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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    Do you have any idea why it was listed as Russian?
    I know why that was...its ICAO hex code comes from a group allocated to Russia (100000 to 1FFFFF)...see link.

    Why it was using that code if it wasn't Russian...I have no idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampire View Post
    Ahhh so they are showing up. There are x6 B52's based at Fairford at the moment, and also a U-2 as well.

    https://youtu.be/zlCoByXOV10
    Apparently the B52s are here for Astral Knight 2020 and there are two U-2Cs visiting (link).

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    I spotted G-LEAF flying back and forth along the south coast and that led me to an Aerial Survey Team

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    Apart from G-TEKV there has been some activity on the French side of the Dover Strait this morning:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampire View Post
    Ahhh so they are showing up. There are x6 B52's based at Fairford at the moment, and also a U-2 as well.

    https://youtu.be/zlCoByXOV10
    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Apparently the B52s are here for Astral Knight 2020 and there are two U-2Cs visiting (link).
    US says Russian military conducted unsafe intercept of B-52 over Black Sea

    Russian military says US and NATO flights near Crimea fuel tensions


    Edit And I wonder where this was going https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c09d:



    ...but I am straying from UK skies.
    Last edited by PickleB; 21st September 2020 at 13:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampire View Post
    Ahhh so they are showing up. There are x6 B52's based at Fairford at the moment, and also a U-2 as well.

    https://youtu.be/zlCoByXOV10
    See link for:

    The four B-52s flying in Europe were the airframes 61-0034, 60-0005, 60-0007 and 60-0056. The B-52H 61-0034/NATO 01 was the only one to use its Mode-S transponder: it could be tracked online during its long trip using the popular flight tracking websites ADSBExchange, PlaneRadar.ru, Airnav RadarBox etc. from RAF Fairford across Eastern Europe to the Black Sea area and then back via (among the others) Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and France.

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    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=ae5889

    That one is doing circuits over Poland now with a number of KC135's and an F16.

    Interesting the tankers all have callsigns MOBIL11, MOBIL65, MOBIL66 etc. :)

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    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=ae5870

    B-52s are out in Poland again, I heard one leaving this morning but didn't see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampire View Post
    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=ae5870

    B-52s are out in Poland again, I heard one leaving this morning but didn't see it.
    A couple more are refuelling over the German Bight: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao...,ae5870,ae0669


    Edit Now they're being joined by a latecomer: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=ae5889
    Last edited by PickleB; 25th September 2020 at 11:35.

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    Not as exciting as a B52, but drone G-CLLU was flying over Thorney Island earlier today.

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    Any ideas as to why these two are in a holding pattern: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=ae5871,ae5881?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Any ideas as to why these two are in a holding pattern: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=ae5871,ae5881?
    https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.u...e-b-52-4550523
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    Out walking this morning I'm sure I caught a glimpse of a Gloster Meteor in the sunshine above the low cumulus. Checking wikipedia on our return shows three airworthy examples in the UK, two registered to Martin-Baker for use as test beds and one to a private owner.

    I've never really had chance to get into flight tracking apps yet and was wondering if someone familiar with them would be good enough to see if it is possible to confirm or refute my sighting.

    It would have been around 11:15 (BST) and we were located just to the south of Worcester at the time. Orientation was difficult but best guess is that it was on a track somewhere to the south of east.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petethegeek View Post
    Out walking this morning I'm sure I caught a glimpse of a Gloster Meteor in the sunshine above the low cumulus. Checking wikipedia on our return shows three airworthy examples in the UK, two registered to Martin-Baker for use as test beds and one to a private owner.

    I've never really had chance to get into flight tracking apps yet and was wondering if someone familiar with them would be good enough to see if it is possible to confirm or refute my sighting.

    It would have been around 11:15 (BST) and we were located just to the south of Worcester at the time. Orientation was difficult but best guess is that it was on a track somewhere to the south of east.
    Well spotted. See https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=406c65 for the track of Meteor T.7 G-JWMA ex WA638 icao id 406C65.


    PS I only found MB's two as airworthy in the UK on Wiki...link...what was the other one, please?

    PPS Maybe this is the explanation...link.
    Last edited by PickleB; 1st October 2020 at 13:16.

