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Old 24th Feb 2021, 12:06
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Good to see the Airvan airborne from Biggin, presumably on a maintenance flight. I trust their Spitfires will be back in the air very soon - I miss the sound of Merlins in the morning... and afternoon... and evening!
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REDARR10 Airborne over Lincolnshire (it could be more of them). Apparently out of Waddington where they have deployed for a couple of weeks to see if everyone else there can live with them permanently

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A US Army DHC-7 just gone by London west to east. I don't think that I've seen or 'seen' a DHC-7 in quite a few years.
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 15:06
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US Government apparently not Army N34HG unless they are using the N reg now?

https://uk.flightaware.com/resources/registration/N34HG




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Old 24th Feb 2021, 16:23
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Think I heard that droning quietly over, I was semi-snoozing... Noted one before going over into Europe several years ago.
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 17:46
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US Government apparently not Army N34HG unless they are using the N reg now?

https://uk.flightaware.com/resources/registration/N34HG
Listed as US Department of Interior.
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Listed as US Department of Interior.
Must be lost then, unless we've become the 51st state..
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 18:06
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I think that it operates for 'one of those' outfits that do daring deeds in dangerous places and it has been anonymised for hiding in plain sight.

The only DHC-7 that comes to mind was Brymon operating into LCY years ago, but I also remember them with Tyrolean (?) in the past. Oh and Widerōe in the very north of Norway going to Svalbard. No others come up. Anyone ? Perhaps some feeder airlines in the USA ?

Just remembered! Hawaiian Airlines, but that was 35 years ago.
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 18:08
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FAA registration record shows registrant as simply "US GOVERNMENT", but the address is a giveway: "HQ USAINSCOM ATTN ACOFS G4 IALO-T, FORT BELVOIR".

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US Army Intelligence & Security Command.
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 19:23
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Brymon took 'em into Heathrow as well as I recall before LCY got started. There was another UK operator whose name escapes me with a pinstripe suit and tie logo. Also Yemen Airways had some, I saw one on delivery around 1980. And the Canadian Armed Forces.

Nice aeroplane, I always thought.
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Originally Posted by treadigraph
Brymon took 'em into Heathrow as well as I recall before LCY got started. There was another UK operator whose name escapes me with a pinstripe suit and tie logo. Also Yemen Airways had some, I saw one on delivery around 1980. And the Canadian Armed Forces.

Nice aeroplane, I always thought.
London City Airways

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Old 24th Feb 2021, 19:50
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Obvious when you think about it!

USAF Texan II at 48000' near Enid, Oklahoma - now why don't I quite believe the accuracy of that?
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
The only DHC-7 that comes to mind was Brymon operating into LCY years ago, but I also remember them with Tyrolean (?) in the past. Oh and Widerōe in the very north of Norway going to Svalbard. No others come up. Anyone ? Perhaps some feeder airlines in the USA ?

Just remembered! Hawaiian Airlines, but that was 35 years ago.
Flew from Ottawa to Toronto Island once on this one:



De Havilland Canada DHC-7-102 Dash 7 - City Express | Aviation Photo #1566344 | Airliners.net

Very noisy inside, as I recall.
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Had the demonstrator Dash7 in the Glos Air hangar at BOH in 1975 on it's way to Paris Airshow. It looked huge compared to the Trislanders and Aztecs.
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I recall AirBC was looking into a sched from YVR to Pemberton, a 30 minute drive north of Whistler, in 1988 with the hopes of using MLS to get into the valley aerodrome that is surrounded by mountainous terrain. If memory serves the service never took hold.

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Old 25th Feb 2021, 11:47
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Turkish AF C-130E just droned across eastern London out of Prestwick. Didn't hear a thing down here in the southern suburbs.

Regarding the noisy Dash7 inside, across 40 years I can still remember that Yemeni delivery flight seeming very quiet for a 4 engined turboprop. Probably up about 20000' I should think.
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 12:26
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Originally Posted by treadigraph
Brymon took 'em into Heathrow as well as I recall before LCY got started. There was another UK operator whose name escapes me with a pinstripe suit and tie logo. Also Yemen Airways had some, I saw one on delivery around 1980. And the Canadian Armed Forces.

Nice aeroplane, I always thought.
Pinstripes outfit was Inter City Airlines. Also Maersk had a couple as well as Adria.
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
I think that it operates for 'one of those' outfits that do daring deeds in dangerous places and it has been anonymised for hiding in plain sight.

The only DHC-7 that comes to mind was Brymon operating into LCY years ago, but I also remember them with Tyrolean (?) in the past. Oh and Widerōe in the very north of Norway going to Svalbard. No others come up. Anyone ? Perhaps some feeder airlines in the USA ?

Just remembered! Hawaiian Airlines, but that was 35 years ago.

If they realy wanted to hide it in plain sight they would have registered it to Air America



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Old 25th Feb 2021, 16:42
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Originally Posted by SWBKCB
Pinstripes outfit was Inter City Airlines.
To be precise, it was London City Airways, a British Midland operation. Unsuccessful in the early LCY days, they rebranded to British Midland for a short while. But it was a well-conceived livery from a marketing view, everyone around seemed to have noticed it. First seen at the opening ceremony for London City, when an LCA and a Brymon Dash 7 flew in close formation minimum speed low level both ways over the LCY crowd before landing.

Did I say close formation ? Read VERY close formation. Harry Gee driving the Brymon one again, just as he did when the did the demo landing where Canary Wharf offices are now.

Inter City Airlines was an Alidair offshoot, with Viscounts and Short 330s.

Last Dash 7 I saw active was Arkia in Israel, Christmas 2008.
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 21:40
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Not forgetting the British Antarctic Survey DHC-7 VP-BFQ, of course...still earning its keep.
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