So I've just seen a weird thing. In my 37 years of living under the Heathrow flight path, I've never seen this before.
About 6.30 - 7.00pm in Maidenhead, I heard the noise of low aircraft. Went outside and saw three aircraft in tight formation. They came in from the
north and turned east over our house and headed towards London/Heathrow.
Now I've seen plenty of aircraft over our house, since we are right on the flight path, but I've never seen three aircraft in formation flying so
It couldn't have been for an airshow, at there are none round here and it's evening already and getting dark. So I thought it might be a diplomat or
something heading for Heathrow. So I go back inside and a few minutes later hear it again. It's the same three aircraft going over head. They went
over at least another 6-7 times.. always in tight formation and always heading south then turning east. They were a lot lower than most of the big
aircraft that are coming into Heathrow.
So I phoned up BAA at Heathrow, and they knew nothing about it. The lady put me on hold and when she came back about 10 minutes later, said Air
Traffic had no idea and knew nothing about it. She said the controller checked over Maidenhead and nothing was there. But she did confirm she had had
a few calls about it.
Maybe it was heading to Northolt... I dunno.. I am sure it's legitimate (they were hardly hiding themselves)... it just seemed very weird and
Anyways, got a video of it.. hopefully someone can identify them.. no insignia that I could see... looks like two learjet type aircraft... not sure
about the overwing with the 4 engins.
The ATS'er in my hopes it's some sort of secret thing
Thoughts? Apologies for the shaky cam.. was trying to get a tail number
The accompanying planes look like Learjets, which begs the question why would Learjets be accompanying a wee beastie like this. If someone really
important was on board - I dont imagine Learjets would be the accompanying planes. Maybe it was some kind of test flight, and the learjets were
monitoring / filming.
On the second pass towards the end it looks like something is protruding from the bottom of the main plane.
Your Ministers (and MPs now and again) all fly those around rather freely. If they have to pop over to Stockholm or zip down to Milan or whatever,
they fly in one of those. The escorts are an unusual touch though, particularly in country.
Definitely a BAE 146 and two BAE 125's. Might all be 32 Squadron who operate all the Royal Flights.
Looks like they might have been practicing a bit of formation flying for an upcoming event somewhere.
What's weird, if it was someone important you would expect them to go straight in... not circle round 6-7 times. Plus the easterly direction they
were heading to was towards Heathrow, yet Heathrow deny all knowledge of them.
If they were going to Northolt I would expect them to be further North.. we very rarely get Aircraft heading to Northolt over us because it interferes
with Heathrow traffic. My house is directly below the flight path for Heathrow.
I thought being in a tight formation like that over residential properties was a no no..
The BAE 146 is a very cool aircraft. Looks like a mini C5 Galaxy. About ten years ago some airlines in Canada were using them for hourly shuttle
flights between cities. I always thought that was kind of a humbling job for such a high performance, military looking jet.
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