x2 B-1B s (BONE01 & 02) launch from RAF Fairford 9th July 2017

Shortly following the B-52 on the same day, and just after 6am on a chilly summers morning, the regular dawn chorus of rural Gloucestershire was accompanied by the sound of two B-1Bs (85-0084 BONE01 and 86-139 BONE02) out to a Baltops mission somewhere out in the Baltic Sea.

These aircraft come from the 34th BS United States Air Force at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota.

B-52H (BUFF01) launch from RAF Fairford 9th July 2017

Just after 6am on a chilly summers morning, the regular dawn chorus of rural Gloucestershire was accompanied by the sound of 8 × Pratt & Whitney TF33s powering this mighty B-52 Stratofortress (60-0002 callsign BUFF01) out to another Baltops mission somewhere out in the Baltic Sea.

This aircraft comes from the 2nd BW United States Air Force at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana.

C-5M Super Galaxy rapid departure from RAF Fairford – 27th May 2017

This C-5M (callsign RCH965 – 87-0036) had just offloaded its cargo at RAF Fairford before departing to a local airfield. I was expecting a flat, slow climb out, and set myself up at the 09 end of Fairford’s runway. As you can see, this particular aircraft was clearly light, and by the time it got to the runway threshold was at least 1,500ft.

Lockheed U-2s DRAGON21 into RAF Fairford May 2017

This was a stunning landing in what were marginal crosswind conditions for this notoriously difficult to land aircraft.

This particular jet is from the 9th RW at Beale AFB in the USA, and was flying with the callsign DRAGON21. In this video you can hear the chase car talking his colleague down, which is standard practice in U-2 ops. Fantastic to hear some personality coming across the airwaves too! ‘Good Job Dragon, Welcome to England. The wind was a bit dodgy up back there”!

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B-1B returning from Sanicole Air Show 09.09.2016

Rockwell B-1B Lancer (85-0089) returning to RAF Fairford on the 9th September 2016 under the call sign CROOK02.

This aircraft is from the 28th BS, part of the 7th OG Global Strike Command and was taking part in the International Sanicole airshow, Belgium (www.sanicole.com).

There was a fairly strong crosswind on this day, which caused the jets (and my camera) to be buffeted around a fair amount. You can see the commander skilfully working the jet through the wind for a gentle landing on runway 27.

Lovely to see these impressive jets in the UK skies again, and hopefully they’ll become a more familiar sight in the coming years.

B-1B returning from Ample Strike mission 09.09.16

Rockwell B-1B Lancer (86-0127) returning to RAF Fairford on the 9th September 2016 under the call sign CROOK01.

This aircraft is from the 28th BS, part of the 7th OG Global Strike Command and was taking part in Ample Strike ’16 in the Czech Republic.

There was a fairly strong crosswind on this day, which caused the jets (and my camera) to be buffeted around a fair amount.

Lovely to see these impressive jets in the UK skies again, and hopefully they’ll become a more familiar sight in the coming years.

2nd B-1B Lancer Launching from RAF Fairford 09.09.16

Rockwell B-1B Lancer (85-0089) from Dyess AFB, Texas, roars out of RAF Fairford on September 9th 2016 under the call sign CROOK02. The jet was so loud my mic wasn’t really able to cope with the noise.

This aircraft is from the 28th BS, part of the 7th OG Global Strike Command and was deploying from RAF Fairford for the International Sanicole airshow, Belgium (www.sanicole.com).

Check out 0:51 as the jet passes through the clouds.

B-1B Lancer launching from RAF Fairford 09.09.16

A single Rockwell B-1 (86-0127) departing RAF Fairford on the 9th September 2016 under the call sign CROOK01.

This aircraft is from the 28th BS, part of the 7th OG Global Strike Command and was taking part in Ample Strike ’16 in the Czech Republic.

Jump to 1:28 for the take off roll.