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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5325 on: March 15, 2019, 09:53:56 am »
The problem with Flightradar24 is that it relies on a/c transmitting on ADS-B which does give a lot of information to whoever is looking at it. Military types, especially operational ones, tend not to use ADS-B for this reason.
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5326 on: March 15, 2019, 11:16:11 am »
A couple of yawn darts y'day and today, and a C-130 doing touch and goes at ACY y'day as well.
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5327 on: March 15, 2019, 09:32:15 pm »
Bushfires in Gippsland meant footage on the TV news of Coulson Aviation's 737 Fireliner dropping retardant.

Not my picture.

How about that as a build Brad C?  You could model it in flight with the retardant replicated by dyed cotton wool and hiding the support.

Zigactly what I plan (eventually  :rolleyes:) for my 'Always' A-26... just have to get the nerve and enthusiasm to shave and sand the Airfix kit (again...  :banghead:)

And yeah, the Italeri kit is MUCH nicer and smooth too, but 1. I have a couple of cheap Airfix kits, and 2. the Italeri isn't readily available here at present...

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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5328 on: March 25, 2019, 06:54:26 pm »
Since I basically like in Grand Junction now.....

KC-10 overhead yesterday.



This Avenger flew over today



And this was cool, an F-18 on finals while the Avenger is turning in. The Final Countdown !

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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5329 on: March 28, 2019, 10:41:45 am »
Young Rheged and I went off to Abergavenny today (decent model shop).  On the way home, near the village of Talgarth, a couple of gliders and then a third one in tow by an unspecified low wing single engine aircraft.  As I was driving and not in a place where I could stop I'm afraid that no more positive ID could be managed.
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5330 on: March 28, 2019, 12:07:28 pm »
a third one in tow by an unspecified low wing single engine aircraft. 

I suspect it would have been a Piper Pawnee tow plane. As these are no longer in use as crop dusters a lot of them are now used by glider clubs,
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5331 on: March 28, 2019, 02:51:21 pm »
a third one in tow by an unspecified low wing single engine aircraft. 

I suspect it would have been a Piper Pawnee tow plane. As these are no longer in use as crop dusters a lot of them are now used by glider clubs,


More than likely it would have been from the Black Mountains Club, as it was nr Talgarth, and both they and the nearby Usk club have Pawnees. The Usk club used to have a Wilga, but there's NO way that could be 'low wing'.  :o
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5332 on: March 28, 2019, 08:15:12 pm »
Another rare bird spotted today !

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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5333 on: March 31, 2019, 04:40:59 am »
Picture doesn't do it justice! Right over the house, damn near. A KC-135. Not sure why it's even here but it did circles around the airport for about half an hour. It was just long enough for me to drive home and take this picture the very second I pulled up..... it was apparently on final and landed right after this so I got lucky. 

Anyway...  nothing with 4 engines ever comes here so it's a rare treat to see it flying around. Last time something with 4 engines was here was that Galaxy I found at the airport but I didn't get to see it flying. I saw this one flying and at one point it went directly over head. I was in traffic, so I didn't take a picture... but it was awesome.

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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5334 on: March 31, 2019, 09:06:16 pm »
Cool. One of my favourite aeros. Always great to see !
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5335 on: April 01, 2019, 04:32:12 am »
While staying with my friends in Northants, the sky this morning has been filled with red kites. Not the sort that are on strings, the sort that flaps, or rather DON'T flap!  :o

They're amazing birds, they can thermal soar for ages with out a sign of moving their wings, and they just go round and round, amazing. They also seem to prefer turning left for some reason, and very rarely reverse their turns, I wonder why?
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5336 on: April 01, 2019, 06:36:30 am »

They're amazing birds, they can thermal soar for ages with out a sign of moving their wings, and they just go round and round, amazing. They also seem to prefer turning left for some reason, and very rarely reverse their turns, I wonder why?

Do thermals predominately turn in the one direction ? Something in my brain says they do, but it's been known to be wrong a few times before  :rolleyes:
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5337 on: April 01, 2019, 07:56:16 am »

They're amazing birds, they can thermal soar for ages with out a sign of moving their wings, and they just go round and round, amazing. They also seem to prefer turning left for some reason, and very rarely reverse their turns, I wonder why?

Do thermals predominately turn in the one direction ? Something in my brain says they do, but it's been known to be wrong a few times before  :rolleyes:

Most weather systems, big and small, rotate anti(counter)-clockwise (at least in the northern hemisphere). When gliders/sailplanes soar, do they fly into the wind or with the wind ? Birds I think would fly with the wind.
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5338 on: April 01, 2019, 09:11:16 am »
Thermals don't turn at all normally, they just go up in general. When gliding and you hit a thermal you turn toward the lift to try and centre the aircraft in the thermal, so if your port wing give a nudge upwards and the variometer goes up a tad you turn to port, and vice versa.

If the weather systems do turn it's on a vast scale, and thermals are relatively small by comparison.

Once, while flying the highest performance sailplane I've ever flown, a Duo Discus, I turned to port into just such a thermal, and to my amazement there was a red kite directly opposite about 25 yards away turning in the same thermal! He was looking across at the Discus thinking 'What the devil are you?' no doubt.  ;D
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Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Reply #5339 on: April 01, 2019, 09:22:07 am »
Red kites look magnificent, and there's a FEEDING STATION for released ones about 15 miles west of me. There can be up to 150 of them circling there at times.   They are a successful re-introduction to the UK.  Given the way they are spreading out, Kit may have them above his house in a year or two.
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