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This aircraft flew overhead at less than 1000 ft a little while ago. We think it's a C-17. We can't figure out what it was doing...

enter image description here (Click here for full image)

We're in Culver City, between LAX and Santa Monica. It was traveling south to north, about 4:50 this afternoon.

Scared the neighborhood...

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    $\begingroup$ Why were you scared? $\endgroup$ – KorvinStarmast Nov 25 '18 at 3:40
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    $\begingroup$ That is way more than 1000 feet. $\endgroup$ – abelenky Nov 25 '18 at 4:03
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    $\begingroup$ the whole neigborhood, huh? $\endgroup$ – egid Nov 26 '18 at 7:23
  • $\begingroup$ They aren't quiet aircraft. $\endgroup$ – Davidw Nov 27 '18 at 2:33
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Yes, that is indeed a C-17. As to why it's in the area, only the Air Force would know. enter image description here

https://www.boeing.com/defense/c-17-globemaster-iii/#/overview

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  • $\begingroup$ The images don’t do justice to its altitude. Nor the fact that it was banking right then left .. Exciting.. $\endgroup$ – David DelMonte Nov 25 '18 at 1:35
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidDelMonte It’s not a big deal, dude. Edwards AFB isn’t far by flight and there are plenty of military installations in the area that it could be practicing with. It could be anything: Touch and go’s, dropping paratroopers, doing search and rescue training.... Or, you know, chemtrails... $\endgroup$ – Frank Nov 25 '18 at 2:42
  • $\begingroup$ For what it's worth, I've seen them first hand, so that's why I was confident enough to say that it is indeed a C-17. $\endgroup$ – Davidw Nov 30 '18 at 7:43

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