Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2019

B2 US stealth bomber lands at RAF base to awestruck plane enthusiasts | UK | News


These impressive photos show plane spotters in awe of the world’s most expensive and secretive plane – while it soars just 60ft over their heads. Three United States Air Force B-2 stealth bombers are in the UK after crossing the Atlantic to take part in a European training mission.

The aircraft were photographed by Steve King, 37, at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, when they returned from a training exercise in Iceland.

The viewer waited on a hill at the start of the runway, to catch them from underneath when they came into land on Wednesday (11).

The most expensive and secretive planes to ever be made, the B-2 bombers are worth $2.1 BILLION each.

Steve, a bank office worker, from Swindon, Wilts., said: “They come down pretty low and are pretty loud.

“I thought I would opt for a different approach by getting the other spotters in the photo.”

The B-2 pilots and support staff are from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.

They are here for a short deployment to show American strength and to support NATO and its partners in Europe, it has been reported.

RAF Fairford has long been an important strategic base for American forces.

During the last B-2 deployment the planes were involved in bombing raids in the Middle East.

According to the USAF, The 509th Bomb Wing’s mission is to ensure: “They are engaged, postured and ready with credible force to assure, deter and defend the U.S. and its allies in an increasingly complex security environment”.

While in the UK, they will also conduct flying training and establish RAF Fairford as a ‘forward operation base’ in the US European Command area of responsibility.



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