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Thomson flight lands at military airport

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Thomson flight lands at military airport

Tracked a Thomson flight BY 9007 from Brussels, landed at RAF St Athan. What was going on.

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Wales
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1. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

Flights into and out of Cardiff airport (CWL) often show up on Flightradar as being to or from RAF St Athan, which is just a mile or two away.

That said, there's also an aircraft "graveyard" there - sorry, not sure what the correct terminology is! - which could be why a flight from Brussels was going in there. There are no scheduled flights between CWL and BRU.

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2. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

You sure that's the right flight number? Looks like one Thomson (now TUI) have used in the past as a repositioning flight.

Wales
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3. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

Here's the facility that's based in St Athan: http://ecube.aero/core-services/

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4. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

It was a repositioning flight - it does appear to have gone to DGX

It was a 767-304ER tail no G-OBYE (wan kanobi) ;-))

It's either off for a winter dust down, or to get stripped for spare parts ;-)

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5. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

Too late to edit previous reply; based on what Cymraes has posted, it could be a repositioning flight for a plane going to storage, maintenance or scrapping?

Wales
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6. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

Just reading on a forum that it was indeed landing in St Athan - it has a new owner and will be leaving in December.

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7. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

Jethros website has G-OBYE down as :-

WFU 31 Nov 17

Manchester - Brussels 31 Nov 17

Brussels - St Athan 22 Nov 17

Onward to SF Airlines

Angie.

Edited: 22 November 2017, 22:59
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8. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

Wonder what movies were being shown on that flight?

Just curious,

Hunt

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9. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

And SF = a Chinese cargo airline owned by SF Express (Group) Co.

So, it's off for a respray and to nick the best of the seats and IFE ;-)

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10. Re: Thomson flight lands at military airport

Seems not only do TUI have the only true 'Dreamliners' they also now have the ability to create a whole extra day in the month of November. What a company...

Edited: 23 November 2017, 01:34
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