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Started by rearranged on Aug 4, 2021 10:09:50 AM
Interesting things flying around

What have you seen going past? What are you tracking online? Or just interesting aviation related stuff.

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rearranged - 04 Aug 2021 10:12:01 (#1 of 156)

Just had one of these, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakovlev_Yak-52

and one of these, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanchang_CJ-6 fly past together.

Anchorman - 04 Aug 2021 10:58:29 (#2 of 156)

There was a fascinating programme about electric aeroplanes on TV a few nights ago.

It won't be long before many shorthaul flights are hybrid or all electric

frantastic - 04 Aug 2021 11:00:27 (#3 of 156)

Insert long cable joke here.

Agaliarept - 04 Aug 2021 11:04:08 (#4 of 156)

There a chap round here who owns a Spitfire. FiL informs me it's a modern copy rather than a restored original but he flies it over head most days in the summer.

Pretty sure it's the one used on Alan Partridge recently.

Dementor - 04 Aug 2021 11:05:42 (#5 of 156)

The Yanks experimented with nuclear powered aircraft - the reactor providing the heat in the jet engine combustion stage between the compressor and turbine, rather than producing electricity.

hailesaladdie - 04 Aug 2021 11:07:55 (#6 of 156)

We've got a very odd private vintage aircraft collection nearby, so we get all sorts of weird stuff flying overhead. We do get the odd aircraft over from Duxford, too.

We've also got a major railway line and trunk road, so plenty of police/rail/air ambulance helicopters at any given time!

Verdigris - 04 Aug 2021 10:10:34 (#7 of 156)

There was a fascinating programme about electric aeroplanes on TV a few nights ago.



If that was the one on PBS, I saw it too. Much more advanced than I had realised.

Not seen much/anything over my gaff, for a while. Cloud, cloud, cloud. It was quite interesting when the G7 was on, though. I had a German airforce reconnaissance Airbus going round in circles over the area for days on end. It then sodded off when Angela's took her home.

Thanks for starting the thread, rearranged. Gives me somewhere to post about my spoddish observations.

Jacob_Richter - 04 Aug 2021 11:14:10 (#8 of 156)

Most days we see some big USAF transport arriving or leaving Lakenheath and Spitfires and Hurricanes from Duxford are common.

hailesaladdie - 04 Aug 2021 11:29:01 (#9 of 156)

The parades of black helicopters heading into Chicksands are always rather sinister. Especially if you're walking in the woods round there.

Catspyjamas17 - 04 Aug 2021 11:40:20 (#10 of 156)

We get a Spitfire, sometimes two, coming over, often with a light plane accompanying them most days, sometimes several times a day. Pleasure flights from Biggin Hill.

Verdigris - 04 Aug 2021 10:45:59 (#11 of 156)

Gliders are aloft, locally, at over 3000ft. Looks like it is going to be a good day for sailplanes. Absolutely heaving at Lasham.

Dementor - 04 Aug 2021 11:58:00 (#12 of 156)

There’s a couple of autogyros up today on ADS-B Exchange, I see - they’re always interested me, but I gather if you manage to stall the rotor wing you can drop out of the sky like a stone.

carterbrandon - 04 Aug 2021 12:01:41 (#13 of 156)

The Yanks experimented with nuclear powered aircraft

Their Project Orion was a batshit idea for a spaceship which flew by dropping nukes out the back and boinging its way up to space. They figured the lift would be enormous and payload wouldn't be an issue, so they also planned to go nuts on what it would carry up with it. Basically, stupid amount of heavy armaments.

Jacob_Richter - 04 Aug 2021 12:28:45 (#14 of 156)

Two USAF F-15's directed over chez Richter.

Plus the wind is in the right direction today and I can here the engines on the bases at Mildenhall and Lakenheath. 35 miles away? Noisy buggers.

Verdigris - 04 Aug 2021 11:34:21 (#15 of 156)

The USAF seem to have favoured my house as a route to the Atlantic, from Mildenhall/Lakenheath, since G7. Lot's of Globemasters and Stratotankers but I've not physically seen a single one.

Agaliarept - 04 Aug 2021 13:37:58 (#16 of 156)

I can here the engines on the bases at Mildenhall and Lakenheath. 35 miles away? Noisy buggers.

I grew up in Ardley which is at the end of the runway for Upper Heyford. When the F-111s would come in to land, the whole house used to shake.

As a kid I thought it was brilliant.

rearranged - 04 Aug 2021 13:40:47 (#17 of 156)

The parades of black helicopters heading into Chicksands are always rather sinister. 

For a while there was one coming regularly that showed up as a Dutch police helicopter. I was always curious about who was on it.

rearranged - 04 Aug 2021 13:45:40 (#18 of 156)

What channel was the electric aircraft thing on?

A saw a report a couple of years ago suggesting that the first electric powered commercial flights might be going into service any time now, doing island hopping round Orkney and Shetland.

Verdigris - 04 Aug 2021 12:47:56 (#19 of 156)

PBS America

Dementor - 04 Aug 2021 13:50:48 (#20 of 156)

35 miles away? Noisy buggers.

I regularly hear Chinooks following the M3 going west, and that’s ten miles away - military stuff isn’t as stealthy as you’d think they’d need to be.

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