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That Low-Flying Plane Over Austin Was Just Doing Some Exercises

U.S. Navy

City officials have confirmed that a military training operation took place over Austin today.

A U.S. Navy E-6, similar to a commercial Boeing 707, flew over Austin during a touch-and-go drill, a common exercise in which a pilot lands and takes off again without stopping. The plane was from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. 

"This is very standard," said Jason Zielinski, a spokesman for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. "We don't do it every day, and on these occasions people see a plane and wonder what it's doing above their house."

Zielinski said these are pilot training operations, requiring the pilot to make touchdown briefly on the runway, then continue flight.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the plane as an E-4. We regret the error. 

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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