View Full Version : OT: lots of military planes seen near robin hood airport area

10-23-2007, 11:44 AM
Hi all, at 6 o'clock this evening while I was walking my dog, I heard a lot of noise and saw two planes flying side by side, heading south, about ten miles east from Robin Hood airport (formerly RAF Finningley). I wasn't wearing my specs, but I'm sure they could have been Typhoons or maybe Tornados (flying about 5000ft and climing. Anyway, less than a minute later, a 707 type transport went by(sorry, I don't know exactly, but it had 4 engines), same direction and low altitude with two more fighters, one on each side. A moment later, an AWACS went by at very high altitude, in the opposite direction, could've been a coincidence though.
Does anyone know what that might be all about? It's not often you see much RAF or USAF aircraft about round here these days.

10-23-2007, 12:00 PM
Somehow I'm reminded of an old saying, "Loose lips sinks ships." http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-23-2007, 12:19 PM
Yes, thanks you for givaway plann.


10-23-2007, 12:44 PM
May have something to do with bears approaching the lodge.

10-23-2007, 12:48 PM
Operation Iranian Freedom?

Although Leit's suggestion is much more reasonable. There was a scramble yesterday apparently.

Mr Bear. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/07/19/wrussia419.xml)

10-23-2007, 12:53 PM
Maybe the Russians have finally broken out the Blackjacks.

Anyone see the BBC report from the Russian airbase?
Tu160s taking off and landing all day and night, they also interviewed the 'Bear' pilot who was intercepted by the RAF a little while ago.

10-23-2007, 12:54 PM
That, too, or simply Operation Whack Something in Iran to Make the Ayotollahs Freak.

Putin is probably stepping up the war of nerves to remind the West he meant it when he said he would look with a jaundiced eye at any swack on Iran.

10-23-2007, 08:00 PM
john has a long mustache..
the chair is against the wall..

10-23-2007, 08:56 PM
Or even more simply one of the many exercises that the RAF like to do week on week out. I've seen some weird s*** flying into RAF Cottesmore in the dead of night.

Over my area, they're constantly playing wargames. I often see beside the usual Harriers; Tornados, F-15s, Hawks, Mirages, and Eurofighters buzzing round my way. One time I swear to god the army decided to use my town to practice urban-helicopter operations. A military gazelle or something kept buzzing my college and the surrounding area about 50 foot off the deck. For 10-15 minutes.

Or perhaps VIP protection to a hotzone like Iraq? Somehow doubt they were off to Iran. They're air-defenses are good enough to at least deter small scale air raids. If we ever bomb Iran it will be on a large scale and all over the news.

10-23-2007, 10:26 PM
When I was last in Cornwall in '95, I was near RNAS Culdrose. The choppers were at it all day and all night. If you didn't like flying machines, you would have gone crazy.

10-24-2007, 08:45 AM
This time last year, I'd have simply assumed it was a pizza delivery for John Prescott http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
It was more interesting than the 737's that are always going by these days anyway.

Hope I didn't give away any plan for chasing off those Russian bombers. Luckily, there won't be any Russians reading these forums will there?

Thanks for the replies chaps http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-24-2007, 01:37 PM
Nato summit