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

Old 17th Sep 2021, 19:38
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G-SKNG and G-WSEX (Sea King and Wesseex) heading north west near Warminster this afternoon.
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Old 17th Sep 2021, 20:53
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The Sea King in question fresh from its starring role in "Vigil".
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Old 18th Sep 2021, 19:43
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Noticed on FR24, looked up and clocked an Avro Anson just about to pass overhead. Out of Rougham, on its way to Duxford for the BoB Day show I expect.
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Old 19th Sep 2021, 08:37
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When you saw it, it would have been en route back to its base at Sleap.
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Old 19th Sep 2021, 11:50
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Originally Posted by Musket90 View Post
I think Heathrow daily movements are up to 750 plus depending on day of the week.
Indeed so. Total movements for August were 19,450 (627 per day, on average), an increase of 16.1% compared to July. Daily average for September (so far) is quite a bit up again, at 712.

Last Sunday's figure of 772 was the highest since the start of the pandemic.
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Old 19th Sep 2021, 12:50
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Old 19th Sep 2021, 13:36
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The Saudi Aramco 767-200 came into LHR at lunchtime today. Drab grey against a backdrop of drab grey! All the same, pretty rare in these here parts.
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Old 19th Sep 2021, 17:17
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I have just seen them on reciprocal trip passing just south of Frome , Sea King and Wessex out front and some way behind a smaller Helo , 'Sycamore or Whirlwind perhaps ?, Painted yellow as far as I could see
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Old 19th Sep 2021, 17:30
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Almost certainly the Whirlwind HAR.10 based at Chard that flies in RAF Rescue colours,
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Old 19th Sep 2021, 17:53
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Two Hurricanes flying down the Thames over Central London at 13.00 today.
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Old 19th Sep 2021, 18:35
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19.20 approx based at York tonight saw briefly and heard this , overhead ~ 35,000 feet - fab ; 04-4128 United States DB flags:
military Type:C17 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III Type Desc.:L4J Squawk: 225
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Old 19th Sep 2021, 18:44
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Photo of Spit and Hurricane in the mil forum.

Speaking of ARAMCO, a US reg'd King Air 350 of their's headed Lydd-Woodley at 24000' an hour or two back... Assume it was en-route Shannon.
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Old 20th Sep 2021, 07:03
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For those in the vicinity of BHX, take a trip along the A41 past Tyseley for a surprising glimpse of a Hawker Hunter, newly mounted (sometime on Saturday) on a plinth in the car park of an engineering company.

Google Maps hasnt yet caught up, but once it does, its visible here;

https://goo.gl/maps/JcsMmVMNsPcDhTY39

For those that cant get near or are desperate not to wait for google maps to update, Birmingham CC planning has an artists impression (though it seems bigger in real life!) - stick 2020/05639/PA in here


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Old 20th Sep 2021, 11:39
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The planning application says it's going to go in SCC plc's car park, so I assume it's one of Peter Rigby's latest toys.

The photos show recently de-registered G-PRII, formerly PR.11 WT723, last noted at St Athan.

Edit: The documents show that the original intention was to mount an ex-Red Arrows Hawk rather than the Hunter finally selected.
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What happened to the Hunter in the centre of Woking's shopping precinct? It was a Hunter wasn't it...? Certainly not there now.
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Old 20th Sep 2021, 14:22
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It has indeed gone in the car park. I'll try and get a photo next time i pass - im slightly amazed that it hasnt yet found its way into the local papers...!

Oh and, yes, planning app suggests a Hawk previously. Maybe they realised it wouldnt look quite as impressive and 'looming'
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Old 20th Sep 2021, 15:08
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Hmmm, wonder why an MC-130J is orbiting over eastern Kent at 19000'?

Edit: after a few twirls around the neighbourhood he descended for a 3000' pass over Dover, then headed home to Mildenhall at around 1500' along the coast up past Ramsgate and across to Felixstowe.

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Old 20th Sep 2021, 17:06
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Sea King, apparently from Compton Abbas, passed here (Castle Cary) earlier using military registration on Freedar.
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Old 20th Sep 2021, 19:37
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What happened to the Hunter in the centre of Woking's shopping precinct? It was a Hunter wasn't it...? Certainly not there now.
Removed in 2018 because of the risk of bits falling on people. Currently under restoration at Dunsfold.
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Old 20th Sep 2021, 22:02
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Not on the computer but out of the window. We had a flyover from a lone Spitfire at lunchtime here in East Devon. It was too high to get a good look for a more accurate I/d.
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