A week tomorrow, 10th July, the RAF is having a fly past involving (allegedly!) up to 100 aircraft. This is to celebrate the RAF's 100th birthday. They will form up over East Anglia and head for London where there will be a ceremonial fly past up the Mall and over Buck House. They will then head for Heathrow and overfly that location at around 13:10. A partial list of aircraft taking part is:
Puma HC2, Chinook HC4, Juno H135, Jupiter H145; all Helicopters
Added by Kelvin Davies on July 2, 2018 at 16:47 — No Comments
Aircraft and ship spotting are all consuming pastimes.
Southampton ship spotting has been a bit sparse recently but it can be difficult to get the tides, the weather and ship movement times to all line up! And then when that happens, you find more than half of the ships moving have been seen before!
Aircraft spotting, on the other hand, can be a bit more rewarding and equally a bit more frustrating.
Having had a great day at Heathrow recently when I was able to catch the…Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on July 2, 2018 at 16:32 — No Comments
I hope someone from QHM (Queen's Harbour Master) reads this.
The new aircraft carrier was scheduled to depart Portsmouth this morning. The planned departure was listed on the QHM web site, along with the Notice to Mariners closing the entrance/departure channel during the appropriate time. So, off I went this morning and got myself in prime position for some good photos. It was only after a 1 hour drive and a fiver of my hard earned cash (parking charge), I learned from a passer by…Continue
Here at Southampton Container Port ships very often seem to berth starboard side to. This means that upon departure, they need to reverse down the water to the designated swinging ground as they are facing the wrong way for the trip down Southampton Water. At Southampton, there are 4 areas designated as swinging grounds. The larger vessels generally use the Upper Swinging Ground and this means there are possibilities to photograph the container ships and the occasional cruise ship from many…Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on June 5, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments
It has been a "different" week, this week.
Sadly, the weather has been horrible but, on the brighter side, there has been a couple of changes.
Of course, there is the new version of QF9. It used to be Melbourne-Dubai-Heathrow with an A380. It is now a 787 routing Melbourne-Perth-Heathrow.
And then, there are the changes to Delta's schedule. At the moment, they are flying 5 flights per day into Heathrow using A330-300 aircraft. This makes a welcome change to the daily…Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on March 27, 2018 at 15:59 — No Comments
A friend was doing his usual ship spotting turn down at Calshot last Tuesday (20th) when he noticed some unusual activity, with people and press were gathering.
It turned out a Cessna 208 float plane (N628JN) was due to arrive. The plan was for the aircraft to do a few circuits around Calshot, then land (can you "land" on water?) and taxi up to the lifeboat slipway. The aircraft arrived, did a few circuits around the Calshot area. Then the wind got up and made the water a bit rough…Continue
As I write this, Qantas flight QF9 is about an hour away from departure from Perth. This will be an historic flight of 17 hours or so and will be the first non-stop flight between Australia and the UK.
Unfortunately, the ETA is around 04:10 so there won't be too many photos of this one arriving!
And one for the Liverpool FC fans; Egyptair 737 SU-GEN arrived at Heathrow yesterday. Sadly it arrived at 21:00 (dark o'clock!). The interest in this one is that it is painted in an…Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on March 24, 2018 at 10:03 — No Comments
For all who are interested in old aircraft photos, I have updated a small photo gallery of airliners taken from mid1950's and early 1960s.
G-AHLT Canadair C-4 Argonaut of B.O.A.C. (Frankfurt 1958)
See the gallery here:…Continue
Added by Ralf Drews on March 12, 2018 at 15:10 — No Comments
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…Continue
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.
Best wishes to all for 2018. Let's hope for some good spotting weather in the year to come!
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.
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.
not been on the us reg long hex code and owner unknown
N889LM G650 MSN 6276 ex [N276GA]
Added by andy santini-man-egcc. on December 16, 2017 at 1:03 — No Comments
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
Want to see a parrot racing a British Airways A321?
I was photographing the lane as my nephew was on it, coming in from Manchester,heading for JFK.
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.…Continue
Added by Scott Saulsbury on November 22, 2017 at 7:44 — No Comments
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
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:Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on November 8, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments