'The Black Pearl' - USAF C208B @ Prestwick

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'The Black Pearl' - USAF C208B @ Prestwick

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Hi, posting three shots just now. Quite a few visitors today and the weather was not kind. I'll sort some out and post later :smile:

USAF Cessna 208B night-stopped. Thought it was going early so was up around 5am to get a possible 6am departure. They headed off just after 8am and did it didn't half pour down. Got a soaking - but it was worth it :biggrin:

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Expecting Captain Jack Sparrow to jump out :rock:
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Thanks for Looking :smile:

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Now that is interesting! :shock:
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nice catch!

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Do love these aircraft, civil or mil.. Nice shots considering!
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Like your dedication. What is 5am? :grin:
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toom317 wrote:Like your dedication. What is 5am? :grin:

Hi, thanks, 5am = 0500 hours. Not too early for gems like this :wink: (three of us were there)

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Nice pics of a rare bird - do you have a close-up of the mission markings that you could postup?

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coanda wrote:Nice pics of a rare bird - do you have a close-up of the mission markings that you could postup?


Hi, best I can do is to crop one of the take-off run. Sadly they're not the best as I use an inexpensive 55 to 250 Canon lens but the rain was so heavy you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in a monsoon area :roll: .
The mission markings look like faces, not sure if they're pirates or balaclavas :smile:

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Really nice machine shame about weather good stuff last few days hopefully more action to come :smile:

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Commando wrote:Really nice machine shame about weather good stuff last few days hopefully more action to come :smile:

Hi Commando, went down today for the 'new' RC12X staging through - lovely, esp. as the sun made an appearance :biggrin: .
I think that makes x7 C12 variants plus the two UC35As - not to mention the Belgian AF Falcon, RAF Tristar & Voyager. Not bad for a Friday :grin: . Lots of photo sorting to do....Michael.

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coanda wrote:Nice pics of a rare bird - do you have a close-up of the mission markings that you could postup?

Hi, added a cropped photo of the mission markings. On the original they look like cartoon pirates. Hope this helps :smile:

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Great catch,

Does anyone know what the mission markings represent? What do they use this aircraft for?

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Had no idea USAF was operating these, fascinating to see one!
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Do we know for certain that this is USAF? Was wondering if it was Army...who seem to favour Prestwick for transit traffic...
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eng3 wrote:
coanda wrote:Nice pics of a rare bird - do you have a close-up of the mission markings that you could postup?

Hi, added a cropped photo of the mission markings. On the original they look like cartoon pirates. Hope this helps :smile:

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Thankyou!

I think those mission marks are stylised skulls and they look very familiar from an Xbox FPS Game. Can't remember which though.

I think this type is mainly involved with missions in to unprepared strips inserting/supplying/extracting various people and things. Probably an AFRICOM aircraft? They don't talk too much about what they get up to.

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looks very like the punisher logo
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Moss.ie wrote:looks very like the punisher logo
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Hi Moss.ie, wow!, that's something else, a bit scary, thanks for that info., never knew it existed :smile:

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Yes, I think you have it with that. I reckon this skull design is used in one of the CoDs somewhere along the way.

Oh - and - that aircraft looks ideally suited to parachuting with the slide up side door.

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Great shots there Michael looks like stormy sea conditions there oh matey excuse the pun :lmao:
all the best Dougie :biggrin:

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Just wondering if the serial 86022 has a significance ? 86022 was also a fake serial code givien to one of the prototype Raptors YF22's

Think the Punisher icon side swipes are just about perfect for this one :ninja:

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Do the slightly differing logos; the chin either points straight down or to the right as you look at them signify anything? Drops or pick ups perhaps?

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