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iPod Touch

Many thanks to Mark Daniels and the team at Pinkfroot for my iPod Touch prize.

The iPod Touch went from Isle of Wight > Southampton> East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire> Leipzig in Germany>Singapore> New Zealand.

Left on Wednesday morn and I signed for it Monday morning in Christchurch.   DHL = fab service…

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Added by Bill Mallinson on February 18, 2018 at 23:22 — 3 Comments

Some different aircraft at Heathrow today

This morning was interesting for an hour or two.

The Met Office said the weather was going to be cloudy. We who take photographs call it by a different name: "rain"!

Still, there was a nice new Air Canada 787; C-FVLQ, followed by an unusual Swiss Air International very unusual visitor, a Boeing 777; HB-JNG. Finally there was a Lufthansa visitor that is causing a stir on other forums.

This was the A321 D-AISP and it is now painted in Lufthansa's new livery.

I have…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on February 10, 2018 at 14:45 — 2 Comments

Happy New Year

Best wishes to all for 2018. Let's hope for some good spotting weather in the year to come!

Added by Kelvin Davies on January 1, 2018 at 8:07 — 1 Comment

Russian ship in serious difficulty in the Solent

The Russian general cargo vessel, Mekhanik Yartsev, IMO 8904367 is in trouble off Lee on the Solent this evening. The ship was travelling to Warrenpoint when it developed a list. Photo on BBC shows the ship at angle of approx 30 deg.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-42483669/russian-cargo-ship-listing-considerably-in-the-solent

Although…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on December 26, 2017 at 20:11 — 3 Comments

A6-EUA A380 UAE man egcc uk 22-12-2017

hello everyone  

for the ones who like takeing photos of aircraft 

to everyone who use planefinder 

i like to wish you all and happy xmas and all the very best for 2018.

many thanks 

andy…

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Added by andy santini-man-egcc. on December 22, 2017 at 18:16 — 1 Comment

OE-IVT A320 EZY man egcc uk 15-12-2017.

hello everyone

this is ex G-EZRB  

many thanks

andy

Added by andy santini-man-egcc. on December 16, 2017 at 10:17 — 2 Comments

N889LM G650 man egcc uk 15-12-2017

hello everyone

not been on the us reg long  hex code and owner unknown 

N889LM G650 MSN 6276 ex [N276GA]

many thanks 

andy…

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Added by andy santini-man-egcc. on December 16, 2017 at 1:03 — No Comments

Xmas Tree

Try this one: Select Playback in Planefinder. Set the time for today (13th December) @ 15:15 and search for flight AIB232E. This is an Airbus A380 test flight. Select the flight and look at the trail!

Added by Kelvin Davies on December 13, 2017 at 16:21 — No Comments

Parrot racing an A321

Want to see a parrot racing a British Airways A321?

See here: http://www.kelvindavies.co.uk/kelvin///details.php?image_id=24386

I was photographing the lane as my nephew was on it, coming in from Manchester,heading for JFK.

Added by Kelvin Davies on November 26, 2017 at 10:52 — 5 Comments

November Twilight. Between storms again.

The cutter Alert is in the middle distance, but you really can't make her out unless the photo is viewed at full resolution.

It was just another rare but fine evening on the waterfront in Astoria. One storm had just raged through, and another was winding up for a fresh, wet blast a few hours later. But, for a couple of hours, the river leveled out and the rain stopped.…

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Added by Scott Saulsbury on November 22, 2017 at 7:44 — No Comments

They come in flocks!

Yesterday, I snapped a couple of BA 787 departures. Nothing unusual there.

I later moved to catch the arriving traffic on 27R and the following happened:

12:57 Arrival of G-ZBKF

12:59 Arrival of G-ZBKK

13:03 Arrival of G-ZBJI

13:05 Arrival of G-ZBKP

13:07 Arrival of G-ZBKG

14:15 Arrival of G-ZBJG

Like a flock of London buses!

Added by Kelvin Davies on November 20, 2017 at 8:29 — No Comments

Biggest ship to visit Southampton

Today, the biggest ship ever to visit Southampton, Milan Maersk, arrived here. At 399m long, it is quite a whopper!

