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

Old 11th Jun 2020, 14:21
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RAF Poseidon and A400M Atlas pass each other, both inbound to Prestwick
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Old 11th Jun 2020, 15:27
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A Qatar C-130J just went over London very audibly (24,000ft) out of Cambridge by the looks of it.

And, speaking of helicopters, the mis-reported "Philippine Cessna 182" (here on PlaneFinder) was actually the ubiquitous Agusta A109S N449C, which made a brief visit to Elstree this morning, arriving from and departing to the northwest.
So DRUK, how the hector does an A109 with a US reg show up as a Philippine registered fixed-wing aircraft ? Hex error, or a red-herring to put of the amateurs ?
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Old 11th Jun 2020, 15:30
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
A Qatar C-130J just went over London very audibly (24,000ft) out of Cambridge by the looks of it.
Audibly? Wasn't it just! Nice blue patch but couldn't see it, damn these military aeroplanes are well camouflaged.
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Old 11th Jun 2020, 20:21
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
So DRUK, how the hector does an A109 with a US reg show up as a Philippine registered fixed-wing aircraft ? Hex error, or a red-herring to put of the amateurs ?
Likely a combination of the two. One of a fair number of aircraft to use the anonymous hex code A00000 (see that PlaneFinder link). The Agusta spends a lot of its time in the UK and AFAIK has never been noted using its allocated code.

The PF track also shows it arriving and departing Elstree without going anywhere near the runway.

I'll confess its identification was made easier as it was using its registration as its callsign.
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Cherokee G-WOLF operates out of Elstree (?) and often displays the i/d of some foreign military helicopter (I think) - suspect it's finger trouble rather than obfuscation...
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Old 11th Jun 2020, 22:38
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Cherokee G-WOLF operates out of Elstree (?) and often displays the i/d of some foreign military helicopter (I think) - suspect it's finger trouble rather than obfuscation...
The most recent confirmed capture I have for G-WOLF is 25 minutes' circuit-bashing at Elstree on 23rd March. On that occasion it was using anonymous Mode S code 400000.

It looks like a popular strategy is to get the first hex digit correct and hope the rest will look after themselves.
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Old 12th Jun 2020, 07:34
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Thankyou for the explanation. I thought that perhaps if an aircraft is a regular to/from Elstree that the owner/occupants might be in the film industry and want to keep a low profile or some such.
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Probably Ian Beale from Eastenders...
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U-2S 68-10337 airborne from Fairford and heading NE over Coventry, 40,700' and climbing...

Wish the Blackbirds were still about...
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After a two night stay, the unique An-225 Mriya has just departed SNN and looks to be going home to Kiev.

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Old 12th Jun 2020, 08:57
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Sadly only Scotland will get to see the contrail in the UK today...

edit...or maybe not, but it might be canny in Newcastle for a view in 20minutes ;-)

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Old 12th Jun 2020, 09:07
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Jack The Antonov is just north of the IOM on a heading for Geordieland (ADB329F)

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Jack The Antonov is just north of the IOM on a heading for Geordieland (ADB329F)

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An A400 RAF just gone over London west to east at 32,000ft and it was so loud that the window (slightly open) started reverberating ;-)
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Old 12th Jun 2020, 11:25
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It drowned out the bickering kids next door... bliss!
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Old 12th Jun 2020, 12:06
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It drowned out the bickering kids next door... bliss!
Sounds like Uncle Tred needs to get the kids into flight tracking and then the bickering will stop ;-)
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Cherokee G-WOLF reminds me of Gregory Air Taxi livery 60's

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Cherokee G-WOLF operates out of Elstree (?) and often displays the i/d of some foreign military helicopter (I think) - suspect it's finger trouble rather than obfuscation...
Cherokee G-WOLF see this sometimes when up / down the M25 and it, reminds me of the Gregory Air Taxi GAT. livery of the sixties,
vaguely remember seeing these GAT types at Blackbushe as a child .
There is a brilliant bit of film of GAT's in one of the great aviation DVD's , Look at Life in glorious colour.
Off on a tangent - TFC
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In the midst of a quiet Camberley afternoon a quite loud inbound aircraft noise prompted me to pop outside to see a w/b twin disappearing behind the trees as it turned onto base leg for LHR easterlies. Checked it out on FR24 and the origin of the 767-300 was given as Luanda Angola , just ahead of it and on final approach was another 767 of Air Rwanda from Brussels . What we could be importing from Luanda except dirty money I cannot imagine. one would almost have to go back to the 60s to see the number of unusual airlines at todays slot constrained LHR where there is barely room for anything not already scheduled.

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Old 12th Jun 2020, 19:58
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In the midst of a quiet Camberley afternoon a quite loud inbound aircraft noise prompted me to pop outside to see a w/b twin disappearing behind the trees as it turned onto base leg for LHR easterlies. Checked it out on FR24 and the origin of the 767-300 was given as Luanda Angola , just ahead of it and on final approach was another 767 of Air Rwanda from Brussels . What we could be importing from Luanda except dirty money I cannot imagine. one would almost have to go back to the 60s to see the number of unusual airlines at todays slot constrained LHR where there is barely room for anything not already scheduled.
That sounds an intriguing pair of movements.

The arrival from Luanda was the same EuroAtlantic Airways B763 that flew out to Angola from LHR late on Wednesday evening.

I'm mystified by the other arrival you noted just before the above. There's a weekly Rwandair on Fridays, but that's an A330 and it arrives non-stop from Kigali (plus it landed more than 4 hours earlier, just after midday). I wonder what it was that you saw?
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The Air Rwanda flight, when it was serving Gatwick, used to come from Kigali via Brussels.
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The Air Rwanda flight, when it was serving Gatwick, used to come from Kigali via Brussels.
The Heathrow Rwandair flight, on the other hand, comes direct from KGL but returns via BRU.
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