UK Flight Reporting 115,000 feet

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Trailblazer

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Thanks. It is not the sort of mistake computers make very often.. Can't trust anybody..
The Dassault 20 has a service ceiling of 42,000ft, so it's unlikely it was going for any altitude records!

Edit: some discussion of what these Falcons are used for here. They are owned by Cobham Aviation Services and seem to be used for military training exercises.

So maybe pretending to be an enemy intruder to test radar responses, etc. Just idle speculation but I wonder if broadcasting false ADS-B data could be part of that?


Edit 2: I thought these planes rang a bell. See this thread: https://www.metabunk.org/unusual-flight-paths-over-sw-england.t6595/ The tracking of these flights does seem to be rather patchy, suggesting they might be messing around with transponder signals to test tracking capabilities. Again, just speculation but it would fit with the stated roles above of "jamming platforms" and "electronic warfare" in a military exercise scenario. Civilian trackers can be fooled, but hopefully the RAF can spot them :)

Or a more prosaic explanation from @Efftup:

 
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Balance

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Trailblazer beat me to it. Don't trust those Cobham Falcons, they got sneaky counter-measures and are known to sometimes show either phantom ADS-B info (or not at all)
 
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