Massive plane shaped like ‘flying whale’ spotted over Worle

Airbus BelugaXL. Picture: Airbus

Airbus BelugaXL. Picture: Airbus - Credit: Archant

Sightings of a massive areoplane shaped like a ‘flying whale’ have been reported in Worle.

The Airbus BelugaXL began its debut flight across the UK earlier this afternoon.

The plane, which took-off from Tolouse Airport in France at 1pm, entered the sky over Marlbrough Drive around 2.45pm.

A Mercury reader photographed the plane as it returned home from Airbus’s UK headquarters in Filton.

BelugaXL measures 63 metres and weighs 125,000kg.

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The huge aircraft will enter service later in the year after completing its 12-month-long testing period.

To upload your pictures of the Airbus BelugaXL, which could appear in the Mercury, visit

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