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#281584 27-Feb-2021 13:41
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What a treat!


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  #2663346 27-Feb-2021 14:19
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It's off to loiter over the Central Plateau for a short time before heading home too...

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  #2663347 27-Feb-2021 14:31
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We had a Globemaster flying super low outside Dunedin a few years back. Super impressive to see these planes.

Not my video, but this plane made 3 similar passes over my house.
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/globemaster-enthrals

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  #2663381 27-Feb-2021 15:36
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Large-scale RC model?





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  #2663388 27-Feb-2021 15:56
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I used to live in Fairford in the UK. There’s a USAF base there that has B52s stationed and they used to keep us awake when they were bombing the Middle East with them!

It was quite nostalgic watching that one fly over today.





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  #2663421 27-Feb-2021 18:34
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Worked with a guy that did security in the Aussie Air Force years ago and he said they use to get the odd B52 parked up on a visit.

 

These models had a radar operated rear gun turret, which they said was quite scary walking near it at night time, as it use to follow them.

 

They usually got a USAF staff member to go inside it and turn it off.


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  #2663422 27-Feb-2021 18:45
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Was supposed to fly over Wellington too but didn't, bit of a shame for those that made the trip to vantage points in Wellington to see it..


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  #2663434 27-Feb-2021 19:19
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GeekGuy:

 

These models had a radar operated rear gun turret, which they said was quite scary walking near it at night time, as it use to follow them.

 

They usually got a USAF staff member to go inside it and turn it off.

 

 

 

Nothing like a bit of radiation to fry the eyeballs and other eyeball sized genitalia!

 

On a serious note, that's a massive RADHAZ safety issue & the whoever left the system on after flight should have been slammed. Most aircraft radar systems are only to be used once airborne due to the RF power these things spew out. Usually they're tied to the weight on wheels switches, so will only transmit once the aircraft has lifted off.




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  #2663437 27-Feb-2021 19:32
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GeekGuy:

Worked with a guy that did security in the Aussie Air Force years ago and he said they use to get the odd B52 parked up on a visit.


These models had a radar operated rear gun turret, which they said was quite scary walking near it at night time, as it use to follow them.


They usually got a USAF staff member to go inside it and turn it off.



I'm sorry, but the guy was lying to you. There is absolutely no way that what you have described above happened.

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  #2663439 27-Feb-2021 19:46
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Ge0rge:
GeekGuy:

 

Worked with a guy that did security in the Aussie Air Force years ago and he said they use to get the odd B52 parked up on a visit.

 

 

 

These models had a radar operated rear gun turret, which they said was quite scary walking near it at night time, as it use to follow them.

 

 

 

They usually got a USAF staff member to go inside it and turn it off.

 



I'm sorry, but the guy was lying to you. There is absolutely no way that what you have described above happened.

 

Fair enough ... am only going on what was said to me.

 

Mind you, the guy was a typical loud mouth aussie.


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  #2663503 27-Feb-2021 21:35
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Ge0rge: I'm sorry, but the guy was lying to you. There is absolutely no way that what you have described above happened.

 

 

Yup. There's so much wrong in that story that it could be a Trump press statement.

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  #2663534 27-Feb-2021 22:30
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dfnt:

 

Was supposed to fly over Wellington too but didn't, bit of a shame for those that made the trip to vantage points in Wellington to see it..

 

 

Lots of people in Wellington seemed to have a slightly different expectation of what was going to happen. Lots seemed to think it was going to be some sort of low level flights over the City and the Hutt - that was never planned, and could never happen.

 

The flyover was planned to track to the airport and then head to Masterton just as the flight plan published by the US Embassy showed. I went up Mt Vic with the expectation of this occuring at maybe 3000-5000ft.  It ended up tracking 15nm south of the airport at 10,000 ft due to other traffic.

 

Seems a combination of PR from the Embassy that was maybe a little too enthusiastic and people having some idea that it was going to be a low level flight was a bad combination. There were certainly lots of people at Petone beach expecting a plane to fly over.

 

 


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  #2663539 27-Feb-2021 23:01
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"Due to other traffic" I would have thought that Wellington traffic these days would be less than it used to be. Previous flights such as the Mosquito and the RAF Vulcan ex Hong Kong managed in the past. Probably just not properly organised.

PS apparently the gunner crew position was eliminated and remote gun turrets deactivated from 1991

In the 80s there was a US frigate at the Wellington Overseas Terminal that briefly turned on a radar system causing reboot chaos.

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  #2663550 27-Feb-2021 23:49
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Bung: "Due to other traffic" I would have thought that Wellington traffic these days would be less than it used to be. Previous flights such as the Mosquito and the RAF Vulcan ex Hong Kong managed in the past. Probably just not properly organised.

 

Have also seen comment that delayed/late with undefined eta. So any slot they had planned went out the window and normal sequencing possibly took over

 

Bit of a crikey moment. 3.. yep 3 (zoikes!) KC135 tankers that arrived in Brisbane the last couple of days come across as a 3-ship to give it gas. Seems to say it was direct from Guam and had a long trip ahead to return (perhaps to Amberley for Tasman exercise on now or Northern Territory)


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  #2665946 28-Feb-2021 22:58
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Today’s flying at Wings was cancelled due to COVID.





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I'm stunned that this aircraft flew from Guam to do 3 fly-bys and then simply returned to its base. 

 

I'm also stunned that people chose to protest its presence as they said it was glorifying war. Each to their own, I guess.  





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