Military jets spotted over Lancashire and Cumbria doing repeated circles

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The Aero L-39 Albatros and BAE Systems Hawk jets were seen above Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn, Barrow, Windermere, Burnley, Clitheroe and more

 

Aero L-39 Albatros flying above Lancashire and Cumbria on Monday, September 27
Aero L-39 Albatros flying above Lancashire and Cumbria on Monday, September 27 (Image: FlightRadar24.com)

Two military jets have been spotted doing circles in the skies above Lancashire and Cumbria.

The aircraft could be seen above the likes of Preston, Blackpool, Windermere, and Barrow-in-Furness on Monday afternoon (September 28).

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One of the jets, an Aero L-39 Albatros, took off from Blackpool Airport at 2.14pm before heading north over Barrow and Windermere before landing back at Blackpool at 3.24pm.

It spent almost 20 minutes doing circles above Lytham St Annes, Warton, and Freckleton before finally landing.

The jet itself is a high-performance jet trainer developed in the former Czechoslovakia. It is no longer manufactured but remains in use across the world.

The second jet seen in the air at the same time was a BAE Systems Hawk; used by the Royal Air Force and notably the Red Arrows display team.

A BAE Systems Hawk flying over Lancashire on September 27
A BAE Systems Hawk flying over Lancashire on September 27 (Image: FlightRadar24.com)

It set off at 2.41pm from Leeds Bradford Airport before heading south through Yorkshire.

It hit Lancashire airspace at around 3pm and could be seen over Lytham St Annes, Preston, Blackburn, Burnley, and Clitheroe before landing back in Leeds at 3.54pm.

Both flights could be seen tracked on FlightRadar24 among regular commercial flights.

These type of aircraft are regularly seen across Lancashire and Cumbria as part of military training exercises with the RAF telling LancsLive on numerous occasions these are standard flights.