Military Plane Takes Flight Over Lynchburg Area

Lynchburg, VA - It's a bird. It's a plane. It's, well, it's a military plane flying over your head.

It had a number of people worried Friday afternoon with a number of residents calling ABC 13, even emailing in photos of the big plane, questioning about what was going on. Well, according to Rick Stein, deputy director at Lynchburg Regional Airport, it was routine military training, which occurs at least one a month in the area.

Stein says they were C-17's from the Air Force practicing a touch-and-go, just for the day.

"For a lot of people it's different," said Stein. "It's much bigger than the average plane that you see using here so it tends to look like it's going slower and it's closer to you than it really is."

The C-17s are larger than a normal plane flying out of Lynchburg. The wingspan of an Airbus is a little more than 111 feet while the C-17 is just under 170 feet and able to hold 170,000 pounds of cargo.