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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #15 on: 09 July 2018, 22:05:43 »

Saw a 747 which looked as though it was flying into Mildenhall yesterday. Maybe a dry run for Donald, (unless he,s holed up there already). Also today there was a military chopper, (not sure what make :-[) very low over the A143 coming home from Diss.

Civil 747's are relatively common into Mildenhall - It's cheaper to hire them than the USAF using their own transport types (C-17/C-5). This one was nothing to do with "The Donald". The only known expected movement is the "Escape Jet" (A Military B757 09-0015) which arrived about an hour or so ago. They'll probably squirrel that away in a base hangar somewhere. "The Donald" is due into Brussels late Wednesday/Early Thursday on AF-1, and will fly later in the day to Stansted.

Can't help with the chopper over the A143 - there are dozens of them based at Wattisham.
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #16 on: 09 July 2018, 22:53:13 »

On Sunday at about middayish I heard loud aircraft noises so went out to see and there was what looked like an airliner and 2 fighter jets heading east.  It looked like they were escorting the airliner, but as I watched another large plane appeared and so there were 2 large planes and 2 fighters.

I assumed then that they were RAF?  :-\  ???
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #17 on: 10 July 2018, 06:35:14 »

Would anyone know if the flypast is likely to be over Witham, or will I have to go somewhere else to see it?

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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #18 on: 10 July 2018, 08:20:43 »

The ones I have observed in the past have flown straight down the A12 Ron, so I would think you will see them.
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #19 on: 10 July 2018, 09:31:06 »

Thanks Albs: the usual navigational aid then - follow the railway line!  ;D

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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #20 on: 10 July 2018, 09:48:28 »

Thanks Albs: the usual navigational aid then - follow the railway line!  ;D

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I know a chap who got lost on his qualifying helicopter flight... From Shoreham to Redhill...

He eventually found the M23/M25 junction and was able to figure out where he was ;D
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #21 on: 10 July 2018, 09:57:19 »

Thanks Albs: the usual navigational aid then - follow the railway line!  ;D

Ron.
I know a chap who got lost on his qualifying helicopter flight... From Shoreham to Redhill...

He eventually found the M23/M25 junction and was able to figure out where he was ;D


I know someone who regularly used binoculars and a roadmap for navigation :o
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #22 on: 10 July 2018, 10:03:07 »

Heard a story a while back of a US navy F18 pilot who used his smart watch c/w google maps to navigate home after yet another cabin pressurisation problem had frosted up the inside of the cockpit and totally screwed up all the glass displays  :(

Apparently the poor bugger was in quite a bad way with frostbite by the time he got back  :(
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #23 on: 10 July 2018, 10:41:12 »

Speaking of aircraft, is there a source of 'touch and go' landings? Going home last night via Hatton Cross as usual, as we came to the BP garage I had a lovely view of a Etihad A380 coming into land, looking rather smart in their gold livery.

Perfect timing as we drove past had a great view of it coming into land, but then I noticed it almost taking off straight away again. Sure it did a touch and go, there were reports of a fire near the airport but other aircraft were also taking off.

Car share buddy thought another aircraft was taxing on hence the sudden take off  :o

We watched it loop around as we made our way to M25, it was last night at around 6pm.
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #24 on: 10 July 2018, 10:50:38 »

Probably just an unstable approach for some reason. Better to go around and have another go.

Unless you're flying a glider. ::)
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #25 on: 10 July 2018, 11:20:41 »

Aborted landings are reasonably common... Two or three go arounds a day at Gatwick... Reasons are anything from a ditherer taking off all the way through to a brain fart*. :D

When it's busy, it's not unusual for arrivals separation to slip a bit. I vaguely recall an apt mantra from learning to sail... If in doubt, go about. Basically, you'll only opps it up once, but by taking a step back, you will get another go. :y

*Brain fart being the technical term...
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #26 on: 10 July 2018, 13:11:15 »

That all went well. I particularly like the '100' formation.  :y
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #27 on: 10 July 2018, 13:14:44 »

Just watched them go past in the distance from the bedroom window. Not close enough to see any detail apart from big and small.
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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #28 on: 10 July 2018, 13:23:01 »

 I was standing on the roof of the Uni and saw several of them in the distance, west side of Colchester

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Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« Reply #29 on: 10 July 2018, 13:48:35 »

I might have been out nearly 30 years but seeing that lot still brought a lump to my throat  :)

I must say, I don't know who the Man Waaf was who was taking the parade but I wouldn't argue with her  ;D
It first glance, I thought Camila had squeezed into a uniform and sneaked out there  ;D
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