posted on Apr, 12 2008 @ 06:44 PM
When I was a teenager, regularly I would hear at night, around about 3am the drone of a heavy propellor driven aircraft - it was so regular and so
distinct (four props, definitely, you could hear the double "beat" of them) that I used to call it "old faithful". (I'm a light sleeper/part time
insomniac and so it used to wake me - moreso when I learnt to "expect" it)
I never found out what it was exactly, but I did find out that one of the bigger private freight firms used to hire a couple of Antonov An-22's and
fly them out of Manchester and East Midlands airports in the UK, and that BAE used to fly Guppy's into Europe out of Warton in Lancashire and
Broughton in North Wales so I suspect it was one or the other of those.