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KenM

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very good Ken

They (three Ospreys with a police helicopter fore and aft) were heading in a NNE direction, trajectory could have been good for Stanstead at 11.35am....finding it difficult to disassociate them from President Trumps arrival soon afterwards.

FWIW am used to police helicopters (their base is just a couple of miles away) and Chinooks going over, with even the odd Apache, but this sound was "different" quite audibly military, albeit not Chinook.

As the roar increased I frantically scanned the horizon not knowing whether it was coming from behind the house or in front of, then with the "noise" overhead I suddenly saw this met.police helicopter appear above the trees.

At this point for a few seconds I couldn't equate the copper chopper with the "noise"....before I could utter WT#...to my relief all became clear, three large UFO's, a quick search on google revealed all...and a tick to boot (x3).
 

Farnboro John

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They (three Ospreys with a police helicopter fore and aft) were heading in a NNE direction, trajectory could have been good for Stanstead at 11.35am....finding it difficult to disassociate them from President Trumps arrival soon afterwards.

FWIW am used to police helicopters (their base is just a couple of miles away) and Chinooks going over, with even the odd Apache, but this sound was "different" quite audibly military, albeit not Chinook.

As the roar increased I frantically scanned the horizon not knowing whether it was coming from behind the house or in front of, then with the "noise" overhead I suddenly saw this met.police helicopter appear above the trees.

At this point for a few seconds I couldn't equate the copper chopper with the "noise"....before I could utter WT#...to my relief all became clear, three large UFO's, a quick search on google revealed all...and a tick to boot (x3).

The green gloss finish with white cheat lines is diagnostic of Trump's support group: he always travels in a conventional helicopter, a VH-60 VIP version of the Blackhawk, and there are always two, partly to avoid an assassin being able to ID the right one for certain. Any pix of the police helos?

John
 

KenM

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The green gloss finish with white cheat lines is diagnostic of Trump's support group: he always travels in a conventional helicopter, a VH-60 VIP version of the Blackhawk, and there are always two, partly to avoid an assassin being able to ID the right one for certain. Any pix of the police helos?

John

Just before they disappeared over the roof.....and image 3 (from the previous days RAF Centenary flypast over Wanstead) F-35's?

Cheers
 

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Farnboro John

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Just before they disappeared over the roof.....and image 3 (from the previous days RAF Centenary flypast over Wanstead) F-35's?

Cheers

Good catch! (Better to catch a police chopper than be caught by one :t:)

Yep, Lightning IIs - three-quarters of the current UK-based element of our fleet!

Cheers

John
 

crazyfingers

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WW2 C-47 operated by the Commemorative Air Force crashed on takeoff on the way to an airshow. Fortunately the all 13 crew members and their passengers survived the crash

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/21/us/historic-airplane-crash-texas-trnd/index.html

"The aircraft, a vintage Douglas C-47 named "Bluebonnet Belle," was on its way to an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when it crashed in the town of Burnet."

I saw their B17 once offering tours and flights out of Bar Harbor, Maine.

Their news report
https://commemorativeairforce.org/contents/109
 
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Mike C

Emeritus President at Burnage Rugby Club
I know the old joke - "when you get to Norfolk you have to set your watch back 10 years" but I’m sitting in the garden of my holiday chalet with a brew and my binoculars and a Fokker Triplane just flew over !!
 

Farnboro John

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Just finishing a busy aviation week that started with RIAT and Flying Legends back-to-back and continued all week with Farnborough including a trade ticket and chalet invite on Thursday (not only free entry and good view but free beer all afternoon). 9081 photos at the first two shows, probably a total of another 2000 during Farnborough. Today I relaxed watching terns and waders at Titchfield Haven.... I have a lot of photo editing (after a huge amount of deleting) to do!

Respective show highlights:

RIAT: BBMF en masse (Lancaster, Dakota, three Spitfires, two Hurricanes) then a 617 Sqn commemorative formation of Lancaster, Tornado and F35 Lightning: also the Ukrainian AF Su27 Flanker.

Flying Legends: 11 Spitfires to open, 4 Buchons (Merlin-engine Me109s as seen in the film Battle of Britain) together; P47 and B17 together; biggest "Balbo" finale for some years with 26 aircraft up.

Farnborough: generally disappointing but perhaps the last flying Harrier I'll ever see and a zonking colour scheme on an Embraer C190 airliner.

As evident from para 1 above, pix later - maybe some time later!

John
 

KenM

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Possibly one for Farnboro John?

Would this be a Harvard Texan....or something different, I've exhausted all reference that I have and on the web, this was the nearest that might match?

Cheers
 

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Farnboro John

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Hi Ken,



Harvard is correct! :)

Regards,

Henning

As a Brit I would also call it a Harvard but as it is painted up as a US aircraft (not sure which service) Texan might be more appropriate, Harvard being a name put on it by our chaps. The study of US nomenclature will make your head spin: our Harvard could also be their AT-6 Texan or in US Navy service an SNJ, for starters....

