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My son was in the middle of this lot somewhere this afternoon on his way back from Greece.

Every representation of a plane in that pic is an actual plane in flight.

There's just so many of them. I can't believe it's all necessary.

It also makes a mockery of turning the heating down a couple of degrees or being more anal about turning the lights off.

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That's mental! It'd been interesting to see that map over the USA.


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Here's the web site. https://www.flightradar24.com/multiview/55.04,-1.47/7

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We use that site quite a bit as here in Tenerife we look out at a distance on aircraft inbound on approach, if you zoom in on the page then click on the plane you get a lot of detail in a pop-up to see where the next lot of grockles are coming from. On clear days we see high level trails from South America to Europe and identify them.

At home in West Wales we are below the flight path (38,000 feet) of flights coming from USA one after the other at 5.30am to land at Heathrow when it opens at 6.00am. Ayjay, we used to live in SO43 and see much the same, & Bournemouth airport, you probably can too.

We also use a similar (marine) site to identify ships we can see visiting the Canary Islands of La Gomera & La Palma.


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whilst it does look bad on that scale and i think it is a problem every plane on that scale will have about a 30 mile wing span :lol:

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whilst it does look bad on that scale and i think it is a problem every plane on that scale will have about a 30 mile wing span :lol:



So true, each plane in reality would be about the size of a micron and be totally invisible in that scale.

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They do say that at any one time there are one MILLION people in the air :shock:

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At home in West Wales we are below the flight path (38,000 feet) of flights coming from USA one after the other at 5.30am to land at Heathrow when it opens at 6.00am. Ayjay, we used to live in SO43 and see much the same, & Bournemouth airport, you probably can too.



We do sometimes get the plane traffic overhead to/from Southampton, but I think it it depends on the wind, the prevailing winds are not conducive to them travelling overhead here so it's only occasionally, and they're usually high enough that the noise is not a problem.

I visit a nature reserve (Troublefield) a few times a year and that is very close to one end of the runway for Hurn airport, so it's pretty noisy there, also when I used to spend every Sunday afternoon fishing on the Avon there was always a lot of light plane traffic from Hurn, every couple of minutes there would be one going up or down, and in those days the Red Arrows were also based at Hurn to create more noise.

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A quick look on Wiki there are 5000 air lines operating around the world so if they all had just one plane airborne that would mean an average of 1,000,000 people in the air at any one time. When you look at Flight Radar 24 it is a bit of shock looking at the density of aircraft but when you zoom in you can see that there is a lot of space between them not accounting for height differentials.

All the times we have flown I have only seen two aircraft close enough to see. One was a military jet over France and another was an airline carrier too far away to make out. The air space is vast.

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Flight radar 24 is quite interesting to look at.

I live close enough to Gatwick airport to sometimes head the planes taking off is the wind is in the right direction. Mostly the planes don't fly over my house but when they do I can be on flight radar on the ipad, watch a plane taking off from Gatwick, then hear overhead it a couple of minutes later -its quite spooky!


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30-40% of that will be air-freight, the chef in Paris must have his fresh Maine lobster


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Friday and Saturday night I camped at Taton park which is close to Manchester airport. Close enough to read the writing and to drown out speech with anyone further away than a couple of feet as the planes climb. They started taking off around 6am and there is barely a few minutes between each one although after a while one becomes a little desensitised to them at least during the day. The latest was on Friday night a little after midnight although the frequency had declined by late evening so the figures of a million people in the air at any one point doesn't come as any surprise. Perhaps the only surprise is why so many people and so much stuff is in the wrong place and needs constantly shifting about.


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"Where are they all going - and why?"

Obviously - they're all coming here, for the benefits..... :roll: :lol:

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Grendel wrote:
Perhaps the only surprise is why so many people and so much stuff is in the wrong place and needs constantly shifting about.


This is what I find so hard to take on board, just the sheer numbers. I flew up to the Shetlands and back a couple of years ago to try and see the Northern lights, (the wife wanted to go) didn't land there, just flew around in circles for a while. Before that my only other flight was around Broadstairs harbour in a bi-plane in 1954.

I just don't see the need.

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Those figures just under "Flightradar". 1500/14,305.
Is the first figure the number in the picture, compared to the total number in flight?

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