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  • Big increase in military flights
  • Premier Icon CountZero
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    I’d love to see an Osprey in person. Not seen one yet.

    Feathered or military? Lucky enough to have seen both around my home town.
    Those C5’s are huge, but not compared to the Antonov AN-225, which is the heaviest aircraft ever built.
    Used to see the smaller Antonov cargo planes flying over from time to time, on approach to Lyneham when they were helping with logistics to Afghanistan and the middle-east.
    Really sad when Lyneham closed, all sorts of interesting stuff would fly in and out, always fun trying to work out what was going over at night, long before those tracking sites were available.
    Had an RAF Jaguar try to land on Hungerdown Lane, what was then the A350, which is a few metres up the road from me! Foggy night, thought the street lights were the landing lights for Lyneham, which is about ten miles away, got to about 100 feet off the deck, realised his error, and slammed the reheats on! Made a hell of a racket, my mum woke up screaming! Apparently the pilot was given a bit of a lecture…
    Stupid decision to close it and move everything to Brize, bigger base, better infrastructure and better road access, but politics wins, it was planned that Lyneham would become an engineering tri-services training base for army, navy and airforce, then that fell apart and now it’s just army.
    With tracking sites available it would have been so much more interesting watching what was going on if it was still open.

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    Lyneham was supposed to be tri-service but from what I hear the Navy wanted it at sultan and the RAF wanted to do their own thing (as usual) so they pulled out leaving the army on their own.

    Mind you, bordon (the reason I left) and Arborfield were pretty miserable. Mates say Lyneham is spot on.

    Premier Icon kcal
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    Those Typhoons go quite high – saw one up through 30k, 40k, 50k – now down again.

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    U2 coming up over Stoke on Trent

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    Antonov An-225 Mriya (biggest aircraft in the world) just flew West to East from Ireland over Newcastle, currently heading out to North Sea.

    F35 Lightnings also playing around in Norfolk

    carlos
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    U2 at 60K feet heading east over Denmark atm too

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    U2 at 60K feet heading east over Denmark atm too

    Good spot, that is the first time I’ve ever seen one on the site

    Can’t see the U2 anymore, but there is an RAF Typhoon heading east over Poland. Seems to be way out of it’s usual stomping ground of the N Sea, it’s also on a similar track to the U2, albeit 30000ft lower.
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    There are RAF Typhoons based in Lithuania at the moment

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/raf-typhoons-begin-nato-air-policing-mission-in-lithuania

    Ooft.

    Was anyone watching this one?…..

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-53051055

    Premier Icon nstpaul
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    Not tracking that one but was looking at flight radar this morning about 9 checking our our Monday crew change chopper flight and noticed a Norwegian crew change chopper south east of us doing a strange flight pattern (circling) for about half an hour a thought it a bit strange. For reference we are right on the division between UK/Norwegian sectors due east of Edinburgh

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    Lots of activity off the NE coast of Norfolk, two Boeing KC-135 tankers flying patterns outside of normal Air to Air Refuelling Areas.

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    There’s a F-15 down. I guess they’re looking for the pilot.

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-53051055

    Yep, I wondered what the hell was going on, there was suddenly a massive search type pattern being flown by two K35 refuelling tankers and an E3 AWACS.

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    Hunter out and about from Scampton by the looks of it:

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    Yep, I wondered what the hell was going on, there was suddenly a massive search type pattern being flown by two K35 refuelling tankers and an E3 AWACS.

    There’s still a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker out in the North Sea, and an RC-135 Rivet Joint surveillance and communications jet out there as well. I haven’t seen any specifics yet, so I don’t know if the pilot ejected safely. Hope so. 😕

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    Still no news on the pilot but they’ve found the crash site.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-53051055

    Premier Icon kneebiscuit
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    Sadly not good news. The pilot has been found and didn’t make it.

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    Guardian reports that pilot has been found dead.

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    Sad news, that. ☹️

    carlos
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    Q4 @55000 ft and it isnt an Audi. Flying over Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo sort of area

    Quick google suggests it’s a  Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_Grumman_RQ-4_Global_Hawk

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    Large number of Chinook flights up and down the valley this week. Pairs every evening, then this morning 4 of them flew up in an offset line about 100 foot up. Very impressive but no camera! 2 hours later 2 of them came back down the valley, so I have no idea what they did with the other 2.

    Pic from the patio!

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