Driving up the M74 in Scotland (between J12 and 13) yesterday I was scooting along in lane two, I needed to overtake the vehicle in front; check mirror; but I couldn’t really make out what I was seeing, it didn’t make sense; at first I thought the mirror was broken, there was a long greenish, blackish, slash diagonally across the wing mirror, it didn’t compute. So I looked over my shoulder, as you do; OMG, coming up lane three (that how it looked from where I was sitting) was a plane; I kid you not; that’s was the image filling my wing mirror; a very large, very low RAF transport plane, was flying up the motorway. Banking at about 45 degrees it came straight over our heads, Mr UHDD reckoned it to be at a height of around 200ft (and he is less prone to exaggeration than I am!) the children thought it was going to crash on the motorway.
Although I was more than a little startled to see it coming, judging by the long ripple of brake-lights and slowing traffic in front of us, a lot of people were taken by surprise; for drivers on the southbound carriageway it must have looked like it was flying straight at them.
I said that I had ‘never seen anything like that in my wing mirror before’, Tom and Mr UHDD said they thought they had seen an avatar that bore a striking resemblance to what I described, and Tom has found it for me.
Yep, that is pretty much how it felt! I have often seen low flying RAF planes in the Lake District, as Purple Plus describes here, but should this one have been there? Flying so low over a busy motorway? It was risky, it could easily have caused an accident, just by the amount of distraction it caused. It was a moment that is now locked into the family archives of Scotland 2007