I’m sure many of you have similar experiences to this but let me tell you
Every single night for the past two months, one or sometimes even two Royal Air Force Airbus A400Ms do this. Back and forth continuously, late into the night, every single night without fail. Hundreds of passes per day. Always the same general pattern.
Last night was probably the worst. Look at the time tracked, 5 hours and 24 minutes. And that was at 10:45 at night. The damn plane went back to Brize Norton and returned to do the same thing until 1 in the morning. Usually the stop around midnight but not this time.
Let me give you some context. I live under Europes busiest flight path, the Lima 9 airways which links Europe to America. I have pretty much seen every single airliner over my house. But this is not a problem, even when they are at 12,000-15,000ft, they are not that loud.
But this A400M is incredibly loud. The way the props are pitched must be part of it because when it’s at 18,000ft or so, the houses literally shake and rumble. The noise is surprisingly loud, loud enough to to wake up my entire family. So imagine when it makes 5,000ft passes…
Does anyone else have similar experiences to this? Share what you know because I’m wondering why on earth they would need to fly back and forth over the same area for times of 6-7 hours plus. Surely not training because they don’t seem to be doing much in particular. Plus why would they do it over a residential area? GCHQ is not far away, but surely they aren’t patrolling that with a transport aircraft?