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A bunch of T-38s over Witchita Falls
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In January 1976 when I was 17 two Harrier Jump Jets on a training flight collided over Cheshire.

Both pilots were killed and wreckage landed for miles.
Nobody on the ground was killed or even injured but there were some frights. The Gran of one of my college mates found an engine in her front garden.

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All the Cheshire places mentioned in the article are on our bike rides.
That's an expensive mistake, sheesh.
 

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A Janet Airlines flight heading for Vegas that seems to originate in a dry lake bed in the middle of nowhere.... I can't imagine what can possibly be there.
And where the hell did those black helicopters outside my house come from? They don't appear on Flightradar.

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A Janet Airlines flight heading for Vegas that seems to originate in a dry lake bed in the middle of nowhere.... I can't imagine what can possibly be there.
And where the hell did those black helicopters outside my house come from? They don't appear on Flightradar.

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I was only joking but I looked out the window a few minutes ago and saw bright landing lights, checked Flightradar and there was nothing in my area! Now the lights have gone :omg:
 

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I was only joking but I looked out the window a few minutes ago and saw bright landing lights, checked Flightradar and there was nothing in my area! Now the lights have gone :omg:
An aircraft with its transponder turned off? I think the tracks on FlightRadar are all based on ADS-B data received from transponders on the aircraft. An aircraft may turn this off, or it may not be functioning.
 

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An aircraft with its transponder turned off? I think the tracks on FlightRadar are all based on ADS-B data received from transponders on the aircraft. An aircraft may turn this off, or it may not be functioning.
That's what they want us to think :)

I was watching a Typhoon last night on Flightradar and it was circling my area and then headed up north then just vanished. I assume they turned off the transponder or we have a North Sea Triangle now.
 

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Just had a couple of USAF Hercules fly over
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(1) It was a poor excuse for a working helipad to begin with - consisting solely of rubber matting apparently laid on open ground and not (or at least ineffectively) anchored down.

(2) The Osprey wasn't taking off from this so-called helipad. It had landed next to it on the grass. To my mind the bigger mystery is why the Osprey's comparable downwash during landing didn't scatter the matting earlier.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zo...nwash-absolutely-demolish-a-hospitals-helipad
 

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Am I the only one who, despite it being a thread about planes and despite being familiar with the plane in question, was still wondering how the downdraft from a big bird can do such damage?
 

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If it's flapping wings generate a 90 mph downdraft and a 20 tone force it's no wonder things
take to the air :)
The air ambulance copter weighs about 2.5 ton and they fire stones about like bullets if you get
a bit close.
 

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Am I the only one who, despite it being a thread about planes and despite being familiar with the plane in question, was still wondering how the downdraft from a big bird can do such damage?

It weighs about 18 tons, therefore it has to “push down” that amount in order to take off.

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2 pilots have been taken to hospital after an historic Hawker Sea Fury crashed near Yeovil.

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An historic Hawker Sea Fury plane has crashed in a field near a naval base in Somerset.

The plane made a "precautionary forced landing" next to RNAS Yeovilton on Wednesday afternoon.

Navy Wings, which operates the Sea Fury T.20, said the pilots had been taken to hospital as a precaution.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-56920390
 

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World's largest plane makes 2nd test flight.

Stratolaunch flies world's largest airplane on 2nd test flight
By Mike Wall about 22 hours ago
The Roc stayed aloft for 3 hours and 14 minutes today (April 29).


The biggest airplane ever built now has two flights under its belt.
Stratolaunch's Roc carrier plane, which is being groomed to haul hypersonic vehicles aloft, conducted its second-ever test flight Thursday morning (April 29).
The giant aircraft, which features a wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters), took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in southeastern California at 10:28 a.m. EDT (1428 GMT; 7:28 local California time) on a data-gathering shakeout cruise that lasted three hours and 14 minutes.

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I'd like to try and spot the massive Antonov An-225 - any of you spotters know how to get future flight plans?
 

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I'd like to try and spot the massive Antonov An-225 - any of you spotters know how to get future flight plans?

Flightradar seems your best bet but I reckon it'll cost!
 

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Stratolaunch's Roc carrier plane, which is being groomed to haul hypersonic vehicles aloft

Does this mean they put hypersonic vehicles under its nose so it gets used to seeing them, before attaching for periods on the ground?

I imagine a Roc might do terrible damage if it panicked at the unfamiliar (and presumably unnaturally fast) craft?

Dont ask me how planes work; never seen one close to.
 

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I had a lucky chance in the late 1950s to fly on a American Airlines Lockheed L-188 Electra.

The passengers were dressed in their finest, the seats were big, and the food really good.

But the greatest of all was a huge area in the back of the plane where people could smoke all that they wanted.

Today people are put on planes as cattle in railroad car.
 

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Reading accounts of 30s airlines too.

(And the Brabazon)

People put up with it. If they did not, then airlines might treat them better.
 

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I laugh when I think about air travel in the past.

You went to the ticket counter and bought a ticket.

You walked out to your plane sitting off the runway and climbed the movable staircase.

A nice stewardess took your ticket and you found a seat.

At the right time, the door was closed, the pilot warm up the engines, and you were off down the runway.

At night one could see the blue flame exhaust out of the piston exhaust tubes.

Just think about what air travel has turned into today.
 

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I once turned up at a small airport rang the bell on the booking desk and 3
older blokes turned up very smartly dressed in the airline uniform,
one was missing a arm another a leg and the third had a eye missing,
for some reason I immediately decided they were ex pilots and for some
strange reason I went off flying that day, I kid you not.
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There's a gaggle of military stuff out over the North sea and just south of them a
Jet2 Holidays aircraft flying a race track it's come out of Manchester so could be
dumping fuel to get back to a safe landing weight.
 

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In the 1950s the largest city near us was Nashville, Tennessee, and the airport by today standards was rural.

The 1950s airport was unsophisticated and laid back, having mostly Martin 404 twin engine piston planes coming

and going.

Then came the American Airlines Lockheed Electra L-188, and everyone went wow !

Then came the big Boeing 707 jet, and so on into the jet age.

Today Nashville is a huge international airport, but covid stopped the non stop flights to London.

Maybe American will start the London flights again ?
 

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Planes over Cheshire! :D

The weird and wonderful aircraft spotted above Cheshire

Cheshire residents have been treated to a number of sights in the sky in recent years.

The air above the county has played host to several weird and wonderful aircraft, all passing by for different reasons.

Key mentions include an old Soviet-era airplane flying from Morocco to Liverpool in 2019.

Another notable sighting includes a Spitfire taking to the county's skies in 2020 to celebrate the NHS.

We've taken a look at some of the weird and wonderful planes and helicopters spotted in the sky above Cheshire.

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There's a nice current BBC4 series called Skies above Britain. :D
 
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