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User currently offlinePlanenut From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 107 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2229 times:

I was at Heathrow recently when i noticed that several people that were taking photo's seemed to know what type of plane, airline and color was about to land before it had arrived.

How do they know this?


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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 2183 times:

They may perhaps have had a radio with connections to the tower with them. Or perhaps they simply had someone in the tower on the phone or something.


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User currently offlineChris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 2177 times:

Either they had a scanner, or simply could tell the type of aircraft in the distance, and, from experience knew what plane typically arrives at that time... its usually pretty simple..


User currently offlineFox1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 19 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

This url will help identify 'G' registrations.  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 19 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

I was at LHR on Tuesday April 17th. Two men were sitting there on their chairs and predicted any incoming aircraft. I asked them about what they're doing. They had a printed chronological list of every arriving plane which they got from the internet, a scanner with earplugs and a lot of experience and knowledge. They also had folders with every airline fleet in there. So they checked registrations and noted it down and checked if they'd already seen it I think. Just ask people there, those men were very friendly and gave me a lot of info during the day.

User currently offlineEGKK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

I went on the 16th, I have a scanner so I knew exactly what it was


User currently offlinePlanenut From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Thanks guy's for the info, all it seems I need to do is gain knowledge and ask. Simple!!


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

I used to predict what aircraft was coming by where the landing lights were placed on the wings, i was shown up when the Fokker 70/100 showed up at schiphol. anyone who has seen one on approach will understand what i mean.


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