Cool things seen on FlightRadar

Cool things seen on FlightRadar

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Petrus1983

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4,765 posts

126 months

Friday 13th May 2016
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Just wondering if anyone else looks at FlightRadar? I keep seeing random/strange/cool things - let me start...




Anyone else want to play?

essayer

7,080 posts

158 months

Friday 13th May 2016
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It's not flying at the moment but HB-SIB (usually SOLAR2) is continuing its circumnavigation of the globe on solar power. Currently in Tulsa.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/hb-sib...


Yertis

16,062 posts

230 months

Friday 13th May 2016
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Petrus1983 said:
Just wondering if anyone else looks at FlightRadar? I keep seeing random/strange/cool things - let me start...




Anyone else want to play?
Not really but it is remarkable that the B57 was originally designed by the same chap as the Lysander (broadly speaking, I'm sure others were involved too).

Trevatanus

10,569 posts

114 months

Friday 13th May 2016
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Yertis said:
Not really but it is remarkable that the B57 was originally designed by the same chap as the Lysander (broadly speaking, I'm sure others were involved too).
A bit like the Lanc and the Vulcan I believe?

Petrus1983

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el stovey

37,944 posts

227 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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Looks like a couple of these Google loons up now. I wonder if 65,200ft is the fr24 limit?

RobbyJ

904 posts

186 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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I watch loads of stuff on FR24.

A couple of cool planes up over the last couple of days in the UK, N147DC, a Hawk belonging to QinetiQ over Sailsbury today, a nice DeHavilland yesterday but I've forgotten the tail number.

There were 2 7700's of 2 different Reconnaissance Ventures planes in the last 24hrs, G-SOUL yesterday and G-BODY today.

One of my favourite paint jobs, LZ-ABR which is an occasional visitor to the UK.

I have a thing for Antonov's too, at least one AN12 usually comes and goes from the UK daily.

I also like watching the Dassault Falcon 20-5B's flying round the UK, I believe towing targets for fighter practice/training etc. There are 3 off the South West coast right now.

So yes, quite a few cool things, and I am quite a geek clearly!

el stovey

37,944 posts

227 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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RobbyJ said:
I watch loads of stuff on FR24.

A couple of cool planes up over the last couple of days in the UK, N147DC, a Hawk belonging to QinetiQ over Sailsbury today, a nice DeHavilland yesterday but I've forgotten the tail number.
You often see a Hawk and an Alpha Jet operating from Boscombe Down. I always thought it was the empire test pilots school there.

Twiglets

670 posts

132 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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If you like that type of thing check out www.360radar.co.uk, coverage is growing by the day and it only covers the UK but shows most of the military aircraft that are airborne.

Vocal Minority

8,582 posts

116 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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Trevatanus said:
Yertis said:
Not really but it is remarkable that the B57 was originally designed by the same chap as the Lysander (broadly speaking, I'm sure others were involved too).
A bit like the Lanc and the Vulcan I believe?
Also, did Sydney Camm not have input to the Harrier as well as the Hurricane?

RobbyJ

904 posts

186 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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el stovey said:
You often see a Hawk and an Alpha Jet operating from Boscombe Down. I always thought it was the empire test pilots school there.
You're right, but they are owned by QinetiQ I believe, but I'm not expert by any means.

I can't get that last link in the thread to work, did you post it right? I'd love to be able to see the military stuff and the registrations of private jets that are blocked on FR24Pro.

jhfozzy

1,345 posts

154 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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RobbyJ said:
el stovey said:
You often see a Hawk and an Alpha Jet operating from Boscombe Down. I always thought it was the empire test pilots school there.
You're right, but they are owned by QinetiQ I believe, but I'm not expert by any means.

I can't get that last link in the thread to work, did you post it right? I'd love to be able to see the military stuff and the registrations of private jets that are blocked on FR24Pro.
Take the %2c off the end of the link or click HERE

Thanks to the poster by the way, just spent ages looking down the list of AAC aircraft for ones I have worked on.

Trevatanus

10,569 posts

114 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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jhfozzy said:
RobbyJ said:
el stovey said:
You often see a Hawk and an Alpha Jet operating from Boscombe Down. I always thought it was the empire test pilots school there.
You're right, but they are owned by QinetiQ I believe, but I'm not expert by any means.

I can't get that last link in the thread to work, did you post it right? I'd love to be able to see the military stuff and the registrations of private jets that are blocked on FR24Pro.
Take the %2c off the end of the link or click HERE

Thanks to the poster by the way, just spent ages looking down the list of AAC aircraft for ones I have worked on.
Dammit. That's another evening wasted smile

RobbyJ

904 posts

186 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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Awesome thanks, I've just contacted them and offered to contribute from my ADSB receiver in return for a login as it says on their site smile

Edited by RobbyJ on Thursday 19th May 17:26

el stovey

37,944 posts

227 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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Trevatanus said:
jhfozzy said:
RobbyJ said:
el stovey said:
You often see a Hawk and an Alpha Jet operating from Boscombe Down. I always thought it was the empire test pilots school there.
You're right, but they are owned by QinetiQ I believe, but I'm not expert by any means.

I can't get that last link in the thread to work, did you post it right? I'd love to be able to see the military stuff and the registrations of private jets that are blocked on FR24Pro.
Take the %2c off the end of the link or click HERE

Thanks to the poster by the way, just spent ages looking down the list of AAC aircraft for ones I have worked on.
Dammit. That's another evening wasted smile
Do we need a login to see the map?

el stovey

37,944 posts

227 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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kapiteinlangzaam said:
The US MIL were flying one of these bad boys over NW Germany two days ago....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_Grumman_RQ-...

Blocked a big bit of airspace (huge in fact), but luckily at v. high Flight Levels.

No FR24 shot unfortunately, I had to make do with a live radar screen instead wink
If they're unmanned, how do you go about communicating with the operator? Presumably they still need ATC clearances etc

el stovey

37,944 posts

227 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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RobbyJ said:
Awesome thanks, I've just contacted them and offered to contribute from my ADSB receiver in return for a login as it says on their site smile
Hi Robby, do you feed to FR24 and If you have a receiver do you see and have access to other feeders data that show aircraft not on FR24 like the police or military stuff?

I've always wondered about getting a receiver but thought FR24 is so good now and I live in a well covered area so I wasn't sure of the point.

thinkofaname

221 posts

97 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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I like a bit of flightradar geekery. I live a few miles from Heathrow and often check it out if something interesting happens, like a go-around (very obvious to me because I am not on any usual take-off flight path, so if I hear something roar overhead on full afterburners I know something is up).
One recent oddity was a something big passing overhead on a weird approach path. I had a look on FR24 and it turned out to be a Virgin 747 flying from Gatwick to Heathrow. Shortest 747 flight ever? I guess they need to reposition their fleet sometimes.

essayer

7,080 posts

158 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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Does 360radar have different data to what I'd see on FR24?
Tempted to host a receiver for them if so!

ukaskew

7,132 posts

185 months

Thursday 19th May 2016
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RobbyJ said:
A couple of cool planes up over the last couple of days in the UK, N147DC, a Hawk belonging to QinetiQ over Sailsbury today, a nice DeHavilland yesterday but I've forgotten the tail number.
Spent the day in my garden yesterday (Wiltshire, on the edge of Salisbury Plain), lots of interesting and very loud noises up high, nothing like the usual Hercs, A400M and Globemaster.

Flightradar came up blank as usual, will catch something interesting on there one day!