A huge military plane flew over Devon this morning for ‘essential routine training’. The plane was heading for Newquay after departing RAF Brize Norton earlier on Thursday morning.
It was seen crossing Mid Devon before flying over Newquay. It then returned to RAF Brize Norton around 11 a.m.
RAF Brize Norton tweeted earlier today; “This morning, one of our C-130J Hercules aircraft is expected to operate in the vicinity of Newquay, while carrying out essential routine training.”
According to the RAF website, the C-130J Hercules is the Air Force’s primary tactical airlifter. It says: “Its current C.Mk 4 and C.Mk 5 versions of the C-130J-30 and C-130J, respectively, have been the backbone of operational tactical mobility duties in the UK since its entry into service. in 1999.
“It is frequently used to operate in countries or regions where there is a threat to aircraft; its performance, tactics and defensive systems make it the ideal platform for such tasks. The aircraft is very flexible, with the ability to drop a variety of stores and paratroopers, and operate from natural surface landing areas.
“To carry out these missions, it is essential that Hercules crews are highly skilled in low-altitude flight. The aircraft fulfills the same roles at night using night vision goggles (NVG), while the equipment keeping station (SKE) allow him to stay in formation in bad weather.
“Long-range capabilities are enhanced with in-flight refueling, while the in-flight survival rescue apparatus can be mounted in the cabin for search and rescue missions, allowing the Hercules to drop life rafts and emergency supplies.”