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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #549996 by kate
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This afternoon a plane flew very low over our place. It doesn't look like a passenger jet but I'm no expert. Any ideas?

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2 years 4 months ago #549997 by em
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Hi Kate, could it have been a hercules perhaps?
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2 years 4 months ago #549998 by kate
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Yes, thank you, that looks like it.....but why would it be flying so low over my property? We're not on the flight path to anywhere, no nearby airports but it was very low....

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2 years 4 months ago #549999 by em
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I would suspect some kind of training exercise perhaps? We’ve spotted them in odd locations over the years - usually closer to auckland & whenuapai - it must have been pretty loud and disconcerting flying low over your place!

Some info on the the kind of things they train for:
www.nzdf.mil.nz/media-centre/news/2013/20130315-afdion.htm

www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/nz-a...ans-in-nzdf-exercise
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2 years 4 months ago #550002 by Ruth
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It/they, and the Orion, sometimes fly over here. Sometimes they're on the flightradar site, sometimes not. Presumably they go off to the islands to do things, go searching for missing sailors/fishers, etc.
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2 years 4 months ago #550004 by spoook
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Er, Flightradar would have told you. Unless it was flying under the (flight)radar. ;-)

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2 years 4 months ago #550005 by Ruth
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They often don't show up on flightradar.

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2 years 4 months ago #550007 by kate
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We were drenching goats at the time (loud, low-flying planes do not help when trying to keep goats calm) so only had a quick look at one of the flight tracker sites but there was nothing.....

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2 years 4 months ago #550008 by kate
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This was the day after the lines company were checking the lines on the next door property by helicopter.....



The goats don't like all this low flying....and I'm not over fond of it myself B)

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2 years 4 months ago #550009 by Ruth
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They probably give no thought to the ground disruption they cause.

No doubt you'll sometime see drones of idiots who want to look around the place without visiting, too.
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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #550029 by Mudlerk
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Hercs are military aircraft; I rode them to and from Antarctica in the 60s, and have a nephew who was crew chief on one. They were unlikely to be doing anything clandestine, being cargo/personnel carriers. If you ring your nearest Air Force base and specify the date/time you saw it, they'll probably tell you what it was doing.
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2 years 4 months ago #550030 by muri
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The Hercules primarily fly from Whenuapai.
They are not pressurised like modern aircraft so do tend to fly lower than other craft
They are lumbering and noisy so quite distinctive
They can land on surfaces other than a runway so are widely used for missions up to the islands
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2 years 4 months ago #550034 by kate
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Thanks everyone B) I'm not worried about it, just curious....

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