Cool things seen on FlightRadar

Cool things seen on FlightRadar

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towser44

2,275 posts

79 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Gary C said:
towser44 said:
tedmus said:
Not that L-39 that flies out of Blackpool?
That's what I was thinking of yes. On fighter control there were F15E's reported off Blackpool at 2,500 feet a week or so ago.
Where were those F15's from ?

It certainly looked like one.
492nd sqdn at Lakenheath according to Fighter Control.

7mike

2,730 posts

157 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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ASL Airlines EI-STN, Leipzig to Southend. After circling over Clacton for about half an hour at 20k it headed back to Leipzig! Any ideas why?


djc206

7,703 posts

89 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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7mike said:
ASL Airlines EI-STN, Leipzig to Southend. After circling over Clacton for about half an hour at 20k it headed back to Leipzig! Any ideas why?

Fog

C70R

7,850 posts

68 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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LotusOmega375D said:
The MIG 21 is still a front line aircraft for the Indian Air Force, as witnessed by the one downed by an F16 AMRAAM across the Pakistan border a couple of years ago. I was in India at the time and it was a rolling news story for the best part of a week until the pilot was repatriated in a very public display.
They aren't alone either! A surprising number of third-world airforces were still operating them as of Dec 2018 according to Wiki.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG...

tt601

123 posts

139 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Looks like this chap has dropped a contact lens on the ground and is having a good look for it ...


tonyvid

9,406 posts

207 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Unusual to get a track out of Lakenheath


Ash_

5,030 posts

154 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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There's an Osprey approaching the West coast of the Isle of Wight at the moment, appears to have come from Portland, which also apparently is where HMS QE is at anchor currently, wondering if it's landed on the ship for trails. Very rarely see them down south, hoping it turns left and comes close to work, so I can get a view.

Dr Jekyll

21,238 posts

225 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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yellowjack said:
I recall teaching aircraft recognition, and wondering why the juddering fk we had to teach the "NATO reporting names" of all 'their' aircraft. How hard is it to say "Mig-21", ffs? Why is it any easier to say "Fishbed"?

I also recall the regular 'Threat' magazine we used to get issued in units to keep us updated with developments in Soviet Bloc equipment. And how it morphed into 'Thriend' magazine when we were warned off for the 1991 Gulf War. Silhouettes of friendly forces and enemy forces kit were suddenly largely identical, which made life interesting out in the desert.
I saw the point of it with the 'Foxbat' though. Brand new Soviet fighter, known to be a MIG, previous MIG as 21 so presumably this was MIG-23, but NATO called it Foxbat. When it turned out it was the MIG-25 and the 23 was totally different there was some confusion, but if everyone called it Foxbat and kept calling it Foxbat we all knew what we meant.
Not that either were a real issue for our Air Training Corps squadron in Essex.

srob

11,082 posts

202 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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tonyvid said:
Unusual to get a track out of Lakenheath

You used to be able to see them on there all the time. I live locally to there and used to love being able to have notice to go in the garden with my camera if something good was coming in!

ducktail_2.7

51 posts

51 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Ash_ said:
There's an Osprey approaching the West coast of the Isle of Wight at the moment, appears to have come from Portland, which also apparently is where HMS QE is at anchor currently, wondering if it's landed on the ship for trails. Very rarely see them down south, hoping it turns left and comes close to work, so I can get a view.
Landed at the HeliOps base, sat around for a few hours before heading back east along the coast.

LHB

7,759 posts

107 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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This 787 was flying not far off it’s quoted ceiling height unless it was some sort of radar glitch.


Rod200SX

7,733 posts

140 months

Thursday 4th March
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My dad sent these through. Couple RAF ones doing their thing but I can't find any info on Snake57, anyone got deets of type of plane etc?


|https://thumbsnap.com/Tj7cxUq4[/url]

Edited by Rod200SX on Thursday 4th March 11:34

LHB

7,759 posts

107 months

Thursday 4th March
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Rod200SX said:
My dad sent these through. Couple RAF ones doing their thing but I can't find any info on Snake57, anyone got deets of type of plane etc?

