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

Old 25th Nov 2022, 16:14
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Airbus A300 Beluga passed over heading SE at 33000. Just passing Bognor...
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Old 25th Nov 2022, 21:25
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A nice treat walking godg this morning as RAF herc out of Brzie came racing along at low leel over Frome, 15 mins later is back going the opposite direction.

It looks very very big aginst the SomesetSomersetyside and the hills around Frome. Any one know whknowseight they do these low levlow-levelts at . Having lived near LHR for years i am pretty good at guessing height of LHR arrivals but hey in a nice predictable straight line its flat. Do they have a mandatory 'floor' of say 500ft agl or 1000 asl?

Interesting contrast on the second pass when it just made a deep swooshing sound and appeared almost immediately while 6-7000 ft above an A400 was much noisier
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Old 25th Nov 2022, 22:03
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French AF KC-135...
​​​​​​​Thank you Mr T! Any idea why it was there, seems unusual. Perhaps Mx ?
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Old 26th Nov 2022, 09:41
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
​​​​​​​Thank you Mr T! Any idea why it was there, seems unusual. Perhaps Mx ?
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A friend mentioned that they's seen a grey 707 at Dublin yesterday. Any one have any idea what it was ? Seems a bit unusual. Most likely a USAF diversion, but perhaps some South American bound aircraft doing a fuel stop. Curiosity piqued.
These have visited from time to time, probably on some sort of navigation exercise. There are just six left in French service, eight having already been retired.


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Old 26th Nov 2022, 09:43
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Originally Posted by pax britanica
A nice treat walking godg this morning as RAF herc out of Brzie came racing along at low leel over Frome, 15 mins later is back going the opposite direction.

It looks very very big aginst the SomesetSomersetyside and the hills around Frome. Any one know whknowseight they do these low levlow-levelts at . Having lived near LHR for years i am pretty good at guessing height of LHR arrivals but hey in a nice predictable straight line its flat. Do they have a mandatory 'floor' of say 500ft agl or 1000 asl?

Interesting contrast on the second pass when it just made a deep swooshing sound and appeared almost immediately while 6-7000 ft above an A400 was much noisier
The minimum height is 250 feet msd. Minimum separation distance - ie 250 feet in any direction.
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Old 26th Nov 2022, 14:44
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WIDN62,

Thnak you very much for your reply , msd is Minimum safe distance -yes? That was about the height i would have put the Herc at both stright line height wise and slant angle from hillside . Impressive to see and certainly brightens up the day. I was wary of saying I saw i a YYY type and it was only x hundred feet up because Pprune has a few people who unlike your helpful self seem to delight tn rubbsihing height estimates.

This was an especialy good view but this is not an uncommon event , most low level stuff iare Hercs , sometimes a An A400 but never a C17 even though they are regulars along the same route to the SW out of Brize , maybe theyare a bit too noisy at 250ft.

Thanks again and have a nice weekend
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Old 27th Nov 2022, 14:42
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Originally Posted by SonOfRethymnon
TRTN59 descending through 7000ft heading back to Brize after doing racetracks over the North Sea. Not much info on FR24, but presumably tanking? Spotted in the flesh from Lidl car park with my daughter, who demanded we look at the plane on my 'phone!
Tartans seem to be almost daily, typically north up to Telford area, across to overfly Coningsby and then towlines over the North Sea. First digit of the callsign is the day of the week (1 = Monday, 2 = Tuesday and so on) so yes, your 59 would be a Friday.

Incidentally, please explain why you were not at Lidl's on a Thursday!
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Old 27th Nov 2022, 19:44
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Thanks Mr Liffy! Nice photo of yours. Is that from the car-park on the South side of the airport by chance ?
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 17:55
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Poseidon STGRY01 flying odd patterns just offshore south of Aberdeen at the moment.

Assuming SAR perhaps. Don't think we get too many submarines here off Portlethen !!!

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Just seen Cobra36 a USAF WC-135R Constant Phoenix 7hrs out of Omaha, turning back home north of Alaska, and KC135R returning after fuelling Cobra.
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Old 4th Dec 2022, 00:26
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
Thanks Mr Liffy! Nice photo of yours. Is that from the car-park on the South side of the airport by chance ?
Yes, with the aid of a small ladder to clear the top of the fence.
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Thanks, although cropped, it twigged something in my grey matter that recognised the view. Was that a by chance photo or you had a heads up ? Just curious....
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Old 4th Dec 2022, 12:56
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
Thanks, although cropped, it twigged something in my grey matter that recognised the view. Was that a by chance photo or you had a heads up ? Just curious....
Heads-up. Other than unplanned diversions, most "interesting" movements seems to be flagged in advance these days, through a variety of sources (not all of which I am privy to!).
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Old 9th Dec 2022, 10:13
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Cavok AN12 just grumbled over heading NW...

Heading up the M3 last night just approaching the M25, quite amazed to hear what could only be a Wokka over the noise of the car and "na na hey hey" issuing quite loudly from the stereo system... it was too, been for a quick whop along the Thames heli lane...
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Old 9th Dec 2022, 15:32
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I see the Virgin Rocket Launcher is showing up on the ground at Newquay-St Mawgan-InterCosmicGalactic-Pace-Sport....
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Kernow Proper Job International you mean ? Is it due to launch anything soon, or just training ?
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Old 9th Dec 2022, 15:48
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How about a Bo 737, in Virgin Australia colours, with a Dutch registration and a KLM call sign seen departing Norwich this morning?
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Old 9th Dec 2022, 16:23
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Kernow Proper Job International you mean ? Is it due to launch anything soon, or just training ?
Per Flyer Livestream last night VG were hoping to launch first rocket before Crimble but some tech issues need a-sorting before necessary CAA paperwork can be granted. Dreckley...

Perhaps Cosmic Muffin*, er, Girl should be renamed Betty Stogs...

*Remember the Boeing 307 houseboat that used to live on the waterways at Fort Lauderdale?
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Old 12th Dec 2022, 02:23
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About warning systems

Does somebody can explain which take precedence over wich warning alert:
TCAS RESOLUTION ALERT
TERRAIN ALERT
WINDSHEAR MANEUVER?

PLEASE, THANKS A LOT
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Old 12th Dec 2022, 13:44
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Change yer mind then? USAF MC-130J droned over southbound out of Mildenhall just now, big 180 over the south coast and droned over again in the opposite direction - presumably back to the Hole...
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