Flightradar 24 and Marine spotting odds and sods.

We've been watching/listening again. Theres a Global Hawk in the area now as well.

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9.414

War Hero
With the news reporting Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian border and political warnings being made I am sure there is lots to see and hear and we will see this more regularly. I suspect they are doing the missions with pingers pinging it is making it clear to Vlad that they are there and they know what is going on.
 

9.414

War Hero
It also says Alenia big fat freighter, not sleek fighter!

There have been some funny photos recently since they changed to link to aircraft rather than type.
 

Ritch

LE
The Red Arrows are up from Scampton. Red 4 transmitting.

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R0B

War Hero
The third issue is very specialised and involves a wee bastard called Cladinosporum Resinae (the useless shit I remember). It’s a fungus that lives on tank walls and feeds on the hydrocarbon in the fuel but needs water so usually is found at the boundary between fuel and water in the sump. It breaks up and can clog filters. Draining the water helps but this stuff can live on water dissolved in the fuel so chunks of Strontium are bolted into the tanks which pisses on its fuse apparently.

Haven't heard Cladinosporum Resinae for a while. We used to have to dip the tanks and test for water at the bottom of the tanks if any was found there was another test to look for Cladinosporum Resinae but it lives in the interface between the fuel and water so is very hard to get to.
 
Haven't heard Cladinosporum Resinae for a while. We used to have to dip the tanks and test for water at the bottom of the tanks if any was found there was another test to look for Cladinosporum Resinae but it lives in the interface between the fuel and water so is very hard to get to.
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Prior to and on completion of refuelling on offshore installations the fuel from the hose is sampled by these babies. Fuel is squirted through the capsule by a syringe and if water is present the yellow core goes dark green. The deck crew show the result to the helicopter crew.
Can be a right bastard to get a good result when it’s lashing with rain.
 
Apparently some refuelling systems are now fitted with a filter filled with a gel that instantly expands on contact with water and stops the fuel flow. Good idea on paper.

It gets less clever when the filter ruptures and all the gel goes into the tank and instantly does its thing on contact with the small amount of water in the tank.

It gets bloody silly when the blissfully unaware crew try and start the engines and pump the goo all round the entire engine and fuel supply system.

Somewhere in India, a couple of years ago, to a mate.

One of the Engineers who went out to sort it all out described it as looking like the aftermath of a hot tub bukake party. I didn’t bother asking him how he knew this. Must be an Engineer thing @Lindermyer ?
 

Ritch

LE
A F35 is tootling round Plymouth at the moment.

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Also, FORTE10 is back up again seeing the sights in the Ukraine.

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Ritch

LE
And it's not often you see these flying in the UK. A Ilyushin Il-76 into Stansted.

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R0B

War Hero
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Prior to and on completion of refuelling on offshore installations the fuel from the hose is sampled by these babies. Fuel is squirted through the capsule by a syringe and if water is present the yellow core goes dark green. The deck crew show the result to the helicopter crew.
Can be a right bastard to get a good result when it’s lashing with rain.

Yes, I remember them. I still have couple of 40 year old tubes in the garage and the syringe that they plugged into.
 
A pair of Algerian Il-76 routing from Moscow, presumably back to Boufarik Air Base, Algeria

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A Chinnok doing 700ft down the river Thames, plus 2 x H60 Blackhawks just lifted for near Regents Park? Some exercise?

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Ritch

LE
A nice steady rate of climb by Razor032 off the east coast!

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