Three RAF fighter jets flew over London on May 5 to mark a special meeting – but who is the meeting between and what types of planes were involved in the dramatic display?
Wondering why three state-of-the-art RAF fighter jets flew over your head as you strolled through central London today?
Don’t worry, it’s nothing sinister because the high-tech kit actually flies by for a positive reason.
Flight breakdowns are far from being a common occurrence. but are often used to mark important state moments such as the Queen’s birthday.
In this case, however, the overflight time was not intended to mark an anniversary, but a meeting that was due to take place at 10 Downing Street today.
Read on to find out why the flyby took place, between whom the meeting is taking place, and what types of aircraft were involved in the dramatic display.
Why did jets just fly over London?
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Three jets have just flown over London to celebrate the arrival of the Japanese Prime Minister.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts Prime Minister Fumio Kishida today (5 May) with security issues likely to be high on the powerful couple’s to-do list.
The war in Ukraine is said to be high on the agenda, so a flyby of symbols of British military power was a fitting way to kick off the talks.
It took place at 11:10 am with the flyby consisting of two Typhoon fighters and the Voyager air-to-air tanker.
The Voyager can carry 11 tonnes of fuel, while the Typhoon is a major part of British military operations, having been in active service since 2006 and reaching a top speed of 2,495 km/h.
The talks between the two leaders are aimed at drafting a new defense deal between the two allies and how they can work together to end violence in Ukraine as well as dependence on Russian gas.
Johnson said both are “aligned to drive growth, create high-skilled jobs and ensure we remain tech superpowers.”
This is the first time Mr Kishida has visited the UK in his role as Prime Minister.
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