A Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft was spotted making several flights over Wiltshire this morning (Thursday May 5). Flight trackers showed a Eurofighter 2000 flying over the county and all of Salisbury Plain.
The aircraft is the world’s first air defense and ground attack aircraft with “full multi-role and oscillating capabilities”. Eurofighter.com claims that it is the only fighter available on the market capable of offering such extensive operational capabilities, while offering unrivaled fleet readiness.
It comes as the RAF conducts an overflight in London today in honor of the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to the UK is part of the post-Brexit initiative to improve relations with Indo-Pacific countries.
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This specific fighter with call sign REBEL055 began its journey at RAF Coningsby around 9am Thursday May 5, heading south-west and reaching Wiltshire around 9.15am.
First flight over Swindon, Calne and Melksham. You may have seen or heard the plane around 9.30-10am flying over Trowbridge and Westbury before making a number of loops around Warminster and Salisbury Plain before making its return journey north.
He appears to have done a lot of loops in the air around the Salisbury Plain training area. It is understood that many military planes fly over the county either as part of their flight path or to conduct training.
The Royal Air Force has 137 of the jets, two of which were recently deployed to the Iberian Peninsula for fighter integration training alongside their Portuguese Air Force counterparts. Originally manufactured as an air superiority fighter by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo, the fighter aircraft acts as the first line of defense and attack in the skies for the RAF.
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