In some ways birding is easy!

John
 

Hauksen

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Hi John,

The study of US nomenclature will make your head spin: our Harvard could also be their AT-6 Texan or in US Navy service an SNJ, for starters....

Right you are! It gets even more confusing if you consider that the Canadian-built Harvards used by many European countries after the war are often flying in US service colours today.

At least, I didn't mis-identify a Yale this time ... a faux-pas my friends make sure I'll never forget ;-)

Regards,

Henning
 

Farnboro John

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OK, this year's visit to Flying Legends at Duxford: wall-to-wall blisteringly hot and sunny weather (a woman keeled over with heat illness right in front of us and had to be stabilised then removed by ambulance) and a perhaps unintended theme of formations as much as the usual "boom and zoom" of big piston-engine WWII fighters. In keeping with the last few posts I've kept the nomenclature simple, so please don't criticise if an F4U Corsair is actually an FG1!

I've kept it to 10: my as yet unfinished Flickr set is closer to 150, and just wait till I get going on RIAT.....

John

1. Chance-Vought F4U Corsair, post-WWII night fighter variant with 4 20mm cannon instead of 6 fifty-cal Brownings.

2. Pair of Curtiss P40 Warhawks: silver one is a P40C and the desert camouflaged one a P40F (which in the RAF would make it a Kittyhawk, I think!)

3. A Dakota leading three Beech 18s. I'm not going there with the Dak's type number. Possibly the most immaculate formation keeping of the afternoon.

4. Achtung Jager! Two Hispano Ha1112 Buchons - license built Spanish Me109s with Merlin engines - painted in the colours they wore for the film Battle of Britain, if they seem familiar!

5. Achtung Jager 2: four Buchons together, three in Battle of Britain film schemes and the other representing an Me109F that served on the Eastern Front. Four together - I used to get excited by one....
 

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Farnboro John

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The other half of Legends:

1. Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, a big heavy (7 tons) fighter that preceded the introduction of the Mustang but remained alongside it for shorter range missions. Impressive beast.

2. USAF Heritage Flight. Jets at Legends, shock horror. F35A Lightning II leading a P-51D Mustang and a Spitfire Vc - the Americans used quite a few of these under Reverse Lend-Lease when they first joined the war, as none of their fighters were good enough for the European Theatre. The Mustang fixed that (designed to a British spec and with a Merlin, of course - practically a British aircraft!)

3. The Spitfire Vc halfway through a roll: desert camouflage and a rare four-cannon fit. Spitfire and iconic are synonyms.

4. Another Chance-Vought F4U Corsair, this time displaying with a Lockheed P-38 Lightning - both provided by Red Bull and a corking display it was too.

5. Finale: the Duxford Balbo - as many aircraft as possible launching as quickly as possible in a maelstrom of roaring engines and aircraft rising in practically a mass scramble, followed by a parade flypast in formation before dividing into smaller sections and breaking into the circuit to land. 26 aircraft this year, the most for a good while.
 

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Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
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Scotland
Had a amazing day at Scotland’s National Airshow yesterday at The Museum Of Flight. I did get bit teary because it's been years since I've been as I used to go with my Grandpa there. There were great displays and even though it started of wet the day improved amazingly was great to see Red Arrows,Bronco,Vampire,Lancaster & many more . Because of the wet weather some planes like The Spitfire couldn't fly. I managed to get inside a old British Airways BAC1-11 & the famous Corncorde which was my favourite as a kid I will be back next year.
 

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wolfbirder

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The other half of Legends:

1. Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, a big heavy (7 tons) fighter that preceded the introduction of the Mustang but remained alongside it for shorter range missions. Impressive beast.

2. USAF Heritage Flight. Jets at Legends, shock horror. F35A Lightning II leading a P-51D Mustang and a Spitfire Vc - the Americans used quite a few of these under Reverse Lend-Lease when they first joined the war, as none of their fighters were good enough for the European Theatre. The Mustang fixed that (designed to a British spec and with a Merlin, of course - practically a British aircraft!)

3. The Spitfire Vc halfway through a roll: desert camouflage and a rare four-cannon fit. Spitfire and iconic are synonyms.

4. Another Chance-Vought F4U Corsair, this time displaying with a Lockheed P-38 Lightning - both provided by Red Bull and a corking display it was too.

5. Finale: the Duxford Balbo - as many aircraft as possible launching as quickly as possible in a maelstrom of roaring engines and aircraft rising in practically a mass scramble, followed by a parade flypast in formation before dividing into smaller sections and breaking into the circuit to land. 26 aircraft this year, the most for a good while.

More great photos John, love the Corsair and Lightning image, and the Me109s.
 

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
Supporter
Scotland
Today decided to go plane watching at the path I used to with my Grandpa next to Edinburgh Airport had a good time taking these photos and of course memories come back everytime I'm there.











 

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