Military transport plane takes part in training over Norwich

The C-17 Globemaster spotted coming in to land at Norwich Airport

The C-17 Globemaster spotted coming in to land at Norwich Airport - Credit: Sophie Larke

A military aircraft has been spotted taking part in training exercises in the skies over Norwich. 

The C-17 Globemaster III was conducting some routine training and stopped at Norwich Airport on Thursday, January 13, before returning to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The C-17 Globemaster spotted over Thorpe St Andrew in Norwich

The C-17 Globemaster spotted over Thorpe St Andrew - Credit: Kathryn Betts

The aircraft was seen over Norwich and the surrounding areas, including Thorpe St Andrew, Old Catton and Horsham St Faith.

The C-17 Globemaster III is a long range, heavy lift, strategic transport aircraft.

The C-17 Globemaster spotted over Old Catton in Norwich

The C-17 Globemaster spotted over Old Catton - Credit: Pete Handy

The aircraft is involved in combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions. 

An RAF spokesman said: "An RAF C-17 Globemaster from RAF Brize Norton was completing routine training at Norwich airport yesterday.

The C-17 Globemaster spotted over Thorpe St Andrew in Norwich

The C-17 Globemaster spotted over Thorpe St Andrew - Credit: Kathryn Betts

"The RAF routinely use a variety of civilian airports all over the UK for training as they provide complex airspace and differing approach challenges for our pilots."

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