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An RAF plane flying over Teesside and North Yorkshire

An RAF plane caused a stir on Friday afternoon when it was seen flying over Teesside and North Yorkshire.

The Air Force later released a statement confirming that the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III had traveled from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to carry out training exercises, as reported by TeessideLive. It was pictured over the Whale Hill area in Eston between the Yorkshire towns of Redcar and Cleveland and the exercises are also believed to have involved practice landings at Teesside Airport.

Providing an explanation of the aircraft’s movements, an RAF spokesperson said: ‘An RAF Globemaster C-17 from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire was undergoing routine training in the Yorkshire and Teesside area . The RAF uses a variety of locations across the UK for training as they offer complex airspace and different challenges for our pilots to ensure we remain ready and able to deploy on global operations.

The Globemaster C17 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. It can also carry up to 45,360 kg of cargo while flying at altitudes up to 35,000 feet.

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