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

Old 26th Nov 2021, 15:20
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Just listened to a An-12 fly overhead at 23,000'. Almost as loud as an Atlas!
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Old 26th Nov 2021, 17:58
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AN-12 UR-CAJ just headed over here... yep, loud!
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Old 27th Nov 2021, 17:19
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Where have all the Reach Flights gone?

After rather a flurry this week, seem to have been none today each time I've peered at ADSB... Thanksgiving? Can see a C-5 heading into Ramstein from the mid-East...
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Old 27th Nov 2021, 22:10
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N707ZS

They've been scheduled on the LHR-FRA route for a short while since BA started operating them again. Probably to help in getting the crew landings up.
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Old 28th Nov 2021, 15:26
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Exceptionally loud large turboprop westbound over central London at 1530 local on Sunday. Any ideas ? Well used to an-12s at 20,000ft but this one was different.
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Old 28th Nov 2021, 16:21
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Another An12 - about 10 miles west of us but still clearly audible - came over yesterday as well but even louder then as it was overhead. A deeper drone than the Atlas. Now over the Pyrenees. I'm surprised Treaders hasn't been on - perhaps he was stuck in the pub again!
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Old 28th Nov 2021, 16:33
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I was trudging through a muddy field near Caterham (nervously eying the cloud base and wondering about snow) and could hear the AN12. Also heard but didn't see the C-5 that came over at 18000 from Ramstein around 1445, and only started climbing once past Southampton. Strange...! Believe me, I was tempted to divert into the Fox on Coulsdon Common, brrrrr!
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Old 28th Nov 2021, 18:16
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WHBM, yes I heard that as well 15.20 over Walthamstow, no sighting due to cloud cover but defiantly Loud and deep...Treaders where are you when needed?
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Old 28th Nov 2021, 18:31
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Your AN-12 today was UR-CTJ MEM3096 out of Ostend and it headed south from OH London down towards Africa.
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Old 28th Nov 2021, 18:34
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There was another An-12 UR-CBG came the opposite way after midnight last night right overhead central London, St Johns Newfoundland to Ostend, which I suspected to be returning, but this afternoon it was still on the ground at Ostend, and has since departed eastbound and is currently overhead Austria. So not that. My hunch is it was another An-12 which had been given a climb and was on full power, possibly with the prop syncs not working fully. I feel I may have even heard it do a power change and throttle back at top of climb. But which one ...

The midnight one had routed Newark-St Johns-Ostend yesterday, which in a 55-year old 4-engined turboprop must be a long, loud haul. I notice the Antonovs tend to use St Johns rather than Gander as their eastern Canada point.

Your AN-12 today was UR-CTJ MEM3096 out of Ostend and it headed south from OH London down towards Africa.
Ah, thank you. Though quite why a flight from Ostend to Agadir would route over Lambourne, where it finally seems to have turned southwards, is a bit of a mystery in itself.

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Old 28th Nov 2021, 20:52
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As the details have been revealed, I'll only add that it was incredibly loud most likely as it was in the climb on near max power, sounded wonderful!
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Allowing for the vagaries of the flight trackers, the course change made by today's flight when over Brentwood was fairly abrupt.

Those An-12s are the modern equivalent of yesterday's tramp steamers, going where the work is at short notice, so it's possible that it was bound for Ireland or over the Pond when Meridian got a more lucrative offer and decided that the Moroccan contract was a better bet.
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Old 28th Nov 2021, 22:22
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Loud indeed; I wonder what height it was. Here at Canary Wharf I actually thought at first it was a turboprop missed approach at London City.

And the old girl did sound wonderful - if more than a little eerie. Real sound from the past.

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Old 29th Nov 2021, 07:57
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It was still climbing slowly till abeam Guildford - was at 24000 then.

My muddy field was about a mile north of the the M25/M23 junction, sound was a bit muted 12 miles away but still very distinctive!
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Old 29th Nov 2021, 12:26
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AN-12

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New on this part of forum, was in ROC, keen on aircraft spotting. Saw a AN-12 heading towards Stanstead, heard it first and thought what the hell is that, flew very low over trees. Sorry it was about a month ago - catching up! Live in Long Melford, South Suffolk.
(ROC, Royal Observer Corp).
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Old 29th Nov 2021, 21:06
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Welcome to Spotters Corner, Buntybunny - from a lurking ex-ROCer - hence my username
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Old 29th Nov 2021, 22:30
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Wink Introduction to thread and todays sighting!

Moved to West Suffolk 2 years ago, lots of aircraft activity here, looking forward to sharing sightings and learning! Ex ROC, aircraft changed a lot since ROC days! Very noisy, heavy, twin rotor blade helicopter passed over this evening, heading North towards Stanstead. Could hardly see it due to the dark, it was very noisy!
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Old 29th Nov 2021, 22:44
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Thanks for your lovely welcome - ROC was a while ago! Got a bit of catching up to do! ;0)
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Old 30th Nov 2021, 11:46
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Red face Red White Blue fast Socata over Bracknell fast great sound ..

TBM9 Socata Bracknell 12.30 pm 1800 feet 200 knots + , NWest to Isle of Man from Fairoaks , was skimming under London Control ? / ( 12.25pm data past Reading ; ) Reg.:M-DSKY Isle of Man Type:TBM9 Socata TBM.700 Type Desc.:L1T Squawk:7000 Speed:184 kt Altitude:3,450 ft Vert. Rate:0 ft/min Track:280.9 ..
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Old 30th Nov 2021, 18:33
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Often think jet noise is jet noise but sometimes something sounds a little different from the usual modern Heathrow traffic. One off the Biggin hold this morning caught my attention, not visible in the cloud but definitely a bit noisier. Ah, Jordanian A310!

707s were always very distinctive on their way out of Heathrow...
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