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What was it?

Postby Мастер » Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:14 am

Out on a long bicycle ride today (I went over 90km, still can't crack the 20km/h average speed barrier though).

While stopped at a traffic light near Paya Lebar, I saw a jet aircraft flying low, really really low, over the buildings. It looked like it was about to land.

Since this is a long long way from Changi airport, I would say either (i) something had gone seriously wrong, or (ii) it was a military aircraft landing at Paya Lebar airstrip.

My first impression, in the first second or so of the view (and there were only a few seconds) was that it looked like a fairly standard issue twin-engine civilian jet. Big, at least 737 or A320 big, quite possibly bigger. Definitely a jet, one engine under each wing. Wingtips curved up a bit, not sure whether they were really curved or sharply bent up. I didn't really make out any markings on it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_ ... _Air_Force

So it could have been an A-330. Any other possibilities?

The civilian passenger jets have all started to look alike. There are the A-380 and the 747, but they're both on the way out - the rest are all twin-engine jets.
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Re: What was it?

Postby Arneb » Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:25 pm

Well, there's the A340, but that's on the way out, too. Brought Son I and me to Merka in '17.
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Re: What was it?

Postby Мастер » Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:34 pm

Arneb wrote:Well, there's the A340, but that's on the way out, too. Brought Son I and me to Merka in '17.


I was looking over the stats for the A340, and was inclined to say, no one has ever died on one.

But I don't really know that, it's possible someone died due to some medical condition while on one, with no crash or other aircraft malfunction at work.
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Re: What was it?

Postby Arneb » Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:35 pm

Maybe we can say nobody died because of one.
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Re: What was it?

Postby Мастер » Wed Sep 01, 2021 7:13 am

About the same location, but months later.

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Is this a Hercules?
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Re: What was it?

Postby Lance » Wed Sep 01, 2021 12:40 pm

Looks like a C-130 Hercules to me.
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Re: What was it?

Postby Мастер » Wed Sep 01, 2021 1:21 pm

I think the original sighting (for which, there is, regrettably, no photo) was probably about here.

https://www.google.com/maps/@1.3166988,103.8915049,17z

If one zooms out, the air base (military) is visible to the north, not far away - that sighting was a jet, and it was close - I could only see it between the buildings as it was coming in for a landing.

Today's sighting was probably from somewhere near here - I have shifted my bicycle route to the west.

https://www.google.com/maps/@1.322287,103.8802933,17z

I see fighters a lot (usually farther west - there is another military air base), but they are loud.
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