Eyes on the skies as transport plane flies in
» A GERMAN Air Force A400M was seen flying into and out of RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on Monday.
The huge military transport plane landed at the Cotswolds base shortly before 1pm and left a few hours later at 3.12pm.
It is understood the Atlas was there in support of a Tornado plane that needs maintenance, bringing spare parts and personnel.
The Tornado plane, also from Germany, needed attention after the Royal International Air Tattoo.
People reported seeing the A400 flying from Oxfordshire into Gloucestershire.
Although this A400M was part of the German Air Force, the tactical airlifter capability is also a mainstay of the Royal Air Force.
It can carry up to 37 tonnes of payload over a range of 2,000 nautical miles. It is able to deploy troops and equipment between and within theatres of operation either by parachute or by landing on short, potentially unprepared airstrips.
An A400M similar to the one spotted this week