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Casino81 a F15 Strike Eagle at the bombing ranges off the East Coast with a K35 on standby for refuelling.

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Eight hours later, the U2 is still airborne, doing circuits.
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TARTAN710 Voyager has just been launched, heading north.
Quick Reaction Typhoons from Lossiemouth has been scrambled. Russian Bear's are confirmed airborne.

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^ bloody thing is daily and of course, being Emirates everyone else can get out of the way. Airports all over the place are falling over themselves to give them exactly what they want, when they want it, usually at the expense of more frequent operators. As there’s only one wide body stand with an air bridge at NCL, guess who ends up with pax bussed to a remote stand and going up stairs in the rain? Clue, not Emirates.

Ditto with the wretched A380 at MAN. Everyone else goes into the hold whilst it lands as it blocks the ILS (instrument landing system) signals fir following aircraft and then blocks all the taxiways whilst it lumbers around. All the runway holding points have been moved back to accommodate it which means it takes everyone longer to get on and off the runway which slows down flow rates and its wake turbulence on take off adds more delays as you wait for it to clear. In flight there have been documented upsets of aircraft behind the thing. It’s a menace.

Even pax handling at Security Outbound and customs / immigration inbound gets clogged up.

All the airports want the kudos but can’t be arsed with making it work properly. MAN T2 is now a nightmare with Qatar, Ethiopian, Jet Air (India), Pakistan, Saudia and Hainan (China) often arriving at similar times. Once again, it’s the bigger U.K. operators out on remote stands with their pax stuck in queues in and out. It’s a disgrace, the airport has failed to upgrade facilities and staffing to match the need.
 
^ bloody thing is daily and of course, being Emirates everyone else can get out of the way. Airports all over the place are falling over themselves to give them exactly what they want, when they want it, usually at the expense of more frequent operators. As there’s only one wide body stand with an air bridge at NCL, guess who ends up with pax bussed to a remote stand and going up stairs in the rain? Clue, not Emirates.

Ditto with the wretched A380 at MAN. Everyone else goes into the hold whilst it lands as it blocks the ILS (instrument landing system) signals fir following aircraft and then blocks all the taxiways whilst it lumbers around. All the runway holding points have been moved back to accommodate it which means it takes everyone longer to get on and off the runway which slows down flow rates and its wake turbulence on take off adds more delays as you wait for it to clear. In flight there have been documented upsets of aircraft behind the thing. It’s a menace.

Even pax handling at Security Outbound and customs / immigration inbound gets clogged up.

All the airports want the kudos but can’t be arsed with making it work properly. MAN T2 is now a nightmare with Qatar, Ethiopian, Jet Air (India), Pakistan, Saudia and Hainan (China) often arriving at similar times. Once again, it’s the bigger U.K. operators out on remote stands with their pax stuck in queues in and out. It’s a disgrace, the airport has failed to upgrade facilities and staffing to match the need.
I've heard that from someone before.

From what I understand too, Emirates has increased its order for the A380 - the only airline to do so, IIRC.

When I flew out of Manchester earlier this year, the 757 was parked out on the apron and we had to be bussed out. We were then stood, roughly 250 of us by the aircraft for 20 minutes before the stairs turned up. From what the handling officer was saying, the stairs had been pulled from the aircraft and taken to a A380 (Emirates again!) before being brought back. It even delayed the pilots from doing a walk around the aircraft.

On a sidenote, a Lufthansa A380 running from Houston to Frankfurt had to make a landing at Manchester this morning with a reported sick passenger. It was noted how much traffic disruption it caused when arriving due to the issues what @Toastie brought up.
 
A real rarity flying at the minute. A NASA WB-57 Canberra used to test for Atmospheric Nuclear Emissions is currently flying from Houston at 45,000ft. Never heard of it until today!

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A real rarity flying at the minute. A NASA WB-57 Canberra used to test for Atmospheric Nuclear Emissions is currently flying from Houston at 45,000ft. Never heard of it until today!

