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Postby Charl » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:17 pm

Happen to look up while out in the garden at around 11:30 this morning

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Nothing on the usual tracking sites.
I am wondering what altitude would generate the contrails, it's pretty unusual to see around here.
It seemed to motoring along pretty smartly, too.
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Re: Contrails

Postby Sonnyj » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:23 pm

Yeah me too from NZTA, About 7:30. it was a bit thinner but straight. Like no wind. Maybe there was a couple or more given your viewing was a bit later. Pretty high though.
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Re: Contrails

Postby dbcunnz » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:43 pm

Here in Blenheim we see them several times a week depending on the weather aircraft flying between NZAA to NZCH and NZDN and return also aircraft flying NZWN to YMML
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Re: Contrails

Postby Charl » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:30 pm

OK so it wasn't a UFO checking out the latest America's Cup challengers :)
We don't often see them because the direct routes to the south aren't over Auckland?
Maybe a high-flying rugby fan returning to Wellington from Tokyo...
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Re: Contrails

Postby Lindstrim » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:24 pm

Quite possibly NAN-CHC or WLG. Their track I think goes via AA before heading further south
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Re: Contrails

Postby Charl » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:10 pm

Wellington, yes

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Didn't show up on Flightradar though, surely you'd fly that with a transponder showing?
THat Jackson feller again...
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Re: Contrails

Postby Sonnyj » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:08 am

ah ha - covert huh. :-)
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Re: Contrails

Postby SUBS17 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:52 am

Charl wrote:OK so it wasn't a UFO checking out the latest America's Cup challengers :)
We don't often see them because the direct routes to the south aren't over Auckland?
Maybe a high-flying rugby fan returning to Wellington from Tokyo...


US military Aircraft patrolling over New Zealand including Superhornet's from a Carrier not far from New Zealand. B-)
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Re: Contrails

Postby Aharon » Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:07 pm

That contrail is probably from Splitpin flying P3D plane or Jankees flying FSX plane.

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Re: Contrails

Postby SUBS17 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:58 am

You'll know combat aircraft when you see them as they often fly in pairs, so a pair of contrails is two combat aircraft in a standard combat spread patrolling over New Zealand armed with mostly smart weapons for ground targets. Often it is F-15's and Superhornets, another way to spot them is their beacons can be set for different patterns on the Superhornet and this sequence makes them stand out among other aircraft types....lol I invited them here. :D
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