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    Thank you PB, especially for the enlightening radar plot.Could I just ask what the colour coding on the track signifies?

    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    PS I only found MB's two as airworthy in the UK on Wiki...link...what was the other one, please?

    PPS Maybe this is the explanation...link.
    The main wiki article on the Gloster Meteor [Link] appears to be out of date and indeed still includes the one which features in the very interesting article you linked to.

    It was certainly an arresting sight, albeit only momentary, accompanied by the wonderfully distinctive sound of its early jet engines. My instinctive guess put it at around 2,000 ft but your plot suggests he was considerably higher.

    Right that's it. I'm off to decide which flight tracker to install. (After checking if the Bremont MBII is still on sales corner that is.)

    PS Just found this piece which includes a short video showing the Martin Baker pair doing the day job - https://theaviationist.com/2020/09/2...teor-aircraft/
    Last edited by petethegeek; 1st October 2020 at 20:50. Reason: Misinterpretation of altitude data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petethegeek View Post
    Thank you PB, especially for the enlightening radar plot.Could I just ask what the colour coding on the track signifies?

    ...
    See www.adsbexchange.com/map-help for:


    Airplane Colors:

    Planes are colored in a gradient of orange to purple then red that give a visual representation of the aircraft’s altitude. Gray aircraft are on the ground and their ADS-B transponder is transmitting in ground mode.

    The tracks retain the colour appropriate to their altitude at the time. I found it a bit confusing trying to work out the relative altitudes until I realised that I could use the colours of the rainbow if I switched red from one end to the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Anyone around Yeovilton?

    There's an unusual Hawker Hunter in the skies at the moment between Yeovilton and Salisbury: https://tar1090.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c925

    It was recovered from Chile and has been refurbished: link.
    It looks like it's on its way home after a visit to Scampton (use the link above).

    Edit Wrong...just a visit to RNAS Culdrose. It looks like it's moved base to Scampton and joined the rest of the HHA fleet.
    Last edited by PickleB; 8th October 2020 at 15:48.

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    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c09c


    Bombardier Sentinel R1 doing 50p.


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    This was yesterday's reporting: Dozens of migrants cross English Channel in 12 boats.

    The air surveillance and ship activity have continued all weekend. Today it's the turn of ZZ417 once again and there are several Border Force vessels, lifeboats and various French vessels between Calais and Dover.

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    The Old Bill must be getting a bit giddy now...

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    This is a strange one. A 767 out of Lakenheath climbing like a rocket
    Last edited by Sinnlover; 19th October 2020 at 20:33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post

    This is a strange one. A 767 out of Lakenheath climbing like a rocket
    The USAF operate the 767 as an A2A tanker (KC-767), so probably one of those heading back home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tooks View Post
    The USAF operate the 767 as an A2A tanker (KC-767), so probably one of those heading back home?
    I wondered that, but the type code is wrong as the KC-46 is B762-based, not the B763 that is shown.
    Could just be data discrepancy of course, but that data does tend to be fairly accurate.

    Just double checked the specific model number and it's an Omni International 767, so probably Mildenhall as a stop over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampire View Post
    Not UK but there's an RQ-4 Global Hawk doing circuits over Lithuania/Latvia this morning:

    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=ae54b6

    Edit: I guess it's flying up and down the border with Belarus.

    There have been x6 B52's at RAF Fairford for a couple of weeks but they haven't shown up on that website once, despite flying over from here to Ukraine almost every day, guess they have their transponders turned off.
    A similar mission today: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=ae27a7

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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c09c


    Bombardier Sentinel R1 doing 50p.

    And again https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c09f

    Last edited by PickleB; 22nd October 2020 at 11:54.

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    Article dated 20 Oct...Exercise Crimson Warrior:

    The largest military exercise to be run by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom for over a decade has begun. Exercise Crimson Warrior will see RAF, Royal Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force fast jets, multi-engine aircraft and helicopters operating from a number of RAF stations across the country.

    At its peak Crimson Warrior will see over 70 aircraft conducting high intensity tactical training together over the North Sea and North East of England...

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    Coastguard and police helicopters circling suspected hijacked tanker off the IW.

    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=406deb

    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=40481e

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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    Coastguard and police helicopters circling suspected hijacked tanker off the IW.

