In the case of the plane sightings at Brize Norton, it now seems extremely probable that there has so far only been one plane. One of the reasons for confusion is that we sometimes get information from several different sources. As regards Brize Norton, we received information from an eye witness, but also from people elsewhere in the UK who have been tracking planes via U.S. sources such as www.flytecomm.com. This website gives information about intended flight departure and arrival times etc but does not necessarily show the actual times if there are delays or re-routing. Hence discrepancies in our reports. Below is the text of an email I received yesterday from a UK tracker:
All the relevant flights have been from Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas to Ben Gurion airfield Tel Aviv. Kelly AFB is home to the largest store of conventional munitions in the US.
1. The first two flights were Kalitta Air aircraft via Prestwick.
2. GTI8064, GTI8072, GTI8068 on Thursday 27 July and Friday 28 July. Atlas Air (GTI) Boeing 747-200s. All via Prestwick.
3. GTI8069 and GTI8073 were due to fly via Prestwick but were diverted to stop off at Mildenhall overnight Saturday 29 July/Sunday 30 July.
4. GTI8076 was showing on the internet flight trackers as landing at Brize Norton at 9 pm Monday 31 July and taking off after midnight. This landing time is not consistent with sightings at the airbase. The flight may have arrived earlier or later.
Information on aircraft spotting at Brize Norton is at: