm ish
On Thursday, both the RAF and the French Air Force are planning a special flypast of 18 aircraft over Heathrow.
However, this event, is still to be 100% confirmed
The event will commemorate the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s appeal for French resistance.
French president Emmanuel Macro is expected to visit UK for face-to-face visits with Prince Charles and Boris Johnson.

SW of Heathrow

1641 – departure from RAF Brize Norton
1656 – Flypast Bagshot
1658 – Flypast Richmond Park
1700 – Flypast Buckingham Palace
1702 – Formation Separation NE Brentwood/ Stapleford area after which the Red Arrows will return to RAF Scampton and the Patrouille de France back to Salon-de-Provence Air Base The Patrouille de France is expected to land at RAF Brize Norton..
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The RAF and the French Air Force Display Teams , WILL fly over London to commemorate the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s appeal for French resistance, on Thursday 18th June 2020
18 AIRCRAFT REVISED W-E ROUTE TIMINGS
+ HAVE CHANGED TIMING TO BST + CORRECT +

FORMATION TRANSIT BY RED ARROWS ACFT ROUTING:

514500N 0013459W BRIZE NORTON AD1640

513823N 0013146W SE OF FARINGDON1642

513322N 0012921W SW OF WANTAGE1643

512847N 0016213W S OF WOOTON BASSETT1645

512020N 0014856W W OF PEWSEY1647

512440N 0012246W NW OF NEWBURY1650

511745N 0011743W SW OF KINGSCLERE1651

512302N 0005529W W OF ARBORFIELD GARRISON 1654

512309N 0002725W VCY OF WEYBRIDGE1657

512648N 0001722W RICHMOND PARK1658

513017N 0000742W FP HORSE GUARDS PARADE1700

516112N 0005052E SW OF COLCHESTER1707

521116N 0011253E FRAMSDEN1711

522609N 0005828E E OF EAST HARLING1713

524601N 0004751E W OF WHISSONSETT1717

530920N 0002143E E OF SKEGNESS1722

531828N 0003303W SCAMPTON AD1727

FORMATION PLANS TO TRANSIT AT 250-2000FT AGL. TIMINGS, HGT AND ROUTE

ARE APRX AND MAY CHANGE DUE TO WX OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS. PART OF

ROUTE WILL BE FLOWN WITH ANOTHER FAST JET DISPLAY TEAM ( FRENCH)
WITH UP TO 18 ACFT IN CLOSE FORMATION.

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Old 18th Jun 2020, 05:17
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Four Nanchang CJ6 aircraft in formation over Bellevue, Florida two days in a row earlier this week. Also have HD video but PPRuNe doesn't accept MP4 format.






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Old 18th Jun 2020, 10:27
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An FAF FA7X and an E121 flew over London in the last 30mins, the latter audible, but much less audible than usual despite the cloud cover (thanks TFC) ;-)
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