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Old 12-01-2011, 08:13 AM
galexander galexander is offline
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Default Re: Suspect Aircraft Just Sighted Over Yeovil, Somerset.

Yesterday, shortly before noon, I saw some more curious aerial manoeuvres over the Yeovil/Yeovilton area.

Several miles to the north of where I am I saw a passenger jet-sized aircraft at no more than two thousand feet flying eastwards along the horizon. It then suddenly turned through 180 degrees and immediately began losing altitude where it disappeared from view and I can only assume it landed at RNAS Yeovilton.

Further, about an hour before I saw this I heard some uncharacteristic loud aircraft noise overhead which certainly wasn’t a helicopter.

To turn an aircraft of this size through 180 degrees and then land immediately afterwards is not an easy manoeuvre and would have taken quite some piloting skills. But what was the purpose of such a manoeuvre? An ‘emergency landing’ from a cargo plane would not have required such a risky approach and I can’t imagine any training exercise for an emergency landing requiring such a precarious approach either.

Has anyone out there any ideas and did anyone else see this?
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