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Strange Sightings Over The West Midlands (UK)...  
User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4337 times:

Being more of a civil aviation nutter this is my first post in this section so please bear with me!!

I live in a small city called Redditch near Birmingham in the United Kingdom and at about 1450 very low, i would say about 2,000ft I saw a aircraft. Now im no good with military a/c however this was kinda scary as it was very unusual. Over the past few days I have seen several low flying planes circle around my home at night.

Anyway I think that the plane was this:
http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA--...oeing-C-17A-Globemaster/1619467/L/

Why was it flying so low (and slow)? Although my #1 question was why was it here??

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User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4226 times:

It may have been flying about from Mildenhall or Lakenheath, because they're both UK bases leased to the USAF.

Why it was flying over Reddich, I have no idea.


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4205 times:

I don't understand what the USAF has to do with it. The RAF currently operates 6 C-17s, and is most likely on of those.


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User currently offlineGPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 829 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4086 times:
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Hello T8KE0FF,

It was probably one of the RAF ones. They are regular visitors to BHX, often transferring injured troops from Afghanistan to hospital in Birmingham. If they then return to Brize, they will possibly be transiting at relatively low altitudes as it is not that far by air.

Best regards,

Jim



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User currently offlineImiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3933 times:



Quoting T8KE0FF (Thread starter):
Why was it flying so low (and slow)? Although my #1 question was why was it here??

I also saw the said C-17. I live near the Royal College of Defence Medicine in Selly Oak hospital. I believe the RAF were performing a fly-by over the hospital as they occasionally do.

Regards


User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3709 times:



Quoting Spacepope (Reply 2):
I don't understand what the USAF has to do with it. The RAF currently operates 6 C-17s, and is most likely on of those.

I saw the picture and automatically assumed it was a USAF one.... my bad. I forgot the RAF operated them, but I'm not too into military stuff if I'm honest.


User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1090 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

Hi Marshall !
Ironically I also live in Redditch... The Globemasters usually take an approach into Birmingham low and slow over the town (usually out over Astwood Bank - Parallal to the M40 - then Parallal to the M42 and then over the M42 and into BHX)
They park at Elmdon and are mostly troop movement flights bringing home injured troops. They usually use one of the hospitals in Selly Oak (The QE if im correct)
Anyway, I've seen these low and slow about... hmmm.. 4 times ? I work in Edgbaston and sometimes they take an approach over my office also.
I've also seen a VC10 landing into BHX and park up at Elmdon.. that was pretty cool.
And yes, they are RAF and not USAF.

Hope this helps !

J


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