In a previous career, I was an Aerospace Systems Operator on the R.A.F. (That's where the Aerospace, of my name, comes from!)
This basically meant that I was working in radar.
The radar would turn every 15 seconds, so that was the refresh rate......a typical airliner would make a track like this....
An SR71, coming into our airspace, and getting ready to land at Mildenhall or Lakenheath would look something like this
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There was nothing quite like seeing that baby come down the airway.
I was also fortunate enough to fly simulators in the Air Force, and this was just one of the many that I flew.
Thanks for posting the story Matt.....Brings a tear to my eye!
Is it just me who thinks that is one of the nicest looking planes ever made?!
Definitely not! I'm with you on that sparky!
She's a beauty!
oooOOOoo Sorry about this, but.......
When I was on basic training at RAF Swinderby (1986) I was standing in a field, with the rest of my training flight, when we started to hear a roar....
Our Sgt, whose name escapes my, but could have been Kineston, said "Lads, you are about to witness something special"
A couple of minutes later that roar had turned almost deafening, and a Vulcan flew directly overhead, at about 500ft.....Spectacular!
(This thread seems to be turning into a Mango reminisces thread....Apologies!!!)
I'd also say that in the preview, the dots were spaced out a LOT more than when it gets posted properly!!!
They should have been MUCH wider than that!!!