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

Old 27th Sep 2021, 13:07
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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'
Happened to pass by this morning, in the midst of a rain storm (the good for ducks type!). Got this photo through the car window (whilst parked, obvs!)


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Old 27th Sep 2021, 14:52
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Wooooosh! Blimey, Emirates A380 just whizzed over here and sounded like it was really shifting - apparently around 400kts <10000'.
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Old 27th Sep 2021, 18:58
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A 32 kts tailwind component helps.

During the turn just after takeoff Mode S was showing 9° of drift.
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Old 27th Sep 2021, 20:31
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Oh yes, it is quite breezy isn't it - hasn't blown the smell of emulsion out of my bedroom however...
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Visibility; where once there was darkness

I have only ever seen 'heavies' operating out of Mildenhall on ADS-B and nothing out of Mildenhall, recently (and I have not changed or updated anything) I have F15's visible. Any clues or have the USAF opted to turn on their transponders?
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ISTM most military aircraft are now on FR24, including B-52s, but a Hungarian Falcon visiting Gatwick yesterday was not visible at all.

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Old 28th Sep 2021, 14:12
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Any operator can request FR24 to suppress its aircraft. I can't say I'm surprised that Orbán's government is one.

The HUAF FA7X that visited Gatwick on Sunday was certainly visible on Mode S receivers.

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Old 29th Sep 2021, 08:51
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Bolar 11 airborne from Lakenheath showing as a FY63 T-38! Me thinks something is erroneous in the land of Uncle Sam. It's actually in formation with an F-15 also calling Bolar 11...
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 12:09
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That's a little unfair to our colonial cousins, given that the aircraft won't actually have been transmitting either identity or type.

Put it down to how up-to-date (or not) is the database behind whichever tracker you're using.

I'm only jealous because I don't think I've ever seen a Talon.
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 12:23
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Tend to agree that it was almost certainly another F15E, annoyingly manouvering just over the hill towards Rothbury so could hear but not see …..
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 12:47
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Yeah tongue was mildly in cheek... it was ADSB Exchange.

Was trying to remember if I'd ever seen a Talon (I presume they are somewhat different to the F-5Bs operated by the Dutch and Norwegians?) - mil log confirms I saw a single USAF example at Patrick AFB on both occasions I visited - second time was during a Shuttle Launch. Just checked the note pads from my 1984 which I recently found in the loft - one NASA example present too and - I had completely forgotten! - one of the Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft was also there. Don't have the books from my 1988 visit but pretty sure there were a couple of NASA T-38s on that occasion too. A departing U-2 I recall as the highlight, plus you know what lifting off from Pad 39B 25 miles up the coast. I see the 1984 visit was between two Challenger Launches just two months apart.
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 15:23
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IIRC, the T-38 and F-5 (at least the 2-seaters) are two aircraft that at first sight appear confusingly similar (and same manufacturer, obviously) but on close examination differ in almost every respect.

F-5s of course used to be a common sight in Europe with the Dutch, Canadian, Swiss, Norwegian, Spanish and others all operating the type.
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Don't recall ever seeing a Canadian F-5 in Europe, were they based over here? CF-104s, CT-33s and CF-18s were my lot. Never saw any Spanish ones either, they never seemed to send very much at all to the IAT or the other mil shows I went to. The Aggressor F-5Es at Alconbury seemed to pitch up at nearly every major event!
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Canadian F5s in Europe

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On Sunday 4th of April 1978 l was fortunate enough to see eight CC116s pass through Prestwick along with a CC137 tanker. I am not sure if they were based or on exercise but nice to see all the same.
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 18:37
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Yes, the Canadian F-5s were never formally based in Europe, but could be seen visiting from time to time.

Useless fact: the Canadair designation for the single-seat CF-5 (aka CF-116) was the CL-219-1A10, and the two-seat CF-5D (CF-116D) was the CL-219-1A17
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Memories of a four-engined vapour trail passing Midhurst on an easterly track with perhaps four smaller trails in loose formation alleviating the boredom of a fourth year French lesson circa 1978... Assumed a KC-135 and F-4s TDYing to Germany but could have been anything really. Saw a B-52 heading up the route around the same time (not during a lesson!) - before the days when I was able to find out what these over flyers were!

Anyone hear the AN-26 pass eastwards over London after 10pm last night? First Ant I'd heard in ages...
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Old 30th Sep 2021, 14:24
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I saw a squadron of said RCAF F-5's at Lahr in southern Germany sometime in the 80's. The USAF aggressors were, as said, everywhere on the airshow circuit as well as Alconbury. I loved their different coloured camouflage schemes. I seem to recall seeing both USAF and NASA T-38's at airshows back in the day when they were overflowing with wonders.

Did the B1's arrive in the UK as promised in the last days ?
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Old 1st Oct 2021, 08:50
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Not yet but all the ground crews and support equipment has arrived, maybe later today or early Saturday.
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Thanks! That sounds pretty imminent doesn't it. As you seem to be in the know, could you give 'us' a heads up please ?
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Will do, that's if I remember!
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