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Circular contrails

Post by Butch » 31 Mar 2017, 16:25

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Yesterday i saw, what i believe to be, an airliner circling above me at high altitude for a period of an hour and a half. Any ideas what was going on here? Test flight, military plane, rudder problem, holding pattern ( at this altitude?) It happend yesterday afternoon ( approx. 14:00 - 15:00u above Mol Belgium. It flew over at least 10 times the same circular path but because of wind conditions, the contrails of the previous pass, drifted east. I'm just curious in what was going on...

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Re: Circular contrails

Post by sn26567 » 31 Mar 2017, 16:45

Hello, Butch. Welcome to Luchtzak!
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Re: Circular contrails

Post by vader » 31 Mar 2017, 21:49

Hi Butch, looks like E3 NATO.
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Re: Circular contrails

Post by sn26567 » 01 Apr 2017, 23:40

The contrails of a plane landing on a circular runway?

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OK, I am joking. It's 1 April after all...
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Re: Circular contrails

Post by Butch » 03 Apr 2017, 16:09

Well, could be a sentry for sure... But in that case, I still think it's a strange set of tight turns.
I believe a patrol area of an AWACS is much larger. also i thought (not sure with the naked eye) it to be twin-engined, instead of four...
Oh well, guess we'll never know.


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Re: Circular contrails

Post by jodakort » 14 Apr 2017, 23:09

Hi Butch,

It was definitely a boeing E-3 Sentry (awacs).
I saw him too (with my binocular).

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Re: Circular contrails

Post by Butch » 18 Apr 2017, 11:32

Ok!
Thanks, Jos for clarifying.
You are also from Mol, are you?

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