Spy in the sky; AIRCRAFT GETS PUBLIC TALKING Mystery plane with big disc on top is RAF early detection craft.
Byline: STEPHEN STEWART firstname.lastname@example.org
AN RAF spy plane - used to target Isis terrorists - has been spotted guarding the skies over Scotland.
The E3-D Sentry airborne warning and control system plane - usually used to guide jets in dogfights and bombing raids - caused a social media.
It was spotted by bewildered onlookers over areas including Dumbarton, Knightswood and Clydebank on Tuesday evening. One witness wrote on Twitter: "Anybody else see a weird looking plane flying over Glasgow? "Has extra wobbly bits on it, guess it's radar or something. Not showing up on Flightradar24."
An RAF spokesman said: "The RAF as a whole, including the E3-D Sentry fleet based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, complete a variety of routine training around the UK.
"In this case, the aircraft was completing a routine practice diversion to Glasgow."
A Glasgow Airport spokesman added: "They do this in airfields across the UK."
THE FACTS THE US-DESIGNED Boeing E-3D Sentry is an airborne early warning and command and control aircraft.
It monitors airspace to detect enemy aircraft and provide "situational awareness" to allies.
Sentry also has the capability to detect ships, relaying information to maritime aircraft or allied vessels for further investigation. The plane during Operation Desert Shield, ahead of the Gulf War in 1991, establishing a round-the-clock radar screen to defend against Iraqi forces.
In January 2015, the RAF deployed an E-3D Sentry to Cyprus in support of US-led coalition airstrikes against Isis militants in Iraq and Syria. The Sentry supported almost daily strikes against militants.
DETECTION E-3D Sentry
FLY OVER The E3-D Sentry was seen over the West of Scotland during training