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

Old 30th Nov 2023, 17:21
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Originally Posted by Double Hydco
Did you see us leave AE in our Pup? We share our hangar with not one but two Bolkow’s….
Sadly not, I'd have loved to! Not seen a Pup in a long while either, air over here used to be thick with Surrey & Kent's fleet! Nearly half a century ago...

Did also see a Royal Barge (S-76) rattle past, flight appeared to have emanated from Canvey Island which begs a question!
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Originally Posted by dixi188
I went past Bournemouth airport earlier and there was a Star air (Maersk) 767 freighter parked on the passenger terminal. Any idea why, maybe WX diversion?
Itís been in & out for the last few days. Not sure why
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Old 30th Nov 2023, 23:16
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Distant lights of an Israeli AF 707 inbound Stansted or Mildenhall. Been nice to have seen it coming over the top, might have heard it if I'd popped outside. Looks like Mildenhall.
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Originally Posted by treadigraph
Not seen a Pup in a long while either, air over here used to be thick with Surrey & Kent's fleet! Nearly half a century ago...
Ah ... 'Sorry & Bent'
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Old 2nd Dec 2023, 18:31
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Quite a lot holding for Heathrow although approach is not that busy, presume bigger gaps between landings because of low vis?

Delta A330 came back in just now, left around 13.30 and must have turned around a couple of hours out.
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Distant lights of an Israeli AF 707 inbound Stansted or Mildenhall. Been nice to have seen it coming over the top, might have heard it if I'd popped outside. Looks like Mildenhall.
It ended up in Birmingham.
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Originally Posted by N707ZS
It ended up in Birmingham.
Definitely ended up at Mildenhall on Thursday night, assume it night stopped but no idea where it went after that.

Edit: ah, see it tried for Mildenhall at lunchtime today, out of Dover AFB, diverted to Brum and is now southbound over northern France.

Noticed a French Navy Atlantic crossing SW over eastern Kent this afternoon.
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Another IAF 707 went past London on the way into Mildenhall today, sadly 10/10ths grey.
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Old 3rd Dec 2023, 09:59
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Here it be:

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Does anyone know why it did a good few circuits at Mildenhall before diverting to BHX ? Was it weather or whether ??
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Today a USAF BE20 went up the spine of the UK heading back to the USA. Nothing unusual, except it had a serial of fiscal year '73'. Surely that can't be correct ? TITUS25 was the callsign.
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Old 3rd Dec 2023, 16:53
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Yup, first batch of C-12s acquired by the USAF, delivered in '74.
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Thanks Mr T. The only 70's aircraft I've seen lately were the E-4B's which have been given the 'Trigger's Broom' protocol over the years. I wonder how much is still original on the BE20's ?
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Old 4th Dec 2023, 08:49
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Not forgetting the Stratotankers that frequently pop up on the magic box, all late 1950s/early 1960s. Oldest I've noted recently were a pair of FY57s this time last week.

All re-engined, of course!
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Think there are still some C-130H from early '70s in service.

T-38s/B-52s still going strong!
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I purposely left out the KC-135's and B-52's of which many will still be going for years to come. It just seemed to me that these days the US Mil stuff is hardly ever 70-serial. I was surprised to see the 70- BE20.
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1984 US Army C-12 just droned over here. Nobbut a youngster!
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
Thanks Mr T. The only 70's aircraft I've seen lately were the E-4B's which have been given the 'Trigger's Broom' protocol over the years. I wonder how much is still original on the BE20's ?
Actually the FY 73- USAF C-12's that are still in service are pretty original airframes as they are just utility aircraft for various US Embassy flights around the World. The one you saw on 3rd December was 73-1216 which was currently assigned to the USE in Cairo. These aircraft periodically go back to the USA for maintenance checks, with another airframe normally taking over embassy flight. The call-sign was actually Titus52 [rather than 25]

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Thank you for the very detailed post, interesting! I'm glad to see these older airframes still ticking along in the skies.
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Armee de l'Air Super Puma heading down the approach into Gatters!

...and a Global 6500 has just thundered overhead at about 1500' having performed two go arounds (with a bit of a cross country between) off Biggin's 21 ILS. I'm sitting in a sunny pub conservatory at 500' looking at fog lurking over Biggin's 600' bump. Looks like he's trying his luck with a visual approach to 03. And success!

Fog must be drifting this way as vis here now reduced to about 300'

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