Boeing C-17A Globemaster III circles North Cornwall coast

C-17A Globemaster over Cornwall
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A large military plane has been spotted circling in the skies above North Cornwall. The plane, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar, has been flying over Magwan Porth and St Columb Major after making it's way south from Brize Norton RAF station in Oxfordshire this afternoon (June 6).

According to FlightRadar, the aircraft took off shortly after 12pm and made several loops over Oxfordshire before heading southwest. It then made several laps over Devon, between Exeter and Seaton before crossing over the Tamar and heading into Cornwall.

It has looped over the Newquay Airport, as well as the North Cornwall coast approximately 10 times. FlightRadar also reports an easyJet flight making similar loops over Newquay Airport.

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The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large military aircraft used by the RAF, among other air forces worldwide. The RAF says it is a "long range, heavy-lift strategic transport aircraft" and is capable of delivering all manner of cargo to operational bases globally. "It can transport 100,000lb (45,360kg) of freight more than 4,500nm (8,334km) while flying at altitudes above 35,000ft," the RAF website states.

The large military plane - such as the one pictured here - flew to Cornwall and Devon after leaving Brize Norton RAF station in Oxfordshire
The large military plane - such as the one pictured here - flew to Cornwall and Devon after leaving Brize Norton RAF station in Oxfordshire -Credit:AP

An easyJet Airbus plane is also making loops in a similar area, flying over Newquay Airport. According to FlightRadar, it took off at approximately 2.26pm from the Cornish airport several oblong circuits over the sea and land, as well as some smaller circles.