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Drones Operating in the UK?

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posted on May, 3 2016 @ 06:44 PM
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a reply to: Imagewerx

There was a black program crash there. The aircraft had to be quickly recovered and flown back to the US on a C-5. They quickly got it into a hangar and sent a crew out to prepare it for transport.




posted on May, 3 2016 @ 08:57 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

You think that platform will ever be revealed?



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 09:07 PM
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a reply to: Northernhollow

No.



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 09:20 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Sounds like a bird that likes to hang out with a bomber masquerading as a fighter...



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 09:49 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

What a shame. All that technology lost to history.



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 09:51 PM
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a reply to: Northernhollow

I'd love to see them open the Dock, but yeah, that would freak people out to see some of those toys.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 02:04 AM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Imagewerx

There was a black program crash there. The aircraft had to be quickly recovered and flown back to the US on a C-5. They quickly got it into a hangar and sent a crew out to prepare it for transport.


That's how some history books tell it.Others say the 'black program' was a Tornado that was towing a decoy that somehow got tangled up and needed emergency vehicles in attendance as soon as it landed,i.e. it couldn't move off the runway by itself.The C5 was scheduled to land there anyway to pick up a helicopter Boscombe had been working on,and it was there longer after the event than is normally stated.
The truth is out there as Mulder likes to tell us,but is normally a lot less exciting than the legends will have us believe.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 05:17 AM
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I asked on a Historical Aviation forum in England..Got told "Nothing to see here"...



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 08:05 AM
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You can lead a person to water, but you can't drown them.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 11:39 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Anyone got a canteen?



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 11:44 AM
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a reply to: Bfirez

I really don't see how I could say it any clearer, without using designations, and that would lead to a big mess. So yes, bring a canteen.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 12:37 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

It's highly unlikely a UAV of that class (that is intended to replace Reaper) was flying over the UK seeing as Reapers are not authorised to. The UK has other locations to test fly UAVs of that class.

Also unlikely that a losing competitor aircraft (solidshot saw something with twin booms, so definitely not the Predator B) was flying just 7 days before the public announcement of the winner in a UK procurement programme, unless it is intended for other purposes.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 12:40 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Sounds like a relative of a greenish woman I've seen a couple times.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 01:04 PM
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a reply to: jimbib

The point of the replacement is that it CAN fly over the UK in civil airspace. That's why the Certifiable Predator B was selected. It's "Certifiable" because it's able to be certified to fly in civil airspace without an escort.

There are other missions available that a UAV would be a good fit so they may have been flying it to demo those missions.
edit on 5/4/2016 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 01:37 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Yes, Predator B is certifiable, but there's no way an unmanned aircraft of that class (Protector programme) that was flying that low, and so close to Heathrow airspace. Having grown up bang smack in between Heathrow and Booker, that is one of the busiest parts of UK airspace.

Besides, something unmanned of that class flying over Buckinghamshire would have done the rounds (and not in the spotter circles). I could understand if it had been only flying over the Irish Sea from Llanbedr or Aberporth.

This is likely a smaller class aircraft entirely, like I said previously, along the lines of F-720 or the Aerostar.



posted on May, 13 2016 @ 04:42 AM
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a reply to: jimbib

Sorry, been away somewhere windy for a few days.

I have to agree with Jimbib in this case Zaph, it would kinda be like flying a predator testbed at less than 500ft above long island in the middle of the day when you have plenty of other spaces to play around in all over the states. Just doesn't make sense.

Chalk this one up to unknown.

On the Boscombe down incident, I was based there for many years but way after the event in question. Everyone there seems to think it was way over hyped....but I guess they and I could be wrong.

Cheers
Robbie



posted on May, 15 2016 @ 05:31 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: woodwardjnr

Taranis was only a technology demonstrator for the nEURON UAV being developed jointly with France. Nice UAV though.


That's not right Zaphod. Taranis and nEUROn are both directly analogous to each other, one being British and the other being mostly French (with input from Italy, Sweden and, I think, Germany)

The UAV being jointly developed with France (if it happens) is a product of Taranis AND nEUROn.



posted on May, 15 2016 @ 06:07 PM
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a reply to: waynos

So many programs, so little time in the day. Heh.



posted on May, 16 2016 @ 01:46 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Ha ha, fair enough.




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