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.
A B-52H (60-0038) from the 307th Bomb Wing, 93rd Bomb Squadron from Barksdale, LA, lands back into RAF Fairford from a familiarisation flight as part of Ample Strike 2016 under the call sign SCALP99.
Rockwell B-1B Lancer 85-0089 from Dyess AFB, Texas, lands back into RAF Fairford on September 4th 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 a familiarisation flight in preparation for operation Ample Strike ’16 in the Czech Republic.
McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender (REACH 807) and Boeing KC-135 (REACH 557) landing into RAF Mildenhall in the summer 2016.
An Atlas Air 747-400 arrives and does a little runway dusting on is way in. This flight was delivering personnel for Sabre Strike 2016 and arrived on 30th May 2016.
Special thanks go to the casual day tripper and her companion who decided to walk in front of me and film the jet on their smart phone. I’m sure they’ll delete their footage as soon as they need more storage space!
A single Lockheed U-2 arrives at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
An awesome sight and sound in the Gloucestershire countryside. Watch the chase car speed down the runway to talk this notoriously difficult jet down to land.
Shot with a Canon XA-20 just after a very heavy, but thankfully brief, squally rain shower.
On the return from operations over the Baltic, ICER11 and ICER12 make a return from their first Sabre Strike mission of 2015.
These two examples were from Minot AFB in North Dakota 60-047 and 60-018.
Two B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers arrive at RAF Fairford (UK) for a hot pit turn around back to the USA. A stunning sight in the low evening sunlight in rural Gloucestershire.
These two aircraft had callsigns PANTS11 and PANTS12.
Lovely to meet a few people out and about today, and thanks to all the community for the streams of information. Top stuff!
Two B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers arrive at RAF Fairford under the call signs DEATH11 & DEATH12.
The 1st aircraft ‘Spirit Of Indiana’ DEATH11 performed two low approaches before landing on runway 27. ‘Spirit of Louisiana’, DEATH12 was straight into land.
Apologies for the wind noise, I had a few issues with my windshield today, which are now fixed.
Shot with a Canon XA20, edited in FCPX.
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