Huge military plane spotted in the skies of Leeds

A huge military plane has been spotted in the skies above Leeds today by residents.

By Daniel Sheridan
Saturday, 4th January 2020, 1:23 pm
Updated Saturday, 4th January 2020, 1:24 pm

The plane is believed to be an Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft.

The aircraft came up from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, before making an approach to Leeds Bradford Airport before flying Northwards and onwards to Scotland.

The aircraft is a European, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft produced between 2007 and the present.

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Users of the craft include the German Air Force, French Air Force, Spanish Air Force and Royal Air Force.

There are only 87 of the aircraft in the world, with an eye watering price tag of over £150m.

The aircraft has a cruising speed of 781 km/h and range of 3,300 km.

Many Leeds residents took to social media after spotting the plane flying low above Leeds.

It is common for military aircraft to take part in training around Yeadon and Leeds Bradford Airport, including refuelling exercises and 'touch and go' manoeuvres.