Aural observations of nocturnal aerial movements
I don’t profess to know what is happening, or why they might be there. But I’m grateful for the shield above me. I guess…
In recent weeks I have noticed a familiar, yet uncommon sound. It is that distinctive deep smooth/rumble of a non-commercial aircraft. On a few nights, usually just a bit after midnight, a very fast machine has moved across my sky, from east to west. High above the clouds (always and only on cloud-covered nights), and gone from horizon to horizon in the space of 40-odd seconds.
I couldn’t tell you if they are domestic or allied foreign in origin – as I have seen both in the skies in the past – and these latest ones seem to choose night-flights in overcast conditions. And, no, it’s not quite Air Show arrival season… well, it is almost, in a couple of weeks, but they’re not flying in that direction.
Should I be at all concerned? Preparing for something..? Probably not. It’s just good to know the boys are getting in some night-flying practice. Fly right, boys, fly right.