Glasgow’s skies shattered by the sound of a huge RAF military plane looping over the city
Glasgow residents were left bewildered last night by the unusual sound of an RAF military plane flying low over homes in the city late at night.
The massive Airbus A400M Atlas transport plane could be heard by residents as it performed what appeared to be various take-off and landing maneuvers at Glasgow Airport.
The aircraft appeared on the Flightradar24 flight tracking service as it made repeated loops over the North and South of the River Clyde before descending to an altitude of around 600ft (or less) at the airport, then to leave.
The huge turboprop military plane was tracked as it flew into Glasgow from its base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire before entering the airspace over the Glasgow area at around 10.35pm. It then returned south of the border about 35 minutes later at 11:10 p.m.
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Many residents took to Twitter to share news of the plane’s presence over Glasgow last night, with one tweeting: “Big A400 performing a low flight over Glasgow tonight. Flight by Brize Norton.”
Another appeared to have had his sleep disturbed by the flight, writing: “Fuel crisis? So why does the RAF have planes doing laps around Glasgow at this time,” accompanied by a sleep emoji.
A third questioned: ‘Does anyone have any idea why this RAF flight from Brize Norton is circling Glasgow airport, descending a few hundred feet, but n ‘not landing?’, with another Twitter user responding with, ‘Training apparently.’
They were joined by another puzzled resident who wrote: ‘RAF plane circling Glasgow, continues to descend just above the airport, then climbs and does another loop. Weird!’
The RAF’s Airbus A400M Atlas, which costs around 150 million euros per unit, operates as a tactical airlifter to deliver supplies or personnel.