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
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.
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.
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
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…Continue
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:…Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on August 14, 2017 at 16:32 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on March 31, 2017 at 9:10 — No Comments
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.
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:Continue
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