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Mystery Aircraft Overflying - Any Help?  
User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10043 times:

I was walking home today at around 19:44 and looked up and there was a fairly low plane (guess around 14000ft) flying over. I live in Portsmouth, UK.

Honestly, it looked like an A380 but this couldn't have been the case. Towards the back (like monarch) it was a yellow/orange colour with possibly a blue/grey/black outline. The colour of the aircraft was either grey/white. It had 4 engines definitely. It looked alot like an A380 so I am guessing it was likely to be an A340, possibly even a 747 but it didn't look like one. I got my flightradar24 app out straight away but nothing appeared. It was rather low so was likely landing at LGW or LHR but I am not sure.

Any help?

Jordan  


The amazing tale of flight.
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User currently offlineSirThomas From UK - England, joined Jul 2009, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9984 times:

Funny you should mention this, I'm down in Havant and saw something that sounds remarkably similar earlier...

Who knows... hehe

Tom



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User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9855 times:

Quoting SirThomas (Reply 1):
Funny you should mention this, I'm down in Havant and saw something that sounds remarkably similar earlier...

Thought I was going crazy. For the life of me, I honestly don't have a clue what it could have been  

Jordan



The amazing tale of flight.
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9732 times:

It could have been an SQ A388, or 744. That has a gold and blue underside near the tail.


Dan  



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User currently offlineDAL763ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9681 times:
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Normally, SQ flight 318 (usually an A388) comes to Heathrow at about 7.30-8PM. I have no clue why it would be as south as Portsmouth. The usual approach (when they use 09L for landings) is above North London and turning for final above Reading.


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User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9405 times:

Yeah it could have been that, I didn't think of that as an option as like aoudad why would it be that far south?

Jordan



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User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9235 times:

Also I don't understand why it didn't show up on flightradar24 or planefinder. I'm just going to go with the Singapore aircraft unless anyone knows any different.

Thanks for your help!

Jordan  



The amazing tale of flight.
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9141 times:

Overflying the Isle of Wight and Southampton/Portsmouth areas is a common approach to one of the Southern holding patterns for Heathrow. If the winds favoured a more Southerly route then flying over Portsmouth wouldn't really be much of a diversion from SIN.


Dan  



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlinenoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 9065 times:

Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 6):
Also I don't understand why it didn't show up on flightradar24 or planefinder. I'm just going to go with the Singapore aircraft unless anyone knows any different.

Wouldn't have been the SQ, that came in on its normal route last night according to casper.frontier.nl.

Was it heading inland or out? The only things coming in over Portsmouth at that time were a few FR 737s between 15000 and 19000ft....


User currently offlinelegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8690 times:

This aircraft as been flying circuits around the UK for the past few days at 26,000 feet, any chance it could have been this?


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User currently offlineSirThomas From UK - England, joined Jul 2009, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8494 times:

Hmm, may have been...
I *definitely* felt a jet (not a modern Scarebus/Boeing) shake the house about 4 this morning as well...
Could easily have been an old timer like that!  

Tom



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User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7566 times:

No it wasn't that. It was heading inland towards Heathrow  


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User currently offlinenoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7568 times:

Quoting legoguy (Reply 9):
This aircraft as been flying circuits around the UK for the past few days at 26,000 feet, any chance it could have been this?

Anything military doesn't usually show up on FR24/Casper/PlaneFinder/ etc, so the chances are it was probably military, or maybe even C17 or similar headed into Brize?


User currently offlinexdlx From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7279 times:

Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 11):

Wind Check!


User currently offlinelegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6973 times:

Quoting noelg (Reply 12):
Anything military doesn't usually show up on FR24/Casper/PlaneFinder/ etc, so the chances are it was probably military, or maybe even C17 or similar headed into Brize?

The only reason I know of this E-6 Mercury flying around the UK is because I have been following it almost daily on the Casper tracking site. Although it's the only military aircraft I have seen on the site.

I last observed it on the Casper site at 1am on Wednesday morning between Blackpool and the Isle of Mann, rewinding time on the Casper site shows it's path heading South.  

Although chances are it is not the aircraft in the opening post, I've not seen it as South as Portsmouth. Interesting none the less.



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6458 times:

What about a SQ 744F? I often see one heading over my house in Plymouth at cruise towards mid to late afternoon, I think it originates in DFW but I can't remember where it heads to in the UK/Europe.


Dan  



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineairsmiles From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5783 times:

Could have been Cubana IL-96 CU-T1251, which went into Gatwick about that time. A normal LGW arrival would take it West to East across the Isle of Wight then NE towards Hazel (Haslemere).

User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5258 times:

Sounds to me like a military a/c. They tend to sound and look like commercial jets sometimes from certain distances.


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User currently offlineSumma767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2561 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4629 times:

Quoting airsmiles (Reply 16):
Could have been Cubana IL-96 CU-T1251, which went into Gatwick about that time. A normal LGW arrival would take it West to East across the Isle of Wight then NE towards Hazel (Haslemere).

Out of the options offered, I would say that yours is the most plausible.
CU400 arrived in LGW at 8pm (delayed 5 hours). An IL-96 has a =n A380 resemblance (basically a fat A340), and the livery is a mainly white fuselage and the tail paint follows down like Monarch (or even EK With its red stripe). CU's is red and blue.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4235 times:

I was thinking the same, but the colours didn't seem to add up.

Quoting Summa767 (Reply 18):
CU's is red and blue.

Then again if it was hazy...



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

Hmmmm, it was definitely yellow/orange/gold colour at the back with a darker colour outline.

Jordan  



The amazing tale of flight.
User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3089 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 19):
Then again if it was hazy...

To be honest I would say it was pretty clear, but, to be fair this seems like the only option.

Thanks everyone!

Jordan  



The amazing tale of flight.
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3043 times:

Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 21):
To be honest I would say it was pretty clear, but, to be fair this seems like the only option.

Well, not if;

Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 20):
it was definitely yellow/orange/gold colour at the back

If it was that clearly a colour in the yellow-gold spectrum then it's unlikely to have been Cubana. Red and blue would present a purple tone if anything.


Dan  



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2705 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 22):
If it was that clearly a colour in the yellow-gold spectrum then it's unlikely to have been Cubana. Red and blue would present a purple tone if anything.

True. I am positive it was yellow/orange/gold. Maybe this will remain an unsolved mystery.

Jordan  



The amazing tale of flight.
User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4263 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

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