eugegall
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Tracking Military Aircraft?

Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:32 am

With everything going on in Libya is there a way we can track on radar the Military aircraft movements?

I live just south of London and was sure last night that i heard very dull sounds of Jets? Very different to the usual LHR traffic i get over head...

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agill
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RE: Tracking Military Aircraft?

Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:10 pm

Well considering how much money they spend on stealth and stuff it would be a bit odd if you could track the planes online.
 
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RE: Tracking Military Aircraft?

Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:33 pm

Wow i just realised how stupid my question really was...... Please delete this thread!!
 
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RE: Tracking Military Aircraft?

Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:03 pm

Quoting eugegall (Reply 2):
Wow i just realised how stupid my question really was...... Please delete this thread!!

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RE: Tracking Military Aircraft?

Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:04 am

Quoting eugegall (Thread starter):
With everything going on in Libya

Seen something in the news that some of the F-15E's from Lakenheath were headed that way....
harder than woodpecker lips...
 
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RE: Tracking Military Aircraft?

Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:16 am

Quoting Agill (Reply 1):
Well considering how much money they spend on stealth and stuff it would be a bit odd if you could track the planes online.

Well, if the flights weren't blocked from flight trackers, there's no reason you couldn't see them. They'd have their transponders on so they'd show up on the radar of civilian ATC. Even stealth aircraft have to be visible to radar when they're in controlled airspace with other planes. If the physical aircraft doesn't send a radar return, then the transponder does for it..
 
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RE: Tracking Military Aircraft?

Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:19 pm

Quoting eugegall (Reply 2):
Wow i just realised how stupid my question really was...

Not stupid at all. Certainly, if they are en route to drop bombs on someone, they won't be broadcasting their position to the world, but like pwm2thlhopper said, for everyday flights, they could be tracked, as they file flight plans, and use transponders like civilian aircraft. They are blocked from flight trackers, but they aren't "invisible".
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RE: Tracking Military Aircraft?

Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:23 pm

Even most corporate jets cannot be tracked via the internet. Only commercial.
If they do, those websites would be facing class action lawsuits everyday!!!!!!!!!
 
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RE: Tracking Military Aircraft?

Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:16 pm

Quoting wardialer (Reply 7):
If they do, those websites would be facing class action lawsuits everyday!!!!!!!!!

Why? Every aircraft owner has the option of opting out of being tracked, if they so choose to. If they didn't do, it would foolish to think they could sue because they are being tracked. Plus the FAA is working towards making the rules much stricter on who can and can't be tracked.

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RE: Tracking Military Aircraft?

Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:49 pm

Quoting wardialer (Reply 7):
Even most corporate jets cannot be tracked via the internet. Only commercial.

There are many corporate jets that can be tracked on FlightAware. In fact, when I've searched for particular N-numbers (say if I wanted to catch a new aircraft, or a striking paint scheme) I find many more that I can track then are blocked. The owner needs to specifically request tracking be blocked.
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