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RAF Nimrod At MSP!  
User currently offlineJewPilot From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 110 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4498 times:

Today, at around 4 o'clock, I saw a RAF Nimrod on approach for MSP. It was in that military light brown color, and had no visible registration. It was a Nimrod, though, because I saw the probe out of the tail, and the two pods forward of the wings. Boy was she loud!! Does anyone know why the British anti-sub/maritime reconnaissance aircraft was here in the "North Star State"??


Go Sioux!
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User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1685 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4402 times:

Quoting JewPilot (Thread starter):
Does anyone know why the British anti-sub/maritime reconnaissance aircraft was here in the "North Star State"??

A pair of Russian Subs was spotted in lake superior, The US Navy called in the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, etc..... to help with the reconnaissance of the subs!!!

Of course I am just kidding, the RAF regularly sends C-130s, VC-10s and occasionally Nimrods to the US for training exercises, as well as vacation trips to Vegas (no joke). MSP is a good re-fueling point/customs place for them to land before they continue there trip onwards in the US. Hope this helps a bit!

ETOPS: Engines Turning or Passengers Swimming
User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4377 times:

If you see one again, look at either the fin or on the nose. The last 2/3 numbers of the reg are usually plastered there in larger figures than on the fuselage.

Having said that, they are probably so rare in MSP that'll be the first and last time you see one there!

Andy  old 

Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineSunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2112 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4316 times:

I have seen Nimrods here in MSP before, get them once or twice a year. No real surprise. But great to see. Also have RAF C-17 all the time. I think they end up at Red Flag outside LAS, Twentynine Palms in California, or Yuma, AZ.

They come to MSP because they fly the great circle route to the UK. They get great in and out service by ASIG and Customs @ the HHH term.

User currently offlineAlasdair From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 2005, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4021 times:

It's at China Lake for a trial.....  Wink

If you see the groundcrew out and about, say Hi! from those that got left behind at sunny Kinloss  Smile

The jet is XV232 if you're interested (you'll see it anyway, no secret!)........

Scots wha hae wi' Wallace bled.....
User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

I saw it rolling out on Rwy 12L from the terminal. The RAF visitors add a nice variety to the local traffic.

Cottage Grove, MN, USA

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