I'm essentially a long term lurker and have usually used ATS to get an insight into alternative views aside from what the MSM tells us regarding
current affairs. I really wanted to create a thread today due to seeing an usual sight in my neck of the woods but couldn't do so due to my low post
count. Maybe a mod can move this to another forum if they deem it worthy.
Today (29/12/14) at approx 11.45 GMT there was an Osprey aircraft flying over the old disused RAF Manston (Kent International).
Now it strikes me as peculiar considering the airfield has been closed for a number of months and the previous owner did a fire sale to sell all of
the infrastructure before a public consultation could be made (airfield vehicles, fire trucks, runway lights, backup generators, radars etc). If
something were to fail and there be a crash there would be no ground support.
In all the time I've lived here (15+ years) I've never seen an Osprey.
I quickly managed to stick my phone out of the car window and get a video...(my friends wouldn't believe me until I showed them the video).
Can anyone tell if it is a US owned aircraft from the video?
Does anyone know what it was doing here?
edit on 29-12-2014 by Loque76 because: (no reason given)
NO, its in North Bedford, near Thurleigh, it famously had Concord land on it in the 70's (as some parts of the wing were build there) if you look on
Google maps its a giant car park now, (i think it has almost 5 miles of tarmac)
Ahh right, i though you were talking about raf sculthorpe, it also has a very long runway, once used to land one of the sr71's. Do they keep up the
runway near you in good working order?, as they do sculthorpes, its still used for training. Lately with the talk of the coldwar part 2!, ive noticed
alot more military craft in the skies around norfolk. Most of the old base at sculthorpe has been sold, housing estates and a small industral park.
Its makes me wonder whats going on around my area, as sculthorpe base was an important base in the cold war era, it was last used by usaf. Only time
will tell!a reply to: Phatdamage
Great catch Loque76. I've never seen an Osprey over the U.K. And welcome to ats.
On the subject of car company's using ex RAF/USAFE runways I worked at Upper Heyford near Bicester some years ago. The runway was used to store cars
used for test drives. We even had Police cars and police vans and some UN 4x4's. The word was if the MOD wanted it back we had 48 hours to clear
It's a USAF CV-22 most likely from RAF Mildenhall. They're probably out doing some kind of training flight.
Special ops planes from Mildenhall have been known to use the also abandoned RAF Sculthorpe. If one breaks and they can't fly it back they'd
probably just load up an MC-130 with equipment and personnel and fly over to the site. Maybe they'd even have some fun with it and airdrop everything
and everyone in.
Thanks everyone for all of the response. You've answered all of my questions and more.
It's a shame the airport closed really. In the past 15 years I've seen so many different aircraft: Typhoons, Tornados, the good old red arrows, but
my favourite was always when the Battle of Britain flight came in. Lancaster bombers were the heavy ordinance carriers of WW2 for Britain but it
seemed funny how they were always dwarfed parked next to a 747
I was once even fortunate to see a Spitfire and Hurricane doing dogfighting manoeuvres for a number of veterans who were having an anniversary.
I'm still not sure what's puts those good chills up my spine most though; the deep growl of a Spitfires Merlin engine or the sheer power of a
typhoon going full after burner...
Further to yesterdays sighting there was another unusual incident today...
At approx 04:00GMT 30/12/14 I was awoken by a low flying jet engined aircraft. I didn't see it but it definitely wasn't a fighter aircraft and
sounded something more like a small commercial/private jet.
Now the really weird part is that the wind was blowing in my direction and I heard the noise of the engines powering down as if it had landed (I've
heard this sound hundreds of times in the past and wouldn't mistake it). It was dark at 04:00am and there are no longer any runway lights (as they
were sold) and there is no ground control.
The Osprey in the video above was flying directly above the runway as I was filming it. Could it have been surveying/checking the runway for something
to land on it?
The UK is just an aircraft carier for the USA with about a hundred military bases over it and the US does not need to ask any of us before it does
They are also fooling radar by flying black helicopters at night, low to the ground that are so close togather that they are almost touching each
other and this is something i saw for myself about ten years ago.
We don't want or need the US militay bases here and no politician dare say hardly a word about it so what going on
Even if the US or MoD wanted to land something there they would still need some kind of support infrastructure for re-fueling, maintenance, supplies,
ect. for what ever landed there.
Possibly they are feeling it out first for future utilization?
Can you access the air field by car or on foot? If you can then I doubt anything nefarious is going on there. If things like guards, new fences,
patrols, or surveillance cameras start popping up then those would possibly indicate that something was afoot.
If the airstrip is being used for potential rendition flight/s then those security measures above may be temporary or fleeting and time could be of
the essence in reconnoitering the airfield if you really want to find out for yourself.
If you can access the airfield look for evidence of tire tracks, fresh rubber on the runway, anything that might indicate someone was there and had
made use of the air field recently.
well last time we had UK bases being used for rendition flights they utilised a lot more airfileds than was reported when the story broke.
I myself saw one of the planes (matching tail-numbers) that was used , whilst i was working up at Waddington in Lincolnshire. and one of my old work
colleagues even saw them land ( for 30 mins only ) at an old air field up in Scotland,
so it may be possible that it is being used for this purpose.......
However that being said it is far more likely to be training of Spec Ops out of a nearby base, and considering what is happening at various places
around the world at the moment it is not surprising. I think we will see a lot of `retrivals` of persons from situations over the next year or so.
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