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Given what the US spends on military hardware and training, I’d be giving that effort a C- if I was his CO.

  • balls not symmetrical
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  • should be purple (OK, that’s Flightradars fault.)
 

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Given what the US spends on military hardware and training, I’d be giving that effort a C- if I was his CO.
No kidding. That's really sloppy work, given the guy's training and equipment.

I mean if a Canadian amateur can do this with a tiny little private plane, you'd think a US sky jockey could do much better.
 

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The track shown on the map appears as though it has been done with an Etch-a-Sketch. It isn't from an app such as Flight Radar 24 as there are no indications of airspace. At first I thought it was someone practicing approaches (with orbits) to an airfield, but the only one it could have been in that location is West Raynham and that's disused now. Marham is off to the south west of the track.
I must say the tracks I've left during my bi-annual check rides (recorded on an iPad using specialist software) are much smoother and I'm just an amateur flyer. Not as good as the Nova Scotia pilot however.
I'm beginning to suspect the USAF plot may be fake but I'm willing to be proven incorrect.
 

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The track shown on the map appears as though it has been done with an Etch-a-Sketch. It isn't from an app such as Flight Radar 24 as there are no indications of airspace. At first I thought it was someone practicing approaches (with orbits) to an airfield, but the only one it could have been in that location is West Raynham and that's disused now. Marham is off to the south west of the track.
I must say the tracks I've left during my bi-annual check rides (recorded on an iPad using specialist software) are much smoother and I'm just an amateur flyer. Not as good as the Nova Scotia pilot however.
I'm beginning to suspect the USAF plot may be fake but I'm willing to be proven incorrect.
My integrity seems to be in question here.

It was actually done with Freedar.uk, a possibly less polished app than , but one with arguably more. albeit different, features than FR.

Done with Etch-a-Sketch? Possibly Freedar doesn't smooth plots, maybe FlightRadar 24 does, which would explain the somewhat crude appearance of the plot? Even in FlightRadar 24, if you zoom in tightly on a track a curve becomes a series of straight lines.

There are no indications of airspace because I have that turned off.

It's not obvious from the screenshot I posted, but in fact it does appear that the aircraft was practicing approaches at the now disused USAF base at Sculthorpe. Lakenheath & Mildenhall, both active USAF bases, are just off to the south-west.

I can assure you that the plot I posted is NOT a fake; I was following it in real time. Just for information, the aircraft in question is MC-130J 12-5760, based at Mildenhall - as it's an M, technically it's a Commando II, not a Hercules.

This, from later in the flight, shows a little bit more information:

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You want "emissions", rxe? How about this:

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Nobody is questioning your integrity. I've seen the same story posted all over, so I would never have assumed that the data comes from you.
 

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It isn't from an app such as Flight Radar 24 as there are no indications of airspace.
Just a comment on that - I can't get ATC boundaries & aeronautical charts on FR24, as I only have a silver subscription.

Nobody is questioning your integrity. I've seen the same story posted all over, so I would never have assumed that the data comes from you.
Just to clarify, the attachment in the original post was a screenshot from the Freedar app on my phone, not copied from the internet & has not been doctored or subjected to any post-treatment, so if it is fake it's been done by somebody who's managed to somehow insinuate false data into Freedar. It's a pity Freedar doesn't have Flightradar 24's height & speed graph & playback functions.

I'm beginning to wish I hadn't bothered!
 

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Apologies if you're feeling slighted.That was certainly never my intention to cause anybody here any hurt. Sometimes forum threads and words on the screen come across badly. (Believe me, if I wanted to attack somebody there are a couple of open threads on AO that offer all sort of prime comments that have me itching to spew invective at the poster).

i know you were trying to share something lighthearted and give people here a laugh. We all need that kind of stuff these days. Can we chalk this up to people having off days and carry on with good will in our hearts?
 

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The track shown on the map appears as though it has been done with an Etch-a-Sketch. It isn't from an app such as Flight Radar 24 as there are no indications of airspace. At first I thought it was someone practicing approaches (with orbits) to an airfield, but the only one it could have been in that location is West Raynham and that's disused now. Marham is off to the south west of the track.
I must say the tracks I've left during my bi-annual check rides (recorded on an iPad using specialist software) are much smoother and I'm just an amateur flyer. Not as good as the Nova Scotia pilot however.
I'm beginning to suspect the USAF plot may be fake but I'm willing to be proven incorrect.
Bi-annual or bi-ennial? Looks fake to me too but prepared to be flamed. PPL here too.
 

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No slight intended Dave, sorry, honest! I've given you a 'like' as compensation. As I said looked like practice approaches etc. to West Raynham and now having had a look at the chart maybe Great Massingham (using displaced nav aids). 147Alfaguy, you're correct should be bi-ennial not bi-annual, my excuse is, I didn't correct auto-correct, this time it kept coming up with bi- ENIAC! Spotted that one in time.
Now that track is going to be recorded and the high-ups may have a sense of humour but if not the pilot, and if he is under training or supervision, the the right-hand seated pilot is going to be in trouble. Marham LARS would more than likely have seen it.
147Alfaguy, my instructor when I attained my PPL many years ago was a New Zealander, very laid back he was, he was trying to build hours towards ATPL. He told me that one time flying in NZ all the wind socks were pointing in towards the centre of the airfield.
 

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I see that now, the airfields I mentioned could've been on the reciprocal part of the circuit. Now there's more detail that's clear, do you think the gunship had been sent up to sort him out?
 

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Of the airfields you mentioned, West Rayham may be under the flight path, Great Massingham, I don't think so.

There's a consistent pattern of MC-130Js using STRIXX callsigns making what appear to be practice approaches to Sculthorpe. Although it's no longer an active airfield it's still an MoD Training area - this, from Wikipedia, is relevant to the aircraft which is the subject of this thread:

"The airfield, now known as the Sculthorpe Training Area, is retained by the Ministry of Defence and forms part of the Defence Training Estate.[3] During 2016, it was used by the USAF 352nd SOG, based at RAF Mildenhall, to perform training in low flying, airdrops, and rescue and recovery missions. These exercises were conducted by MC-130 Hercules and CV-22 Ospreys."

As for the gunship, it's "one of ours", an Army Apache, so who knows. . .
 

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My first flight in that region was from Swanton Morley, February, 1968 and two days later went solo, three in a row, in a Kirby glider during a snow flurry! The booklet we were issued with contained a resumé of each of the instructors experience in powered aircraft ranging from Tiger Moths to Lancasters with very many in between. I can still recall all the cockpit checks and procedures in the event of cable breaks. When the RAF taught you something you stayed taught! I still have the booklet.
 

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Tyre dump? About 20 years ago I went for a walk with a friend on a disused airfield south of Grantham just east of the A1. Believe it was North Witham. Runways were still apparent, not raided for the concrete for motorway hard-core, but trees everywhere else. We came across an area fenced off packed very high with brand new tyres of good makes but all rendered useless by having had large holes punched through the side walls. Anything to do with your reference?
Google Earthed Sculthorpe looks like the tyres are still there! That's one large airfield.

Had a look at FlightRadar 24 yesterday, hardly anything going on all over East Anglia, elsewhere quiet with some powered GA and gliders. No obvious phallic tracks.
 

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Allegedly over a million tyres!! Guy rented part of the Airfield and got permission for a tyre re cycling plant, got his sums wrong so ended up stacking them up.
I grew up around there and can remember the big bombers flying in and out, and going to the open days which fantastic when you are small lots of sugary treats and marching bands.
Swanton Morley used to have beware of the Tank signs everywhere.
 
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