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

Old 12th Aug 2021, 20:31
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I think I saw the Wallace again at Old Warden a few years ago.

Just had Spitfire 'IDN right over the top - nice to see it out to the west of the Biggin circuit! Inbound bizjet traffic I should think...
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Old 12th Aug 2021, 21:47
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Originally Posted by G-ARZG View Post
If FR24 is correct, a US Army C-12 King Air just dropped into LHR from Wiesbaden in the last hour Welcome, Duke 35.
Followed by a BA777 from HKG, should have been the quote ”follow the King Air ahead on short final” - “follow what?”
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Old 14th Aug 2021, 23:07
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Pleasure to hear - though not able to see! - BBMF's Hurricane PZ865 and Spitfire XIX PM631 at lunchtime - they individually beat up Kenley about an hour apart. I was out walking through woods at the time, the Hurricane was less than half a mile away...
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Old 15th Aug 2021, 14:05
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Copenhagen to Washington turned round over Northern Ireland
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Old 17th Aug 2021, 14:49
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US military Pilatus PC12 Spectre just left Wick
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Old 18th Aug 2021, 10:21
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Interesting activity in the Arabian Gulf / Afghan area observed on FR24 over the last week. I've noted 28 different USAF C-17s, 34 C-135s, 10 KC-10s and (surprisingly) 5 B-52Hs. I'm sure I missed a lot more.
C-130 activities have included Stinger, Ghostrider, Commando II, Combat Spear and Combat King. Two Rivet Joints have been busy too.
USS Ronald Reagan is anchored off Pakistan so there's a lot of US Navy flying, as well as the RAF and several European air forces. Take a look - the place is alive!
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Old 18th Aug 2021, 19:12
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N52178

More free information from AviationDB for aircraft registration number N52178. Can include other aircraft with the same tail or N number, sales and ownership history, FAA and NTSB accident reports, SDRs, and more.
Aircraft has been Deregistered, exported to UNITED KINGDOM Last Action Date 1991-02-04
Cancel Date 1991-02-15 Airworthiness Date

Expiration Date
Manufacturer_Name CESSNA
Model Name 172P
Registrant Name SALE REPORTED
Street
Registrant City XXX
Registrant State OK Registrant Zip Code 73125
Country UNITED STATES Region Unknown
Registrant Type Individual Fract Owner

Certificate Issue Date
Status N-Number Assigned and Registered
Serial Number 17274428
Aircraft Type Fixed wing single engine Mode S Code 51510023
Year Mfr
Aircraft Category Land
Builder Certification Type Certificated Number Engines 1
Number Seats 4 Aircraft Weight CLASS 1
Aircraft Cruising Speed 0 Airworthiness Classification Primary

N52177 N52178 N52179

Has been apparently active on FlightRadar24 in and around Kabul,Mazar-I-Sharif and southern Tajikistan. Currently at UTDT
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Old 18th Aug 2021, 21:55
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AviationDB is not known as a reliable source, as the above example illustrates.

Firstly, N52178 is a manufacturer's test registration, worn by dozens of Cessnas over the years.

The Cessna 172P whose details are quoted was cancelled from the US register in 1991, then spent 25 years in Ireland (not the UK), and is currently registered in Germany. It's normally based at Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and sports a rather attractive white/yellow/blue scheme (with matching floats).

Whatever you saw on your screen in and around Afghanistan, it certainly wasn't that C172.
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Old 18th Aug 2021, 22:29
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A bit more digging indicates that it was almost certainly an Afghan AF Cessna AC-208B (based on the civilian C208 Caravan).

US buys Afghanistan "Eliminator" attack planes — Cessnas with Hellfires.

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Just had a Saudi C-130H, callsign RSF1049 overhead Birmingham(UK). Seems to be going SW from here


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Old 19th Aug 2021, 15:03
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Here is one very interesting aircraft I've seen about two weeks ago.
Never heard of it before. A Dornier CD2 Seastar. Push-pull turbprop.


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Old 19th Aug 2021, 15:18
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I recall the Seastar appearing at Farnborough in the 1980s and not being developed in a production aircraft - looks like it may now be a goer...
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Old 19th Aug 2021, 16:18
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Just had a Saudi C-130H, callsign RSF1049 overhead Birmingham(UK). Seems to be going SW from here
Probably doing the monthly spares run from Warton heading homewards.

That Seastar looks pretty cool, I wonder what the market is these days for such a beast, probably not that cheap.
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
A bit more digging indicates that it was almost certainly an Afghan AF Cessna AC-208B (based on the civilian C208 Caravan).

US buys Afghanistan "Eliminator" attack planes — Cessnas with Hellfires.

Thank you for the clarification.
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Old 21st Aug 2021, 13:46
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Beagle Terriers

Few weeks ago, when we had summer, two Beagle Terriers passed my house on Saturday evening.

Only one showed up on FR24 but there were definitely two! My most unusual spot so far....
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Old 21st Aug 2021, 15:52
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Someone is driving round Hampshire in a vehicle callsign CAATEST...
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Old 25th Aug 2021, 10:03
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SNOOP 55……RC-135V currently southbound out of Mildenhall
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Old 25th Aug 2021, 10:29
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Saw something latish last night, across NE London heading SE, looked like landing light which went out, then a faint suspicion of nav/strobes and a con trail but hard to see clearly. Nothing on ADSB that fitted. If no con trail then maybe one of those Islanders...
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Old 25th Aug 2021, 10:38
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Just seen G-ODIP (Aviat Husky on floats) dashing along at 79 knots! Many years since I flew the wheeled one based at EGNF, my first tail dragger landing.
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Old 25th Aug 2021, 10:52
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I enjoyed a flight in a J-3 Cub floatplane once - I suspect 79kts would be about twice its VNE!
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