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Odd flightpath Boeing 747-8HV(F), VQ-BRH

Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:56 pm

THS214 made a comment about this flight in the non-aviation part. But I thought perhaps some members here know the reason behind this odd flight path. The flight was from Moscow to Leipzig, normal flight time: 2:27 and this flight lasted for 4:16 going way up north before heading south again.

THS214 wrote:
After Russian activity towards Sweden, now this against Finland. ... 5#2a81cd2a
About that route: It flew over the three most important military airports in Finland and the fourth was over Finnish air force headquarter. Checking Finnish military or a message?

The route reported so far was Moscow-Murmansk-Moscow. So even if that flight was tanked for a return flight it did not have enough fuel to legally do that amended flight.

A lot is happening by the Russians at the moment. Or maybe the finns have it wrong. Finnish air force is only saying that everything was legal and they don't comment further.

That is an odd flightpath. The Boeing 747-8HV(F), VQ-BRH hasn't have any camera's on board, now has it? Also odd flight level at times. AirBridgeCargo Airlines isn't part of the Russian state, right?
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Re: Odd flightpath Boeing 747-8HV(F), VQ-BRH

Wed Jan 19, 2022 2:19 am

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Re: Odd flightpath Boeing 747-8HV(F), VQ-BRH

Wed Jan 19, 2022 2:41 am

Nothing like a good conspiracy theory.
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Re: Odd flightpath Boeing 747-8HV(F), VQ-BRH

Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:22 am

It should be noted too that last week Sweden raised the alarms regarding the presence of some Russian Navy ships in the Baltic Sea, near Gotland Island, where Sweden has important military installations. They have since left and some speculate they may be on their way to the Black Sea. ... estination

Regarding the curious route taken by that Volga Dnepr plane: there is no evidence that the plane had any kind of espionage equipment on board. But there may be 101 other reasons why it made sense for the Russian military to have that plane fly that exact route at that precise time.
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Re: Odd flightpath Boeing 747-8HV(F), VQ-BRH

Wed Jan 19, 2022 5:45 am

Sounds like an RVSM issue. 280 is the highest you can go without RVSM and it’s possible some airspace won’t take you without RVSM
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Re: Odd flightpath Boeing 747-8HV(F), VQ-BRH

Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:38 pm

Precisely, it's irrelevant the Baltic states were bypassed, since the aircraft would have flown via Belarus anyway.

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