    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=406deb

    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=40481e
    The Coastguard have gone home and so it's only the police circling the ship at the moment (https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=400f2a)...and they've asked for military assistance (BBC link). Nothing showing up at the moment but what with planning time etc maybe it'll be an early morning operation (if needed). Plus there are two lifeboats in the vicinity.
    Last edited by PickleB; 25th October 2020 at 20:20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    The Coastguard have gone home and so it's only the police circling the ship at the moment (https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=400f2a)...and they've asked for military assistance (BBC link). Nothing showing up at the moment but what with planning time etc maybe it'll be an early morning operation (if needed). Plus there are two lifeboats in the vicinity.
    Local radio and now BBC saying seven people detained and it's all over. I heard several heavy helicopters go over, no sign of them on ADS-B.

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    Quick visit by the SBS no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    Quick visit
    Nine minutes apparently, according to the Beeb/MoD.

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    Seven Nigerian stowaways had become violent apparently. Then they met the SBS.

    “Mr Beale said the individuals were detained after they were met with "overwhelming force".”
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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    One of the UK’s two (more are on order) Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft is making a trip south...https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c919.
    Number four ZP804 'Spirit of Reykjavik' is on its way: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c91b
    Last edited by PickleB; 3rd November 2020 at 12:53. Reason: punctuation

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    City of Elgin says "hello."

    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c919

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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c91b,43c919




    And ZP804 is now on the ground.

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    Sub hunting returns to Prestwick Airport:

    ...Prestwick Airport on the west coast of Scotland is no stranger to hosting a variety of visiting military aircraft, but when four US Navy P-8A Poseidons arrived over several days, it certainly got our attention.

    The first aircraft – P-8A 165947 – arrived under the call sign RIDER01 shortly after 8pm on Wednesday 11th November which in itself was not uncommon. US aircraft transiting through Prestwick Airport is almost a daily occurrence with aircraft of all shapes and sizes stopping in for a quick refueling or a night stop to facilitate crew rest and flight hours.

    It wouldn’t be until the following day when things would really start to get interesting. Shortly after 5pm on Thursday 12th November, P-8A 169544 arrived under the call sign RIDER22 with a third aircraft, P-8A 169548, arriving just before 10pm.

    Later that evening things would become a bit clearer when P-8A 169547 departed Prestwick Airport using the call sign PP120 – an operational sortie call sign which pointed towards the aircraft being on a Temporary Duty (TDY) at the Scottish airport.
    The fourth, and suspected last aircraft of this deployment, P-8A 169546 arrived on Friday evening under the non-mission call sign of RIDER17.

    So what’s actually happening?

    Truth be told it’s very much day-to-day business as usual maritime patrol operations for the US and NATO allies with the current COVID-19 pandemic likely playing a hand in the temporary operational deployment to Prestwick Airport, rumored to be for around three to four weeks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    Must admit to finding it amazing that Hunters are still flying.
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    Hunters? Blimming modern. There are still Meteors flying (and working!)

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    An Airbus Beluga from Hamburg: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=394a63

    I wonder where it's going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    An Airbus Beluga from Hamburg: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=394a63

    I wonder where it's going.
    Airbus Broughton, presumably?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk280 View Post
    Airbus Broughton, presumably?
    Thanks for that and you're right, it's descending now. I'd looked online and hadn't seen mention of that facility. Evidently I didn't look hard enough.

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    The Belugas are used to transport the wings made at Broughton (for the A350s) to the main Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse. The new Beluga XL will be able to carry two wings, the previous aircraft only one.

    Wings for the A380 were also made in Broughton but were too large for Beluga transport so were shipped by barge, then made a slow, tortuous road journey to Toulouse.

    I was fortunate to take some students on a tour of Broughton a couple of years ago. The Red Arrows were doing ‘touch & go’ practice on the runway!

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    Two drones over the Straits today, for a while.

    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=407918,4405df

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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    Two drones over the Straits today, for a while.

    https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=407918,4405df
    Another Schiebel Camcopter S-100 similar to:

    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Apart from G-TEKV there has been some activity on the French side of the Dover Strait this morning:

    Can't be sure whether it's come from the UK or France.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Another Schiebel Camcopter S-100 similar to:

    Can't be sure whether it's come from the UK or France.
    Last seen heading back to France:


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