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HALO2 / RAF Mildenhall / N178B

  • 30-05-2021 6:07pm
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    I thought this was an unusual flight plan for a military plane:

    It did the same route, 4 days earlier:

    Seems to be an adapted US Goverment Gulfstream II that's usually based in Tulsa. Curious if anyone could shed some light on:

    - Why it routed over Dublin and Shannon Airports? I thought it was for refuelling for the ocean hop but it then went and circled out off the West Coast, only to return to the UK.

    - The circling off the west coast, there was no marine traffic in that area and as far as I can see, it's not a military zone.

    - The odd turn then return over Northern Ireland.

    - The altitude was 40,000ft throughout which seems pretty high for an exercise but the right altitude for a jet of these type to cruise.

    Any ideas?

    Other similar flights in the UK: