Originally posted by stefplz
Don't know if I'm a bit late posting on this thread but..
I'm from the East Midlands, Leicestershire to be exact and recently I've noticed a lot more air traffic then usual.
Now I will point out that the next two across has a large gathering of Travellers (Slag would be the oh so delightful gypos) and we always have police helicopters going over to their neck of the woods. Now I play french boules on a wednesday night and the pub we play for has a huge gravel car park quite high on a hill surrounded by fields and fields.
Two weeks ago (wednesday 28th July to be exact) we were running through a practise session on the car park at roughly seven, seven twenty in the evening, when a chinook helicopter accompanied by two heavier looking aircraft came by. They left pretty sharpish but ten minuters later another chinook popped up. Now I can't say whether it was the same one or a different one, considering all these aircraft were non-descript, plain black, but it circled literally right above us for awhile before moving to hover over one of the fields. Naturally we all stopped and stared, because although we do get a lot of aircraft training over this part of the East, it was completely unusual behavior, and even the locals agreed they'd never seen that before.
After a little while it went bombing off, but as mentioned above, recently the air space is getting more crammed down here too, daily there seems to be some kind of non-descript helicopter / chinook / fighter going overhead.
Really strange if you ask me.
Originally posted by ray648
I decided to actually find out what is is that they are flying over my house constantly, so I picked up my camera and headed for the garden. In one day there were 2 chinnooks, one that was white (and therefore probably civilian), one of the ones from the first picture, and at least 7 of the ones from the second picture. Not sure what the first one is, but the second one has camo patterns clearly visible on it.
Originally posted by BSG75
I too have also seen an increase.
Apart from the normal traffic, I've also spotted helicopters and a large number of Hercs going overhead (I live in Hull, East Yorkshire). About two weeks ago, at about half one in the morning a large airbus/boeing type aircraft fly just a hundred feet above my house with all the nav lights and interior lights on. It was painted a standard transport green.
Also heard the rumblings of our old friend the Aurora during the late afternoons/early evenings.
Two US Air Force C130s just flew into Moscow. Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, or one of the seven other nuclear weapons labs in the US, are more than likely involved. Ask yourself this. What on earth could
have scared the Russian nuke forces enough to call in their old hated Cold War foe – the US Air Force – for help?