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NASA’s ‘Big Wing’ WB-57s have a far broader mission role than air sampling. The type was a regular fixture in Kandahar where it conducted a wide range of ISR tasks as well as acting as a Battlefield Airborne Comms Node (BACN) until the E-11 was deployed. That’s achieved by a number of interchangeable mission payloads.

It proved so valuable a third airframe was dragged out of AMARC and returned to flight status. It remains deployed on ops today.

Regards,
MM
 
Today I was in Gelenkirchen for some admin. As I drove onto the base I could see a massive white tail above the airside log building. A bit further on there was a gap and I could see straight out onto the apron. There it was, one of the big Antonovs. I don't know which kind, I'm not that much of a spotter, but it was massive and the front was open for loading/unloading. No pics for obvious reasons.
 
I reckon I heard it too. I was sat in a beer garden and heard a "heavy" plane fly over about that time.

Anyone know what ATC callsign it uses? We were musing that a “Presidential 1” we heard near Bermuda at about 1800Z this evening was him but maybe not?
I don't know what it uses internationally but in the US, they just use Air Force One. On his way to Iraq, they used a fake HEX code - whatever that is.
 
I don't know what it uses internationally but in the US, they just use Air Force One. On his way to Iraq, they used a fake HEX code - whatever that is.
A HEX is the Mode S identifier which is unique to each individual aircraft (much like a Mode 2 code is on many military aircraft).

Therefore, using the aircraft’s correct HEX would allow spotters and foreign observers to identify the Presidential flight. I assume that the correct HEX is used only on sorties where POTUS or the First Lady are NOT on board.

Regards,
MM
 
A HEX is the Mode S identifier which is unique to each individual aircraft (much like a Mode 2 code is on many military aircraft).

Therefore, using the aircraft’s correct HEX would allow spotters and foreign observers to identify the Presidential flight. I assume that the correct HEX is used only on sorties where POTUS or the First Lady are NOT on board.

Regards,
MM
Thanks for the info!

The right HEX code is used with Trump onboard. Plenty of times, CivMilAir on Twitter tracks him taking off, in flight and in descent. Tracked on his way to the G8 and to France etc. I can only think that on this occasion, they wanted the arrival in Iraq to be a surprise.

If it wasn't for the bloke near me who saw the Presidential colours of the VC25, I doubt anyone would have known.
 
Thanks for the info!

The right HEX code is used with Trump onboard. Plenty of times, CivMilAir on Twitter tracks him taking off, in flight and in descent. Tracked on his way to the G8 and to France etc. I can only think that on this occasion, they wanted the arrival in Iraq to be a surprise.

If it wasn't for the bloke near me who saw the Presidential colours of the VC25, I doubt anyone would have known.
Makes sense.

I was in Kandahar when the VP came to visit and knowledge of the visit was restricted to a very small circle indeed.

Things were slightly more relaxed when David Cameron diverted into KAF due to fog at Bastion. Then again, he very touchingly couldn’t even be arsed to leave the C-17 and elected instead to catch up on his sleep.

Regards,
MM
 
Makes sense.

I was in Kandahar when the VP came to visit and knowledge of the visit was restricted to a very small circle indeed.

Things were slightly more relaxed when David Cameron diverted into KAF due to fog at Bastion. Then again, he very touchingly couldn’t even be arsed to leave the C-17 and elected instead to catch up on his sleep.

Regards,
MM
What a wànker. Probably had a nice fluffy bed put in on the plane.
 
For sheer spinning plates and sense of humour, the JFK ground controller that’s become a legend. Met him once and he’s as funny and laconic over a beer as he is on duty.


AKA "Kennedy Steve", real name Stephen Abraham. I do believe he's retired now.
 
For sheer spinning plates and sense of humour, the JFK ground controller that’s become a legend. Met him once and he’s as funny and laconic over a beer as he is on duty.


AKA "Kennedy Steve", real name Stephen Abraham. I do believe he's retired now.
What has he done to earn the Legend status?

Genuinely curious.
 

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