What just flew over West Leeds?

Railways, trams, buses, etc.
shutthatdoor
PostsCOLON 83
JoinedCOLON Wed 14 Jul, 2010 12:09 pm

What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby shutthatdoor » Thu 27 Jul, 2017 6:17 pm

A very odd looking plane flew over West Leeds (and no doubt other bits of Leeds). It looked and sounded like something out of Buck Rogers. This was just after six pm or thereabouts.
'Eeh! That's thrown fat on t' fire'
User avatar
blackprince
PostsCOLON 618
JoinedCOLON Tue 04 Sep, 2007 2:10 pm

Re: What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby blackprince » Thu 27 Jul, 2017 7:42 pm

Can you describe it in a bit more detail.
Military or civil? How many engines? Wing shape etc?
'Tis the time of year for Airshows could it have been a foreign visitor?
It used to be said that the statue of the Black Prince had been placed in City Square , near the station, pointing South to tell all the southerners who've just got off the train to b****r off back down south!
shutthatdoor
PostsCOLON 83
JoinedCOLON Wed 14 Jul, 2010 12:09 pm

Re: What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby shutthatdoor » Fri 28 Jul, 2017 4:41 pm

It was hard to tell. It was slim and silverish with small fins on the front nose. It also had a circular looking structure on the forward fuselage. It had a high pitched engine sound which is the thing that alerted me to it in the first place.
'Eeh! That's thrown fat on t' fire'
User avatar
blackprince
PostsCOLON 618
JoinedCOLON Tue 04 Sep, 2007 2:10 pm

Re: What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby blackprince » Fri 28 Jul, 2017 7:40 pm

shutthatdoor wroteColonIt was hard to tell. It was slim and silverish with small fins on the front nose. It also had a circular looking structure on the forward fuselage. It had a high pitched engine sound which is the thing that alerted me to it in the first place.


Hmmm.. There are not too many aircraft with fins at the front - Canard Wings .
Do you think it could have been a Piaggio P180 Avanti ?
https://www.wired.com/2010/08/piaggio-p180-business-airplane/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaggio_P.180_Avanti

Here is a description of the engine noise
[The Avanti noise IS terrible. Like a circular saw on steroids....a very annoying noise, not necessarily loud but very distinctive...


This is due to the pusher propellers and turbine engines.
It used to be said that the statue of the Black Prince had been placed in City Square , near the station, pointing South to tell all the southerners who've just got off the train to b****r off back down south!

Minda
PostsCOLON 8
JoinedCOLON Mon 19 Sep, 2016 1:13 am

Re: What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby Minda » Fri 28 Jul, 2017 10:40 pm

I think I saw this too! It made such a weird sound I came out of the house to see what it was. I only saw the back if it as it vanished but it seemed small and low flying.
Minda
PostsCOLON 8
JoinedCOLON Mon 19 Sep, 2016 1:13 am

Re: What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby Minda » Fri 28 Jul, 2017 10:42 pm

Yeah. What I saw could easily have been what's in the link you've posted.
Bruno
PostsCOLON 307
JoinedCOLON Fri 29 Jul, 2011 9:54 am

Re: What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby Bruno » Sat 29 Jul, 2017 8:47 pm

Here's a bit of wild speculation. I see from the link posted above by blackprince that this type of aircraft is used by the Ferrari F1 team. On Thursday afternoon, some motoring enthusiast wrote off a Ferrari he'd taken delivery of just an hour previously, on the M1 at Barnsley. Could it be that Ferrari has an accident investigation team that also travels the world in the same type of aircraft?
The older I get, the better I was.
User avatar
chemimike
PostsCOLON 361
JoinedCOLON Fri 14 Mar, 2008 7:23 pm
LocationCOLON Reading

Re: What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby chemimike » Sun 30 Jul, 2017 12:04 pm

Sounds very likely, though I would use the word idiot, rather than enthusiast.

User avatar
tilly
PostsCOLON 1664
JoinedCOLON Mon 11 Jan, 2010 2:32 pm

Re: What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby tilly » Sun 30 Jul, 2017 4:28 pm

I am with you on this one chemimike Ferrari plus M1= idiot i hope the driver was ok.
No matter were i end my days im an Hunslet lad with Hunslet ways.
shutthatdoor
PostsCOLON 83
JoinedCOLON Wed 14 Jul, 2010 12:09 pm

Re: What just flew over West Leeds?

Postby shutthatdoor » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 5:59 am

The links by blackprince suggest that this is possibly what I saw. It was a few seconds glimpse and the shape does seem the fit, The Circular Structure I saw was probably the engines, you know how your mind make impressions and has to work the details out later.
Thanks to everyone for your contributions, I didn't know that about Ferrari. If I hear it again I'll grab my camera. Cheers!
'Eeh! That's thrown fat on t' fire'

Return to





Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 2 and 0 guests