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Flightradar 24

I wasn't actually being sarcastic.

I know. I’m a highly strung professional. Leave me to my paranoia.

More seriously, glad you found it both informative and entertaining.
 

Ritch

LE
I know. I’m a highly strung professional. Leave me to my paranoia.

More seriously, glad you found it both informative and entertaining.

Reminds me of one of my transatlantic flights on the 777-200ER and midflight the meal is being served. One of the flight deck crew came waltzing down the aisle heading to the rear of the plane and this old dear on my row goes to hostess, "Is that the Captain?" The hostess said it was and the oldie goes "Not a very good one, his fly was undone."

Had me and about ten others in silent stitches.
 

9.414

Old-Salt
I haven't experienced anything like that in British military aviation this century. Just culture has been a central tenet for a very long time. Indeed when I did considerable damage to a Gazelle in the 90s there was no comeback (aside from a Form 5 entry in the FRF).
Agreed, as Just Culture is an "aviation thing" both civil and military. It is the rest of the the forces where the unjust culture bit comes naturally ;)
 

Ritch

LE
Possibly taking part in the exercises with US F35's aboard HMS Queen Lizzie, this F35 is tootling about as of 2315.

Also two US Ospreys further west, both rocking "xxxxxx" as a callsign.

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R0B

War Hero
Possibly taking part in the exercises with US F35's aboard HMS Queen Lizzie, this F35 is tootling about as of 2315.

Also two US Ospreys further west, both rocking "xxxxxx" as a callsign.

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The Ospreys are usually KNIFE callsigns but since early in the year they only show up as XXXXXX's. Maybe KNIFE is to long to type in.
 
Currently on Freedar. Doesn't show up on ADS-B Exchange.

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Glad to see he was zig-zagging over the N.Sea; it's a proven way of combating subs.
 
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The B52 has been in and out of Fairford a few times over the last few days.
They were in and out of there a lot more during the Balkans war :)
 
Possibly taking part in the exercises with US F35's aboard HMS Queen Lizzie, this F35 is tootling about as of 2315.

Also two US Ospreys further west, both rocking "xxxxxx" as a callsign.

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Published by: NAVY NEWS, on 23 September 2020.

HMS Queen Elizabeth welcomes UK and US jets for major exercise.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of warplanes ever onto her deck as she prepares to take her place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group.

Two squadrons of F-35B stealth jets, the RAF’s 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) and the US Marines Corps VMFA-211 (The Wake Island Avengers), have joined the 65,000-tonne carrier as she sails for exercises with allies in the North Sea.

With a total of 14 jets and eight Merlin helicopters, it’s the largest concentration of fighter jets to operate at sea from a Royal Navy carrier since HMS Hermes in 1983, and the largest air group of fifth generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world.

In this month’s group exercise, HMS Queen Elizabeth will be joined by seven Royal Navy destroyers, frigates and auxiliaries, plus other supporting units, to form a fully sovereign Carrier Strike Group, ready to fight on the surface and in the air.

The Carrier Strike Group will be put through its paces off the north east coast of Scotland as part of Joint Warrior, NATO’s largest annual exercise.
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HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed UK and US F-35B jets for a major exercise

HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed UK and US F-35B jets for a major exercise

HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed UK and US F-35B jets for a major exercise

HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed UK and US F-35B jets for a major exercise

HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed UK and US F-35B jets for a major exercise

Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander UK Carrier Strike Group, said: “The United Kingdom’s maritime renaissance has been unfolding over many years, as we introduced a new generation of ships, submarines and aircraft into service. But this marks the first time we have brought them together in a cohesive, potent, fighting force.

“HMS Queen Elizabeth will be operating with the largest air group of fifth generation fighters assembled anywhere in the world. Led by the Royal Navy, and backed by our closest allies, this new Carrier Strike Group puts real muscle back into NATO and sends a clear signal that the United Kingdom takes its global role seriously.”

617 Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Royal Navy Commander Mark Sparrow, added: “This is an incredibly exciting time for 617 Squadron as we begin a new era of partnership with the US Marine Corps building towards next year’s operational deployment with HMS Queen Elizabeth. You need to go back more than three decades to find the UK operating anything on this scale or complexity and this is a first for fifth-generation carrier capability. The era of big-deck, fast jet carrier operations is back”.

Usually based in Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, in Arizona, VMFA-211 arrived in the UK just under two weeks ago. Landing at the home of the Lightning Force, RAF Marham after the trans-Atlantic flight, they worked up with 617 Squadron conducting the RAF led Exercise Point Blank before embarking in the carrier.

Their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Freshour USMC, said: “The Wake Island Avengers are ready in all respects to work with the British sailors and aircrew on board HMS Queen Elizabeth. We are looking forward to deploying alongside our British counterparts over the next few months, and we will work tirelessly as a part of this transatlantic naval force. We are proud to play such an important role in the generation of an allies’ carrier strike capability.”

Captain James Blackmore, the UK’s Carrier Air Wing Commander, added: “We are going to learn a huge amount from operating F-35Bs at sea with the USMC, they have had them longer and we can share ideas and practices. But this is much more than that; this is the trans-Atlantic alliance in action, demonstrating that two close allies can not only fly from each other’s carriers, but can fight alongside each other should we need to. This level of integration offers a decisive flexibility in times of crisis, conflict or war.”

HMS Queen Elizabeth, along with her 1,680 sailors, aviators and marines, is due to return to her home port of Portsmouth next month.

 
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9.414

Old-Salt
The MQ-4C Triton drone was also up yesterday evening at about 9pm at 52,000 ft off the east coast of US near Atlantic city doing circuits just offshore.
 

Oops

War Hero
@ Toastie....
Re the 'lightning bit' ( I've ballsed up the 'reply' and 'quote' function somehow)
Thank you so much for that perfect explanation.
When confronted by bright light,
vehicles' led sidelights being the worst, my eye/brain connection starts going awry...
Chuck in the motion element and the processing capacity simply turns to ratsh*t..
Trying to then 'think straight' uses up massive reserves of energy and stamina.
One last question..
While this is all going on, did that 'pit of your stomach' sinking feeling occur too?
Following on ...
Would the Air France crew and px have known they were descending rapidly to their demise or simply be fooled into wondering which way is up?
Istr the Voice recorder being found and the Capt. was away from the flight deck initially, so was 'behind the curve' or was that another officer( I may have got that wrong too)
In a 'dynamic' situation such as theirs, could more than one of the crew become disoriented at the same time?

Sorry that's more than one question.

( Dare I ask @ CTD, beefer if helicopters are more liable to induce the condition being able to stop/reverse momentum as well?)

I‘m researching The Leans
Booze is for poofs.....

Wanna buy some pills?

(The effects should seem obvious)
 

Ritch

LE
Found this on YouTube today. For @Toastie as I know he's missing Cancun. ;)

 
Found this on YouTube today. For @Toastie as I know he's missing Cancun. ;)


Jesus, that’s all a bit serious.

You pressurise hydraulics from right through centre to left, he did it the wrong way. Fail.

I lost the will to live at that point.
 
And taxiways at CUN for departing 12R don’t look like this:

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They look like this:

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