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Old Thursday 25th July 2019, 15:39   #751
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I guess he was planning to be below 500 feet for the attempted crossing so wouldn't be interfering with any fixed wing or rotary aircraft, whilst not showing up on radar. No different to powered parachutists or hang gliders then, apart from good practice.

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Old Thursday 25th July 2019, 18:10   #752
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I guess he was planning to be below 500 feet for the attempted crossing so wouldn't be interfering with any fixed wing or rotary aircraft, whilst not showing up on radar. No different to powered parachutists or hang gliders then, apart from good practice.
Quite a few aircraft show up on radar less well than you think and particularly low down the coverage is not 100%. When up with my brother we've quite frequently encountered traffic of which the radar information service has given us no indication. You have to keep your eyes peeled and your head turning!

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Old Friday 26th July 2019, 03:31   #753
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Starhopper

Did a drive by of the SpaceX Starhopper at Boca Chica, Texas on July17th after the flameup the night before. And a few more shots from the beach less than 500 meters away. Only other people on the beach when we were there was the Border Patrol and the Turtle Watch.

Thought the Turtle nesting season sign was good. Note that the chain link fence only extends across the immediate front.
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Old Friday 26th July 2019, 11:26   #754
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The RAF allegedly tracked F117 Nighthawks in heavy rain using radar although the information was classified until the type went out of service.....so i heard.

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Old Friday 26th July 2019, 12:13   #755
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I remember some talk about this whilst the Nighthawk was operational Laurie. The only one brought down by enemy fire was just pure luck I believe through blanket AAA . Heard that although the type is retired, they are stored in a state of readiness if needed. One seen flying recently by some enthusiasts.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...yiEc_y-askXT-P

Guess the RAF Lightning II performance and stealth capabilities are also affected by weather conditions ( underneath cloud and precipitation ).

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Shot down over Bosnia iirc by a ‘Golden BB’ and i think pilot taken prisoner. One crashed and burnt at an airshow in the States...

I remember seeing a pair on their first post-Gulf showing in the UK at Fairford The Yanks went over the top with security. One was the flying display plane and the other was the visual display one. There was 4 armed guards inside the metal barriers surrounding it wth prominent signs stating ‘Use Of Deadly Force Authorised’

A far cry from the previous couple of years when you could walk under the bomb bays of B1’s and B52’s and talk to the crews. My son even handled a 30mm cannon round from an A10. Nowadays they hardly send a Jet

I had to laugh at one of the shows (in the days when you parked on the base) we used to stay when the event was over and listen to the band whilst revisiting some of the aircraft as the traffic cleared - we generally left when our ran out I had a good bimble with the Dog and even took her inside a fantastic C5 Galaxy that had both ends open. In the meantime my son got a guided tour of a Nimrod from the crew I was approached by RAF Regiment types and told i was lucky as dogs are not allowed on base but here we were

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Old Monday 29th July 2019, 15:32   #757
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On Saturday I attended Scotland's National Airshow in East Fortune. Sadly it wasn't the best Airshow with lots of aircraft cancelling due to the poor weather we had it was wet but still had a fun day. Hope next year will be better weather I still enjoyed being on The Concorde (my favourite) and The Comet. It was rather strange seeing Star Wars characters walking about. I’m glad despite the weather it stayed dry I don’t think I would have stayed long if it was wet all day but I did see a few Swallows flying about.
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Old Monday 29th July 2019, 16:40   #758
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Shot down over Bosnia iirc by a ‘Golden BB’ and i think pilot taken prisoner. One crashed and burnt at an airshow in the States...
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Rescued before capture by USAF S&R team, amazing story.

Also remember sitting outside in a nearby pub garden close to Fairford when the 2 Nighthawks overflew the runway and broke left directly overhead to make final landing approach. They sounded so different to anything else I'd ever heard.
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Old Saturday 3rd August 2019, 18:30   #759
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He's giving it another go.......

https://news.sky.com/story/hoverboar...tempt-11776748
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Old Saturday 3rd August 2019, 18:32   #760
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On Saturday I attended Scotland's National Airshow in East Fortune. Sadly it wasn't the best Airshow
Just seen photographs of a Mig 15 that flew, fantastic colour scheme. Now that's a proper fast jet of my childhood, though never seen by me.

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Trailer just now for a series called Fighter Pilots, the real Top Gun. ITV starting in August. Clip showed RAF F35s.
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Just found this photo that I took at the airport in Riga, Latvia a few years ago, Antonov species I presume?
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Just found this photo that I took at the airport in Riga, Latvia a few years ago, Antonov species I presume?
Ilyushin is the other big player and the correct answer in this case: an IL76, NATO reporting name Candid. Cold War classic still in service in large numbers in e.g. Ukraine.

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Many thanks John as ever.
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I know it is out of service but despite the high-tech and compound angles the F117 Nighthawk had lightweight refactory bricks to absorb the heat signature from the engines

Locally a raucous ‘throaty’ Strikemaster went over last Saturday, or was it Friday, these Cold War jets have a distinct sound imo

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Old Thursday 29th August 2019, 14:54   #766
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I was working in the garden a few minutes ago and looked up to see two of these going over. Had to run in for the camera to get a couple of shots before they were gone. Makes a change from the normal F15's from Lakenheath.
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Old Thursday 29th August 2019, 15:06   #767
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Luckily you had blue skies, I will just have to settle for a pair of F35s low over the house returning to Marham (1555hrs).
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Had 2 B2’s locally a few years ago outside a pub supping a after birding, they were turning and waiting for a refueler from Mildenhall - they were enroute back to the US from Diego Garcia and taking on gas to get over the pond

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Anyone tell me what this is, Uganda.
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Being that part of the World it has to be a Soviet chopper surely?
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A Hind / Mil gunship, which one I'm not sure.

Mil 24 according to t'internet.

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The Hind D is the most widley used type and Uganda is listed as an operater of it

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Being that part of the World it has to be a Soviet chopper surely?
The Chinese are massively involved here now too.
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An ID required on this one.

I was on the beach near the naval base at Rota in SW Spain a couple of weeks ago. A Cessna 650 Citation VII with standard Armada markings passed over several times with its wheels down on the approach, presumably doing 'touch and goes'. When I saw this come in from the sea I thought it was the Cessna on another approach. It's superficially similar, but the cockpit profile is different and it has wing tip winglets and a high tail.

Not an ID marking or even national marking or registration to be seen apart from the three-digit tail number 151.

Any ideas?
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