This is why you saw RAF planes over Doncaster yesterday

The RAF were back at what used to be RAF Finningley this week – with some of their biggest aircraft using the runway.

Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 2:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 3:07 pm

The air force sent one of its huge C-17 Globemaster transport jets, as well as one its C-17 Hercules transporters to use what is now Doncaster Sheffield Airport to train its crews.

RAF Brize Norton said the aircraft were operating in the vicinity of Doncaster yesterday, whilst engaged in essential training for their aircrew.

It tweeted: “These are necessary, routine, flights and not connected with RAF support to the UK's fight against Coronavirus.”

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RAF C-17 Globemaster jet spotted takling off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Picture: Chris Etchells

Our picture shows the C-17 flying over the Hatfield Moor nature reserve during their training exercise.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport was opened at the site of the former RAF Finningley base, which was closed in 1996.

It was once home the part of Britain’s fleet of Vulcan bombers, during the Cold War.