A snake callsign around there and with that flightplan looks like it will be Shadow R1s

El stovey

37,944 posts

227 months

Thursday 4th March
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LHB said:
This 787 was flying not far off it’s quoted ceiling height unless it was some sort of radar glitch.

43100 Is the maximum certified altitude but the 787 regularly operates at 43000 in normal flights.

If it says something like 42975 on FR24 then the aircraft is actually cruising at 43000ft. Then the 15ft difference might be something to do with the data sent or received to FR24 or maybe a momentary divergence from that altitude. I think you often see aircraft on fr24 not exactly at the cruising levels they’re aiming for tbh.

Edited by El stovey on Thursday 4th March 07:24

Scaleybrat

84 posts

169 months

Thursday 4th March
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LHB said:
Rod200SX said:
My dad sent these through. Couple RAF ones doing their thing but I can't find any info on Snake57, anyone got deets of type of plane etc?

A snake callsign around there and with that flightplan looks like it will be Shadow R1s
Correct, Snake is a 14 Squadron call sign based on a former member, Sqn Ldr Eric Aldrovandi, who now lives in Scotland.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/squadrons-longe...


s2kjock

1,012 posts

111 months

Thursday 4th March
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Scaleybrat said:
LHB said:
Rod200SX said:
My dad sent these through. Couple RAF ones doing their thing but I can't find any info on Snake57, anyone got deets of type of plane etc?

A snake callsign around there and with that flightplan looks like it will be Shadow R1s
Correct, Snake is a 14 Squadron call sign based on a former member, Sqn Ldr Eric Aldrovandi, who now lives in Scotland.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/squadrons-longe...
I'd seen this doing something similar around a couple of sections of the Cairngorms at the weekend.

Are they just training by looking at "stuff" already in these areas, or will they be looking for targets (people) deliberately trying not to be found in conjunction with the exercise?

Krikkit

21,008 posts

145 months

Thursday 4th March
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Dr Jekyll said:
I saw the point of it with the 'Foxbat' though. Brand new Soviet fighter, known to be a MIG, previous MIG as 21 so presumably this was MIG-23, but NATO called it Foxbat. When it turned out it was the MIG-25 and the 23 was totally different there was some confusion, but if everyone called it Foxbat and kept calling it Foxbat we all knew what we meant.
Not that either were a real issue for our Air Training Corps squadron in Essex.
Isn't it also for radio durability? Easy to lose a simple numeric digit over a radio crackle

LotusOmega375D

5,363 posts

117 months

Thursday 4th March
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I know this has been mentioned before, but the age of these active USAF KC135s is incredible. Take this one for example: it first flew 62 years ago in January 1959, which is well over a year BEFORE Vulcan XH558’s first flight.


Total loss

2,128 posts

191 months

Thursday 4th March
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LotusOmega375D said:
I know this has been mentioned before, but the age of these active USAF KC135s is incredible. Take this one for example: it first flew 62 years ago in January 1959, which is well over a year BEFORE Vulcan XH558’s first flight.
I had read before that a KC-135 was the oldest aircraft currently in USAF service, looking it up, it isn't this one! there's older, only just though. 57-1419 being the oldest.

tonyvid

9,406 posts

207 months

Thursday 4th March
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Total loss said:
LotusOmega375D said:
I know this has been mentioned before, but the age of these active USAF KC135s is incredible. Take this one for example: it first flew 62 years ago in January 1959, which is well over a year BEFORE Vulcan XH558’s first flight.
I had read before that a KC-135 was the oldest aircraft currently in USAF service, looking it up, it isn't this one! there's older, only just though. 57-1419 being the oldest.
I try not to think about that every time they fly directly over my house! (I'm to the east of Bury St Eds so under their circuit)