Shocked neighbours spot huge military aircraft flying over Sheffield – this is what it was

A huge military helicopter is the cause of aircraft noise heard across Sheffield yesterday.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 8:56 am

A woman has described the moment she heard the a strange-looking aeroplane-cum helicopter in the sky above her home in Walkley.

Residents across the city reportedly spotted the distinctive aircraft flying over their homes on Tuesday.

Residents took to social media, where one wrote wrote: “I thought it was my washing machine making that noise at first!”

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Military plane seen over Sheffield - Credit: Anthony Higgins

They identified it as a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, a type of aircraft that has tilt rotors meaning it can perform both vertical and short take offs and landings.

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.

The United States Air Force UK Osprey unit is based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.

The United States' V-22 Osprey (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)