A new video shows a pair of B-2A Spirit stealth bombers executing a landing at a Royal Air Force base located in the UK. The landing took place in the night and perspective taken by photographer makes the wings appear as if they were hovering in midair just like a UFO.
The two huge bombers can be seen flying towards the videographer and momentarily seem to hover in the sky. Now, in reality, the planes are traveling at speeds of more than a hundred miles an hour while on their final approach to the airbase. The video was originally posted by The Aviationist and has been made by Ben Ramsay of the UK Aviation Movies YouTube Channel.
The two bombers are flying into RAF Fairford. RAF Fairford, for those of you who are not aware, is the regular temporary home of American bombers that are visiting the United Kingdom following a grueling trans-continental flight. The flight was tracked by plane spotters when it departed from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and when it landed in the UK hours later. The two airplanes involved are Spirit of New York (call sign: Death11) and Spirit of Georgia (call sign: Death12).
So, how exactly do you track stealth warplanes? Generally speaking, plane spotters will listen to radio transmission between the aircraft, air traffic controllers, and support assets such as an aerial refueling tanker for piecing together a particular airplane’s movements. During peacetime, while carrying out a routine transit, even a stealth bomber is not able to avoid detection.
B-2 bombers have undergone rotation to RAF Fairford every two years ever since 2015 as a part of the Air Force support for NATO. As per the US Air Force Europe, these stealth planes will be conducting ‘joint and allied training in Europe to improve bomber interoperability.’