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I saw this plane flying out from Prestwick airport yesterday but what is it?

Photograph of unidentified 4 engine airplane


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Based on the fact that this looks like a 4-engined jet, with a T-tail, and winglets. I think it is a C-17.

From wikipedia, C-17 deploying paratroops

  • $\begingroup$ Number of Küchemann bodies also matches, and the ramp might be identifiable as well. Looks like the correct answer. $\endgroup$ – AEhere supports Monica May 7 at 13:32
  • $\begingroup$ It's also got the landing gear in fairings under the fuselage, which is a common setup for military transports (to keep the inside load space wide for the full length). A little sub-fin also helps agreement with this type. $\endgroup$ – Zeiss Ikon May 7 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ C-17's fly in and out of Prestwick regularly. Prestwick has the longest commercial runway in Scotland (Macrihanish is longer) so it's a useful facility for exceedingly large cargo aircraft. $\endgroup$ – Rory Alsop May 7 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ And the C-17 is the only four-engined jet cargo aircraft flown by the RAF. (Of course, we don't know from the picture that this is an RAF plane.) $\endgroup$ – David Richerby May 8 at 11:23

It's a C17.

RCH560 C17 08-8193 arrived off the ocean about 0225L

As taken from this forum

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    $\begingroup$ Good find! RCH has the callsign Reach and is commonly used for USAF C-17 flights. $\endgroup$ – fooot May 7 at 14:49

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