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QHM Portsmouth

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…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on June 11, 2018 at 11:47 — 2 Comments

Departing vessel.

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…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on June 5, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Heathrow latest

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…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 27, 2018 at 15:59 — No Comments

One we all missed!

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…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 25, 2018 at 9:15 — 1 Comment

Qantas Perth (Australia) to Heathrow

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…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 24, 2018 at 10:03 — No Comments

Frankfurt Historic Photos of the 1950s / 1960s

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:…

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Added by Ralf Drews on March 12, 2018 at 15:10 — No Comments

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 — 4 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

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