Planes – Last London Post?

This is probably the last post on our London trip since I think I have exhausted my thoughts on subject. But probably not.

I have enjoyed extending them because I think we take trips and they fade into our memories. The continued blogging has helped to keep the memories alive longer

But there is one aspect I never did bring up in the other posts.


And not small planes.

I’m somewhat use to mid-sized Boeing 737’s flying over occasionally while birding in the Indianapolis area.

In London it was Boeing 747’s or 777’s every 60 seconds. Not small planes and low on their approach to Heathrow.

At O’Hare I took a photo for my daughter to show the size difference of the Boeing 777 we flew to London (on left) versus the Boeing 737 (on right) we usually fly in the States.

It was bad at Hyde Park but with the London Wetlands Centre farther west and closer to Heathrow it was annoying.

Other birders didn’t notice and when I mentioned it they said you get used to it.

Since I haven’t got used to the sporadic flyover of the smaller 737 in Indiana I don’t think this is something I would ever get used to.

In Illinois we lived on the approach to O’Hare but we were still 100 miles out. Which meant the planes were high but not 35,000 feet high. You could still hear them and they would distract from hearing bird calls.

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A Boeing 777 (I think) flying over the London Wetland Centre. At that altitude it was loud. And the next one was 60 seconds behind it. And the next one 60 seconds behind it… All day long.

That is why I bird Atterbury and Johnson County Park. The occasional train or military helicopter is all you hear.

Atterbury and Johnson County Park are not as quiet as Western Colorado but quieter than urban Indianapolis. And much quieter than London.

2 Replies to “Planes – Last London Post?”

  1. This is spot-on. All of the best birding spots in Allen County are on the southern side of Fort Wayne, which is where the Air National Guard base is. That base just so happens to fly A-10 Thunderbolt “Warthogs,” which, in addition to costing $80,000 per hour to keep in the air, are INSANELY loud and always fly in pairs and incredibly low. When you are trying to pick a Grasshopper Sparrow out of the weeds and a sortie blows by, it is jarring to say the least.

    1. I hear you. Or I guess I can’t in this situation. Seriously, you nailed that. I had forgot but my first year here they were still training with A-10’s at Atterbury. And you couldn’t hear anything. I’m told that during the height of the war it just wasn’t worth it on weekends. Now they are only here a weekend or two during the year.

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