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Big Brother Dunk
2006-Mar-10, 12:32 AM
This plane was flying around in the skies above Saskatoon the other day. A friend of mine got a picture of it, but we don't know what kind of plane it is, or what purpose is serves. We know it's not a UFO because the pictures not nearly fuzzy enough.

Any thoughts by our aviation experts?

Nicolas
2006-Mar-10, 12:36 AM
Any idea of the size?

I can't pinpoint it, but IIRC I have seen this kind of aircraft on pictures before.

Part of it has a bit the shape of the Bell X-1, but I REALLY doubt it is a variant of that plane :D.

(besides, it has a low tail)

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Mar-10, 12:44 AM
I have no idea of the actual size of the plane.

randb
2006-Mar-10, 12:46 AM
Could be an RC plane....

Dragon Star
2006-Mar-10, 12:51 AM
We know it's not a UFO because the pictures not nearly fuzzy enough.

ROFL

Kelfazin
2006-Mar-10, 12:53 AM
Well ya know, technically it is a UFO. It is an Unidentified Flying Object after all :)

Nicolas
2006-Mar-10, 12:58 AM
I see no aerodynammic use for the wire whatsoever, in contrary.

It must be some comms thing. Anyway, it is a strange craft, I think it has a very specific purpose.




Any cows missing recently? :D

Dragon Star
2006-Mar-10, 12:58 AM
Well ya know, technically it is a UFO. It is an Unidentified Flying Object after all :)

Yea, but it will be identified so it doesn't count.

Nicolas
2006-Mar-10, 01:05 AM
Is it pulsating, making funny phasing noises and blurry? No? Ha! pretty weak for a UFO.

soylentgreen
2006-Mar-10, 01:48 AM
perhaps meteorological? :think:

Aerobird
2006-Mar-10, 01:57 AM
Owch. Expected it to be easy... *eats slice of humble pie*

The aircraft...in an unmodified form...looks to me sort of like a Alenia G.222 aka C-27. I haven't a clue as to what the antenna thingy is for...

Dragon Star
2006-Mar-10, 02:07 AM
Hi Aerobird, welcome to BAUT forum!:dance:

Trebuchet
2006-Mar-10, 02:20 AM
Owch. Expected it to be easy... *eats slice of humble pie*

The aircraft...in an unmodified form...looks to me sort of like a Alenia G.222 aka C-27. I haven't a clue as to what the antenna thingy is for...

Actually looks smaller than that to me, but since there's no real sense of scale, I could well be mistaken. And welcome to the BAUT. Always nice to have another member with an aerospace interest.

BBD, any sound, piston vs turbine?

Aerobird
2006-Mar-10, 02:28 AM
Thanks for the welcome. :)

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Mar-10, 02:29 AM
Unfortunately I wasn't there when the picture was taken so I don't know what kind of sound it made.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Mar-10, 02:31 AM
Hey Aerobird, welcome to the forum!http://www.websmileys.com/sm/drink/trink39.gif

JonClarke
2006-Mar-10, 03:07 AM
I don't know what type of aircraft it is, but it is obviously a platform for airborne electromagnetic surveying. A range of 2, 3, and 4 engined aircraft are used for this.

For example, CASA 212 with GEOTEM (http://www.fugroairborne.com.au/services/electromag/geotem/index.html)

Trislander with TEMPEST (http://www.crcamet.mq.edu.au/Activities/NewsReleases/TemoraSurvey.htm)

DHC-7 with MEGATEM (http://www.fugroairborne.com.au/services/electromag/megatem/index.html)

It's a very useful geophysical technique for mineral exploration, groundwater surveys, and environmental work.

As I said, I don't know for sure, but I think the aircraft is the CASA. Fugro do have one based in Canada and it has the same nose pylon for the GEOTEM

Jon

tofu
2006-Mar-10, 03:15 AM
JonClarke is right. It's a signal's intelligence aircraft. The USAF uses C-130s for this.

The aircraft pictured is a twin engine turbo prop. High, tapered wing. Low tail. tricycle gear (retractable? it's hard to tell, if not retractable then with pronounced pods for the gear)

Being that we believe it's Canadian, my first guess was the DHC6. But the main wing isn't tapered like this one is. Guess two was a DHC8 (well, this is canada and they do love their dehavillins) - but the DHC8 has a high T tail.

My current best guess is an Aerospatiale Nord 262. The general shape matches pretty closely I think. But I'm not 100% sure.

JonClarke
2006-Mar-10, 03:22 AM
AEM surveys and SIGINT are two very different things!

Jon

JonClarke
2006-Mar-10, 03:28 AM
Could this be related (Fugro own the CASA 212 with GEOTEM)?

http://www.cnw.ca/en/releases/archive/May2004/27/c8415.html

Jon

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Mar-10, 03:34 AM
It appears JonClarke has nailed it. It certainly looks like an airborne electromagnetic surveying setup.

Thanks Jon!

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Mar-10, 03:39 AM
I know there's been some discussion of kimberlite in the northern part of the province and perhaps Saskatoon is the starting point for the surveying planes.