Plane-spotting in comfort

tomorton

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This is a thread where T2W people are invited to post up interesting spots on flightradar24.com.

I mentioned the site the other day and got some Likes. The current suspension of so much scheduled air traffic has made the unusual over-flights easier to see (though there are fewer of them).

This might turn out to be the most anorakkie thing I've ever done, feel free to laugh, I can take it. Anyway here's what I see that's interesting right now, concentrating on the UK and especially the SW -

ASCOT119 - RAF Lockheed C-130J Hercules ZH879 from Brize Norton, at 975ft would you believe it, heading NE over Devon.

ETP86 - Avro RJ70 G-ETPK from the Empire Test Pilot's School (yes. there is such a thing) at RAF Bscombe Down: circling over the Channel SE of Weymouth after sortie SW to S of Land's End.

Beech B200 Super King Air - operating from Ostend, flying a never-ending N-S ladder pattern at 16,100ft over Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire etc. Probably aerial surveying.

GAWLI - Piper PA-22-150 Caribbean G-AWLI, a very pretty 1957 vintage 2-seater, just cruising around over South Downs and Sussex coast. An older aircraft than most enthusiasts fly, operates from Shoreham I think, maximum speed somewhat less than a second-hand BMW.

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TARTN39 - Airbus KC2 Voyager (A330-243MRTT) from Brize Norton flying an interesting pattern over the North Sea, could be looking for Russkies !
 
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tomorton

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TARTN39 - Airbus KC2 Voyager (A330-243MRTT) from Brize Norton flying an interesting pattern over the North Sea, could be looking for Russkies !


The RAF Voyagers use interesting ID's - tartan, madras etc. Their "normal" patterns involve NW to Shropshire then NE over the North Sea and then ovals up and down off the coast at 10,000ft. He's finshed in the Norfolk sector and is moving back towards the Tyne area. These are tankers so I guess they are in-flight re-fuelling smaller combat aircraft on training flights.
 
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tomorton

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Also now over Devon, RAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, ZZ171.

These are truly enormous transporters that can carry a 72-ton load! I hope to see this chap making a run-in to Exeter Airport in the next minutes, he's heading the right way and is only at 2,500ft.
 

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. . .I hope to see this chap making a run-in to Exeter Airport in the next minutes, he's heading the right way and is only at 2,500ft.
I can't believe I'm reading this thread.
Dear oh dear oh dear, what has T2W come to and, more importantly, what's it done to me!!! As for you Tom, my advice is don't let Mrs. Orton catch you looking at this stuff: she's probably be happier if you spent your days watching porn. Let's face it, that would be more normal!
:p
 
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tomorton

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I can't believe I'm reading this thread.
Dear oh dear oh dear, what has T2W come to and, more importantly, what's it done to me!!! As for you Tom, my advice is don't let Mrs. Orton catch you looking at this stuff: she's probably be happier if you spent your days watching porn. Let's face it, that would be more normal!
:p


Well the original title of the thread was going to be "porn-spotting in comfort", but I thought better of that idea.....
 
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tomorton

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Also now over Devon, RAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, ZZ171.

These are truly enormous transporters that can carry a 72-ton load! I hope to see this chap making a run-in to Exeter Airport in the next minutes, he's heading the right way and is only at 2,500ft.


Incidentally, this is ID RRR815. Other RAF RRR ID's have been used also recently for personnel transports from Brize Norton, I've seen them on two separate days, flying SE across the Channel and on towards SE France or Italy. This might be normal armed forces deployment / logistics or I wonder if they're repatriating sick people?
 

Signalcalc

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Talking of newish hobbies, I've been researching software-defined radio (before 5G ;)) and all of a sudden trad radio has entered the digital world, track aircraft (listen to them), satellites, weather, listen to chat, telegraph messaging, the list is endless.

All for about £50 !!
 

tomorton

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One you don't see every day -

GUKTV - helicopter icon - tracking N towards London from Surrey - Aerospatiale AS355 F2 Ecureuil 2, G-UKTV - This is a Sky News helicopter

A couple of miles to his NE, on a converging course, a slightly lower altitude, a London air ambulance -
GLNDN - MD-900 Explorer, G-LNDN

Its a quiet day today...
 

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BA168/BAW168
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PVG --> LHR

Passenger 35 looks like they have COVID-19 symptoms and should be tested on arrival.
 
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