A HUGE military plane soared above the sky in Southampton today.

The Airbus A400M Atlas was seen flying over Southampton just after 12.40pm.

The Royal Air Force plane took off from RAF Brize Norton just before midday.

According to Flightradar24, the plane was flying in circles above Hampshire.

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The RAF said the plane has the ability to carry a 37-tonne payload over 2,000 nautical miles.

The plane can operate at up to 40,000ft and can perform at low level.

Daily Echo: The Airbus A400M Atlas plane over Ocean Village in Southampton today. Photo: Tom OrdeThe Airbus A400M Atlas plane over Ocean Village in Southampton today. Photo: Tom Orde

Fully laden it can carry 116 fully-equipped troops, vehicles, helicopters, including a Chinook, mixed loads - including nine aircraft pallets and 54 passengers, or combinations of vehicles, pallets and personnel, up to a payload of 37 tonnes.

The plane is 147ft in lenght, 48ft in heigh and has a wingspan of 139ft with a maximum speed of 741km an hour.

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