PUB manager Andy Smith was taken aback when he looked out of his window and saw an aeroplane going down the A44.
He was one of several people who wondered why the wingless Airbus A319 fuselage was going down the road on the back of a lorry on Thursday night.
The lorry crawled along the road causing traffic delays in the early evening.
It turns out the 126-seat jet was going to Oxford Airport, Kidlington, from Wiltshire’s Air Salvage International, which had converted it into a bespoke training facility.
But the company, which works with the Ministry of Defence among others, said it could not divulge who its client was.
CEO Mark Gregory said: “It was converted into a classroom and two sections for cabin training.” Regarding its destination, Mr Gregory said: “We are not sworn to secrecy but I would rather it came from them.”
Oxford Airport and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy denied any knowledge of the plane.
Mr Smith, who manages the Turnpike pub in Yarnton, said: “I looked out the window and said ‘there’s a plane going down the road’.
“We all had a good laugh.”
8:00am Monday 30th November 2015
OXFORD’S five tower blocks are about to undergo the biggest makeover in their 50-year existence.
8:30am Saturday 28th November 2015
ROAD safety campaigners say they are “astonished” that drivers with as many as 51 points on their licences are still allowed on the county’s roads.
9:00am Saturday 28th November 2015
YOUNGSTERS at an Oxfordshire primary school could finally be able to tuck into their hot dinners in a dining hall after the Prime Minister came to their aid.
8:00am Saturday 28th November 2015
BAYS in Frideswide Square will be “tweaked” after bus companies complained they were too small to safely accommodate vehicles.
6:30am Saturday 28th November 2015
IT HAS called Cowley Road home for the past 90 years, but on Monday family-run Oxford timber merchant W G Powell will close its doors for the last time.
6:00am Saturday 28th November 2015
ALL over Oxfordshire thousands of older people are fighting one of the cruellest but hardest-to-spot maladies of all: loneliness.