Huge US military transport plane spotted flying over Cornwall


A huge US military transport plane was seen flying over Cornwall this afternoon.

A Boeing C-17A Globemaster III was seen flying over the county around 1.40pm today (March 7) but it is unclear where it began its journey or where its final destination will be.

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The aviation website, Flightradar24, shows it flew over Newquay and Bodmin and is now heading for London, but there is no information on its destination.

It can carry 45,360 kg of cargo over 8,334 km while flying at altitudes over 35,000 feet above sea level and at a ground speed of 212 mph.

Huge US military transport plane spotted flying over Cornwall

According to the RAF, the C-17 Globemaster III is a long-range strategic airlifter that can operate close to a potential area of ​​operations for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions around the world.

The Boeing website also states that the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III is a: “high-wing, four-engine, T-tail military transport aircraft, the multi-purpose C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in difficult terrain anywhere in the world.

“This massive, rugged long-range aircraft tackles distance, destination, and heavy, oversized payloads in unpredictable conditions. It has delivered cargo in every global operation since the 1990s.”

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A pair of Boeing B-52H Stratofortresses were seen flying over the county last week, having left RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire earlier this morning. These planes are US long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bombers.

CornwallLive reported that the B-52 is the latest aircraft to arrive at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Earlier in February, a bomber deployment arrived at the station amid fears of escalating tensions with Russia. Read the full story here.

A Royal Navy Air Hawk also flew over Cornwall and has since been spotted flying around Devon.

Huge US military transport plane spotted flying over Cornwall
Huge US military transport plane spotted flying over Cornwall

Flightradar states that the BAE Systems Hawk T1A flew from RNAS Culdrose in Helston and flew over Devon before arriving at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset.

These two-seater Hawks are mainly used for training and are the same model that crashed in early 2021 while flying over Cornwall.


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