Plane Tracking

Plane Tracking

One thing that we noticed when we moved to the Fylde Coast was the incredible amount of air traffic that there is on this coast.


It’s almost like having your own intermittent and ongoing Blackpool Air Show, with the light aircraft that fly out of Blackpool Airport, and all the exciting things that shoot about in the air on training missions from BAE at Warton.


We’ve seen huge great big grey planes, flying so  low overhead that you can see the whites of the pilots eyes, helicopters of all kinds, and of course don’t forget the frequent fly pasts from the Red Arrows. They all send us to the window to have a look at the days spectacle.


We’ve been contacted by Barry Mills, a regular reader of Visit Cleveleys, who has also got an eye on the skies, and told us about some interesting things that you can find out about what flies overhead. Barry says:


“I’ve long been interested in what flies above.. not the seagulls (although I prefer not to be underneath them) but the aircraft. Over many years, during a lazy summers day off. I’ve chilled out and watched the activity in the sky.. and there’s a lot of it!!


Now thanks to various iPhone apps and websites we can track the aircraft in our skies.. somewhat worryingly there’s a huge amount of information available including altitude data, speed, flightpath information, even whether there was a delay due to someone being off loaded.


Take a look at these photos… a pretty boring shot of the seafront Jubilee Gardens at Cleveleys until you see where these two aircraft are going. The one on the left to Los Angeles from Heathrow, and the one on the right to Sweden from Manchester.


Planes tracked over Jubilee Gardens at Cleveleys


Finally, take a look at the following lovely sunset photo, the details on it read:


CargoLux Flight CLX770
Luxembourg – Indianapolis Intl
Speed 550mph
Altitude – 51975ft
Boeing 747-400 (4 Engines)


Planes tracked over the sea at Cleveleys


This is the detail that is freely available online. You can try the iPhone app called ‘Plane Finder’ and the website www.flightradar24.com


There is a huge amount of activity over Cleveleys and the Fylde Coast. Generally if you see an aircraft with 4 engines (look for 4 trails behind it) then it’s most likely bound for the USA or Canada. These flights are also more often originating from Germany or elsewhere in Europe.


Once you start checking the skies it can become addictive.


Have a look and next time you see a plane flying overhead on a clear sunny day consider where it may be going.

Lancaster flying over Cleveleys
This Lancaster came over Cleveleys at the time of one of the big airshows – unlikely that this would be on a plane tracker!

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