I was going to go and get a photo of it berthing but decided it was a long drive for just a single ship.

However, my mate Chas Betts caught it at Calshot and has posted some pics on my web site:

http://www.kelvindavies.co.uk/kelvin/details.php?image_id=24357…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on November 8, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

HMS Queen Elizabeth

The government announced recently that the RN's new carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, would be arriving in her home port of Portsmouth around 19th/20Th August.

I wonder? I have just spotted it on AIS south of Weymouth, pointed directly at the Isle of Wight and making 24 knots. It does claim to be heading for Rosyth but doesn't that seem silly? Travel all the way around the UK south and east coasts, then turn around and get back here for Saturday? Now pointing at Portland, according to…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on August 15, 2017 at 8:57 — 1 Comment

Oh dear!

It would seem CSCL Jupiter failed to make the turn in the River Schelde at Bath (Bath near Antwerp).

The ship, container ship 150,853grt was leaving Antwerp, failed to make the turn in the direction of Walsoorden and ran aground.

At the time I write, it is being assisted by no fewer than 10 tugs and it looks as though another is en route.

The track is available on Marine Traffic:…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on August 14, 2017 at 16:32 — No Comments

More Local Context

I'm fortunate to have a couple of friends who own a bed-and-breakfast in a truly amazing location. 

We visited near sunset a couple of days ago to catch up a bit, and in the course of the conversation, Rafael extended an open invitation to make use of their spot for photography, weather they're home or not.

Something tells me that I'll be taking him up on that offer.…

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Added by Scott Saulsbury on April 2, 2017 at 23:51 — 1 Comment

Richard's got a new plane!

Richard as in Branson, that is.

With no previous announcements, publicity etc, Virgin Atlantic have a new 787-9 en its way to Heathrow as I write.

The new aircraft, reg G-VBOW, Call sign GVSKP is currently mid-Atlantic on a delivery flight from the Boeing factory in Charleston. ETA is more or less around 12:00. Sneaky!

The good news is that the runway in use will be 27L so I won't be stood a mile away, looking for it on the "wrong" runway.

Also a couple of other…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 31, 2017 at 9:10 — No Comments

Heathrow Spotting

After what seemed a life time of bad weather, I decided yesterday would be a good time to go to Heathrow. Nice sunshine with a bit of cloud later on. Ideal!

Not only that, there was the prospect of 3 new aircraft. New enough that the paint was hardly dry on them.

Saudi Arabian had a new B777, HZ-AK41, delivered 21st March.

Qatar were sending a new A350, A7-ALN, delivered February.

Kuwait had a new B777, delivered 10th March scheduled too.

So, what…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 29, 2017 at 8:01 — 1 Comment

Air Canada's new livery

It came as a surprise to me at Heathrow yesterday to discover Air Canada has recently adopted a new livery.

Personally, I think it is an improvement over the current "wishy washy" duck egg blue (or whatever it is called!).

Get a sneak preview here:

http://www.kelvindavies.co.uk/kelvin/details.php?image_id=22983…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 10, 2017 at 9:56 — 1 Comment

One for Mick

It is rumoured that Emirates will be flying a brand new A384into Dublin on March 26th.

Apparently, A380 A6-EUQ will be flown direct from the factory at Finkenwerder to Dublin as part of some sort of flag waving trip. It is intersting to note this aircraft will be one of the first of the Emirates A380 with Rolls Royce engines.

Assume that being a publicity thing, it will be arriving at a nice hour and let's hope the sun shines on that day for you Mick!

Added by Kelvin Davies on March 5, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Experiment with night time photography

Yesterday, I had a bright idea; I thought I would try photographing aircraft at night.

So, I picked a location off the departure end of Heathrow's Rwy 27L.

I then checked on what sort of "heavy" aircraft would be departing and off I set. I had already accepted this was only an experiment so I shouldn't be disappointed if it didn't all go swimmingly.

After an hour, I decided to give up and go home. Reflecting afterwards on what went wrong I concluded I made a couple of…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on February 19, 2017 at 10:18 — 5 Comments

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