Tornado ECR close call on landing – RIAT 2017 arrivals

This German Air Force Tornado ECR from TG-51 (Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 51) Tigers encountered a huge flock of birds right on the approach at the eastern end of RAF Fairford’s runway.

The birds took of a few minutes earlier and caught a thermal that took them right into the flightpath of the oncoming aircraft. Thankfully the pilot saw them in time and was able to climb out over them and return a few minutes later to make a safe landing.

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