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Two iconic Royal Air Force Hercules military planes gave Midlands onlookers a show in the skies, as these stunning photos show. The warplanes were snapped flying at low altitude in the region.

The C-130J Hercules aircraft departed RAF Brize Norton in West Oxfordshire on Thursday, May 5, as they flew on a formation sortie across the West Midlands and Worcestershire to RAF Fairford. The aircraft then continued across the South West of England.

Residents were able to see the Hercules planes at low altitude as they approached Gloucestershire's RAF Fairford. It is one of the closest military bases to Birmingham, down the M5.

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The pair then climbed to 2000 feet and practiced close-formation airdrop procedures. With the sun setting, the aircraft flew over the Bristol Channel.



One of the two Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft after it departed RAF Brize Norton in West Oxfordshire

One of the two Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft after it departed RAF Brize Norton in West Oxfordshire

Pilots from Numbers 47 and 24 Squadron conducted simulated formation airdrop training for operations in support of maritime forces. The four-engine turboprop aircraft is capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings.

Hercules warplanes were originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft. It is the latest stunning military aircraft photos in the region that included B-52 American planes stationed at RAF Fairford for a month.

The B-52s have now returned to their base in the US in Dakota. They will now be maintained and updated before being used to train pilots and allied aircrews around the world.



One of the Hercules planes spotted in the Midlands on May 5

One of the Hercules planes spotted in the Midlands on May 5

The B-52s, commonly called "buffs" by aviation enthusiasts, were deployed in Europe as part of the US' regular Bomber Task Force. There has been increased sightings of warplanes on practise training sessions since the war between Russia and Ukraine escalated.

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