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What's flying over your house? Thread #2

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Wednesday afternoon, unmistakable shape of a B-52 at a medium altitude over March, Cambs. heading in a westerly direction. Always an impressive sight.

 

Just found out there is a deployment of approx six B-52's to Fairford. A bit too far away for me to pop over for a look. Maybe someone will post a few pictures.........

 

 

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Yesterday's glorious weather brought out a host of butterflies. I saw several peacocks (most of which looked quite ragged from their hibernation), a red admiral, a couple of large whites but most numerous were the brimstones, their sulphurous green-yellow looking almost fluorescent in the bright sunlight.

 

I also noticed what I'm pretty sure was a Luscombe Silvaire, an attractive, high wing monoplane in green with gold trim and registration. 

 

Whilst my my head was tilted upwards, I couldn't help but notice that the sky was the most beautiful shade of blue I'd ever seen. 

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Sitting out in the garden on a sparkling early spring morning reading my copy of Aeroplane and enjoying a cappuccino. There was a familiar sound overhead. At first I thought it was the local aeroclub Cessna Hawk XP. But no it is a Reims Rocket of the Irish Air Corps circling overhead the city. 

It was a regular sight a few years ago flying topcover for who knows what but not lately. 

The Reims Rockets entered service 47 years ago but are about to be pensioned off soon. They're the last piston engined aircraft in Air Corps service. So end of an era. 

I wonder if they'll be sold on the civilian market? They would be relatively cheap warbirds. They even had rocket rails at one point. 

 

 

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My wife reported to me earlier this evening of two possibly three fast jets flying west to east LOW over West Sussex near the Horsham area below the Gatwick zone. at around 5:10 pm today (28.03/19)   Is there anyone here on BM  living along this route who may have seen them??

The only kind of description she could give me was the tail area had lots of 'pointy upright bits stickin out' that I take to be tail fin or fins. She did say she thought they could have been F-15( the only one she could think of).

 

Can anyone help??

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Found out with regard to my post above(1654) on what my wife saw the other week, they were a pair of Eagles. All part of some NATO Exercise. They were mentioned in my local paper last week.

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The po-po (as I believe the young people say). They've been circling overhead for quite some time now, even had a ground unit searching nearby. Just heard that an eight year old kid has gone missing from a neighbouring village and that the police are everywhere. I hope they find them safe and well.

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AR501 doing an impromptu air display right overhead. That Merlin sounded positively glorious!

 

BTW I believe they found the kid safe and well.

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Lucky you, I do miss the sound of a Merlin. At 1600 today a Mirage 2000 flew over heading east at about 300ft agl ( assuming that our oak trees are  about 150ft ). First one this year and it's April ! 

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Not at home but near work, a Westland Wasp then later one of Boultbee Aviation's Spitfires, both were heading east from Lee on Solent towards Goodwood.

 

We often see the Spitfires so for once, they weren't the rarity.

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Not exactly over the house but was sitting enjoying a glass of chilled white and some Tapas at the sea shore cantina in Puerto Pollença, Majorca this afternoon when the noise of aero engines starting up penetrated my consciousness. Funny I thought as Palma airport is a long way off across the island and that’s like, almost next door. 

A look up from the grub spotted a Canadair CL-415 making its way down the slip into the bay. It proceeded to take off and circle round presumably on a training flight for about an hour. It alighted back and after a short while out of the water (refuelling?) it took off again and headed off. I am guessing the massive shore side building is a hanger. 

Nice to see it while enjoying sea, sun and a holiday late lunch. Especially as I have seen Catalinas and other floaty types flying but never a water take off and landing before. Got some average iPhone pics and second take off on video. 

Back tomorrow courtesy of Jet2. 

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Shuttleworth's Lysander has been flying around this afternoon. As soon as I heard the engine I knew it was something special.

This is very much the Lysander's home territory, with Tempsford being just a couple of miles away.

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Of late, had a gaggle of military copters of late and the occasional flight in and out of Gamston airport, which is about 3 miles away.

 

However I worked on a nightshift, finishing on the morning of the flypast for the 75th of the crew of "Mi Amigoes" at Sheffield.  I didn't go to bed when I got home though, I stayed up for an hour or so to watch the form up.

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