Albatross N98TP

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Currently over north sea from Bergen heading to the NE of Scotland, thought to be flight planned to Southampton. I don't know if anywhere in the country has gaps in the clouds but worth looking out for.
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Anybody got an ETD for this please? Wouldn't mind a trip to hear those engines getting airborne! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Stagger2 wrote:
Sun 06 Aug 2023, 12:08 pm
Anybody got an ETD for this please? Wouldn't mind a trip to hear those engines getting airborne! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
Also, it would be useful to know where it's going next!

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No sign of it outside at 11:00 this morning, nor anywhere on Southampton Water nor the Solent and no sign of it leaving on e.g. Planefinder.net. Hence is it currently hangared at Southampton?

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roger wrote:
Wed 09 Aug 2023, 4:34 pm
No sign of it outside at 11:00 this morning, nor anywhere on Southampton Water nor the Solent and no sign of it leaving on e.g. Planefinder.net. Hence is it currently hangared at Southampton?
Yes it in Jetworks hangar along with a few biz jets
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Thanks - hopefully it will fly round the Isle of Wight some time in the next week, or be back outside at Southampton when I go past on my way home next week!

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I heard a whisper that it was coming to Cornwall but I'm not sure what kind of legitimacy that rumour has. It looks like it has left Southampton and gone into Goodwood this morning.

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It really doesn't seem to be getting about much. In the two months since it arrived at Southampton (5th August), it has flown into and out of Goodwood for the revival and then back in again this morning - that's all.

Hopefully it might get out and about a bit more before going back to the US.

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Currently heading down the coast, between Weymouth and Dartmouth right now.

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The other Forum (FC.) mentions a water-landing at Falmouth before rtb (Goodwood?)
Hopefully it got a good hose-down after its salty adventure?

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The aircraft departed Southampton and went to Goodwood ahead of the water landing at St Mawes. The aircraft returned to Goodwood and ultimately ended back at Southampton, arriving at 1815L on Saturday evening.
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Pretty sure it flew overhead at lowish level near RSPB Pulborough on Wednesday last week. It was too quick to get the camera out the rucksack unfortunately

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It has just flown from Southampton and landed at Lee-on-Solent. I think it was airborne for about 7 minutes!

And back to Southampton, airborne for all of 11 minutes this time!

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I love how there’s an Albatross just pootling around in the south of England & everyones just like; whatever about it.

When was the last time one was in the UK?
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I'm not sure, and a follow-up question is when was the last time two airworthy Grumman flying boats were in the UK at the same time?

Goose N4575C arrived today, I believe into Coventry of all places.

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N98TP did a hop to Solent Airport last week, from Southampton for a drink.
Yep, flew down just for fuel as Southampton didn't have any!
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As I'm sure many will know there is little or no requirement for AVGAS of any Octane at Southampton Airport & i'm fairly sure that is the reason for the 'hop' via the Isle-of-Wight to Lee-on-Solent (Daedalus for us :wink:) Previous rare excursions from Southampton since its arrival in the UK early August have usually involved Goodwood (Revival Motoring Event) & foray to Cornwall for a water-landing. Goodwood surely has multiple Octane AVGAS (possibly up to 130, even 150 Octane for the Spitfires?) to fuel the Aircraft based & visiting there. I believe this Albatross only requires 87 Octane fuel for it's Wright R-1820-76A Cyclone 9 engines? The other aspect is Goodwood doesn't have a hard runway which, which given the biblical rain we've endured probably makes it unavailable for the Albatross AUW?
I don't know if the above is right or wrong, so please feel free to post the correct info' :thinking:

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Spitfires don’t use 150 Octane fuel these days, just standard 100LL the same as everything else. Does any airfield offer anything other than the usual 100LL or 91UL?

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Thanks for that Mike. Assuming that's the case for the UK. only? :thinking:
But are we talking Motor Octane Number or Research Octane Number here? :wink:
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The crew of N98TP have indicated they intend to use Lee-on-Solent in the future for fuel. Good to see at my local.

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I haven't seen an Albatross for at least 60 years! Is this aeroplane hangared at Lee or can you see it from the control tower viewing area?

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Orion wrote:
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I haven't seen an Albatross for at least 60 years! Is this aeroplane hangared at Lee or can you see it from the control tower viewing area?
Its hangered at Southampton

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Thanks for that, enjoy your New Year!

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