Huge crowds gather to watch Canadian Air Force transport plane leave Leeds Bradford Airport

Crowds of plane-spotters have lined viewing areas near Leeds Bradford Airport today as they wait for one of the world's biggest aircraft to depart.

Plane-spotters at viewing spots near the cemetery
Plane-spotters at viewing spots near the cemetery

A Boeing Globemaster C17 transport plane operated by the Canadian Air Force arrived at LBA yesterday as part of a week of military training exercises.

Photographer Andrew Easby rode in a Helijet Aviation helicopter over the site and took these stunning aerial shots.

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The aircraft is due to depart later this evening, but more military jets are expected to arrive until May 18.

The C17 waits on the runway

The C17 will now head to RAF Brize Norton for further exercises.

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An ice cream van was doing a brisk trade as plane enthusiasts arrived
The C17 is one of the world's biggest aircraft
The C17 was due to leave on Sunday evening
Military aircraft are popular with plane spotters
The plane arrived from Canada
Crowds await the C17's departure
Roads with a view of the runway were packed