The skies over Longford had an unexpected visit yesterday from a US pilot who's a native of the county.
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster plane which was flying to Baldonnell airstrip took a scenic detour along the Cliffs of Moher and then up to Longford.
Aircraft watchers and enthusiasts report that the pilot informed Air Traffic Control that he's a native of Longford and was back to say hello.
The plane left an airbase in Washington on the northwest coast before stopping in Maine and then made its way across the Atlantic where it flew along the west coast and into the midlands before landing at Baldonnell.
It's the second flight by a US military aircraft over Ireland in recent days as a US Navy Seahawk was spotted over county Clare last Friday.
Here's the moment the pilot informed Shannon Aircraft Control that they were making the detour:
This morning a U.S. Air Force C-17 inbound to Baldonnell took a scenic detour along the Cliffs of Moher and then up to Longford. Pilot informed ATC that he's a native of Longford and was back to say hello. pic.twitter.com/xSKIULX8eM
— Oisín Tierney (@TierneyOisin) May 18, 2021