If your kids are always asking where that plane’s going – here’s how you can answer for real

IF your kids love pointing out the planes in the sky, there is a way you can show off your knowledge about where they are going.

You can even tell them what kind of plane it is and where it came from.

Flightrader24, a free app, lets you see all of the planes flying across the world.

During the pandemic, most flights were grounded meaning there were limited aircraft – the only flights operating were emergency flights and cargo flights.

Now, as airlines resume their normal flight routes, plane geeks can once again find out which plan is flying overhead,

Parents can click on the location toggle to see which planes are flying directly overhead at that time.

Not only can you see the planes fly over in real-time, but you can also see which airline, and the destination as well as the times they are due to land.

For example, at the time of writing, a flight from Rio de Janeiro was due to land at London Gatwick Airport, with the BA flight flying over the south of London near the Sun Office.

It can even track helicopters, if they are from private owners or from the RAF, and small private planes.

You can expect to see the most flights in August, the app previously revealed, with the month the busiest time of year.

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When it comes to the most hectic days of the week, it said: “Generally Thursday or Friday depending on if it is a holiday weekend in Europe or US.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Christmas is usually the least busy day of the year.

In previous years, pilots have also used the clever app to write messages in the sky with their flight routes.

In 2016, a pilot wrote hello after flying over Hamburg in a private plane, as well as a heart and giant flower.

And in 2020, a pilot drew a massive penis in the sky while waiting to land at Bremen Airport in Germany.

And an England megafan wrote It's Coming Home ahead of the Euro 2020 final.

Just before the pandemic, the busiest day of air traffic ever was reported by FlightRadar24, which shows 202,000 flights in one day, with as many as 19,000 in the air at the same time.

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