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PostPosted: Wed 08 Feb 2017 10:14 am 
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Yesterday an Apache flew over work at about 50 feet, following the M1 in a northerly direction :Pilot:

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Feb 2017 13:19 pm 
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an Apache at about 50 feet, following the M1 in a northerly direction
In helicopter parlance that's known as flying IFR - I Follow Roads. On more than one occasion, especially when flying across the featureless north German plains I used to get my pilot to drop down to 20 or so feet so that I could read a road sign at a junction :oops:


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How seriously cool Wookie!!! :clapping:

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haha that's made my day, you have a $10mill machine and you look at road signs, are the navigators ever women???

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A Chinook! Mind you it is an RAF Unit, although we don't have an airfield any more as it's been sold off!

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A Chinook, heading south :airhead: :airhead:

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B-17G-VE, serial number 44-85740 - nicknamed Aluminum Overcast – was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps on May 18, 1945. Too late to see action, but in Eugene today to give paid rides. We had family visiting and it was a little out of my price range, $449. But it was a cool, sight, even from the ground!

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"Aluminum Overcast proudly carries the colors of the 398th Bomb Group of World War II, which flew hundreds of missions over Nazi-held territory during the war. Aluminum Overcast commemorates B-17G #42-102516 which was shot down on its 34th combat mission over Le Manior, France, on August 13, 1944. Veterans of the 398th helped finance the bomber's restoration."

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I went on a joyflight, at Oshkosh in 2002, in "Aluminiun Overcast", (from memory it cost $650 AUS). Mind you that was cheap compared to the other joyflight I went on, on the same trip:- Concord, ($5,000 AUS).
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Look out on the south coast on 31 March for the final ever flight of a Westland Lynx. I understand there is to be a 4 ship formation starting at Yeovilton, routing via Portland, then through Dorset & Hampshire before on up to Manston and back through the London helo routes (site of perhaps my worst ever navigation mishap!). If I can get an idea of timings and a more accurate route I will post it on here.


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Two hercs at night last week c4s me thinks at zero, well almost zero feet and they were low as well, cracking night time show :clap:


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4 Lynx and a merlin.

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3 Mirage 2000s about 15:15, heading north/south, the first two very low and turning east, the third a bit higher, a bit behind, and following the leading pair's track. The tiles have just about settled back down on the roof, and new puppy, who was patrolling the yard at the time, has had his first outdoor experience of multiple SNECMA M53s (may have helped him shed a few more baby teeth). Heaven on a plate!

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Two Apaches, heading North-East :airhead: :airhead:

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I've just spent an enjoyable 5 minutes watching a Douglas Dakota. It flew directly overhead (sporting full D Day markings) as it made its way to Chivenor. When it got to Chivenor, it made a left turn and did a circuit over Saunton Sands, before returning and landing.

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Well. I've found out what the Dakota was doing around here. They're doing some film making. People in German uniforms were seen in Bideford. Areas have been closed off to the public. I suspect that the landing craft have been 'borrowed' from Fremington Key (Not for the first time). It wouldn't surprise me if the Cobbaton Combat museum hasn't been 'raided' for some equipment.

D Day on Saunton Sands....... Again!

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Sunday was a banner day for me. First a P-51 Mustang. Then a Cessna T-50 Bobcat. Followed shortly by two different Cessna 310's. All in about 45 minutes. I thought​ it was Sky King day. Never seen a radial engine T-50 overhead before.


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Had the BBMF Dakota overfly the house a couple of days ago, quite low level too!

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On June 2nd a large jet which I initially thought was a VC-10 but had winglets and dihedral tailplane flew south east over Northampton towards Cranfield. Cannot find anything that matches in ID books which are old. Today pm, a Yak-3U, low, fast and noisy, due south over the house and a bright red Twin Otter westward then shortly after going north-east.


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