Huge RAF plane above Somerset skies as Brits told to leave Russia – live updates

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RAF planes returned this morning

More RAF planes are back this morning.

Already a AIRBUS A-330-200 – a tank truck – call sign RRR9915 – left RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at 3.12am today.

It then cut towards the North Sea before heading towards mainland Europe. He is now over northern Poland above the city of Bydyoszcz doing tricks as he helps refuel the jets.

NATO’s Allied Air Command confirmed that RAF Airbus planes flying from Brize Norton helped refuel and support Typhoon fighters over Europe trying to defend the region after Russian aggression .

In a statement, NATO said: “These aircraft are contributing to airborne patrols as part of the Allied Enhanced Vigilance Activity, which is a NATO-led operation launched in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This activity sees British fighters flying side by side with their fellow Allies to defend the region and is a vigorous response to Russian aggression, contributing to Europe’s security.”

Another plane – a LOCKHEED C-130 Hercules, call sign RRR5750 departed RAF Brize Norton at 0711 and cut to Europe.

the Lockheed C-130 Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation and cargo transport aircraft. The general-purpose airframe found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, reconnaissance meteorology, aerial refueling, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting. It is now the primary tactical airlifter for many military forces around the world. Over 40 variants of the Hercules, including civilian versions marketed as the Lockheed L-100, operate in over 60 countries.

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