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Indian Historic Flight Dakota

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roger4
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Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by roger4 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:08 pm

According to Reflight Airwork's Facebook pages (https://www.facebook.com/RAFBenson/post ... 7062891128) they plan to bring the Indian Historic Flight Dakota "VP905" (c/n 32820, ex G-AMSV/KN397) to Benson either Wednesday or Thursday this week, from Coventry on a test flight.

Both the Reflight and RAF Benson Facebook pages suggest the aircraft has been in at least once, or perhaps twice, last month, although I haven't seen sight nor sound of it, nor indeed has it been logged by my ASDB system.....

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by GT3ZZZ » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:42 am

I've seen it a couple of times over Northampton in the last 2 weeks but it didn't show up on the box.

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by roger4 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:22 pm

Thanks GT3ZZZ.

Odd that is is not been using even a Mode-S transponder, given its impending long distance delivery flight.

I will have to go back to spotting old-school this week - Mark 1 eyeballs and ears!

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by GT3ZZZ » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:57 pm

roger4 wrote:Thanks GT3ZZZ.

Odd that is is not been using even a Mode-S transponder, given its impending long distance delivery flight.

I will have to go back to spotting old-school this week - Mark 1 eyeballs and ears!
That's how I saw it, was making a lot of noise flying very low! It was returning from a low pass at Cranfield the first time I saw it

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by GT3ZZZ » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:54 pm

Just noticed it now showing on ADSB with hex 800E3D over Ledbury

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by T0RNAD0-GR4 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:43 pm

Spotted low over Stadhampton - (Not far from Benson!) :-)

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by roger4 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:33 pm

On the deck at 14:40 (local), using "VP905" as the radio call-sign.

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by marijn » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:13 pm

Is this Dakota still in Benson or did it return to Coventry (or ...) ??

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by roger4 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:38 am

VP905 is still at Benson, having been hangared since its arrival last week and having been formally handed over to India on Thursday this week.

However Reflight posted to FB last night that they hope to fly out at about 13:00 today https://www.facebook.com/reflight/?hc_location=ufi. Have read elsewhere that it is due back at Coventry to load up with spares before heading off to India.

Roger

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by IanM » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:34 pm

It’s taxiing out as I type this.

Airborne at 1644hrs.

Ian

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CameronSys
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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by CameronSys » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:41 pm

Seen in the hangar at Coventry today:
ImageParashurama by Cameron Sys, on Flickr

Planned to depart Coventry for India, within 48 hrs.

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Dan D'Air
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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by Dan D'Air » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:11 pm

What a beauty.
I do hope that she overflows Northampton. If I draw a line between Coventry and India, then I have a good chance!
Dan
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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by Supra » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:56 am

A bath overflows, a Dakota overflies! ;)
I do like your logic on the straight line navigation though, extreme optimism? Good Luck.

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by EGVP » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:48 am

If I were a betting man, I'd say it'll route south and via Belgium.

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by Dan D'Air » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:30 am

Damn predictive text.
I'm still waiting in my garden for the over fly. (I need to get the spuds in and mow the lawn.)
And don't anybody suggest that she's going for the loop.
:-)
Dan
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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by bob909 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:09 pm

VP905 showing on FR24 abeam Kidlington southbound at 14.08

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by geejay » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:16 pm

Hi
Said Dakota passed Didcot about 45minutes ago heading south and has been noted on ADS B as having routed via Basingstoke and Bognor and is now approx. mid channel about 3600 ft. Hope this is of interest.

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Re: Indian Historic Flight Dakota

Post by CHILL51 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:40 pm

Callsign was IFC 2418 working Brize 124.275 inbound to LFOJ
Mike

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