A U-2 spy plane has been spotted flying over a swathe of England on a sortie from an airbase in Gloucestershire.
The latest generation of the US Lockheed jet was seen by a military aviation enthusiast cruising into and out of RAF Fairford yesterday.
On the same day, an identical make of high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft was photographed flying over the West Midlands.
The jet spotted near Birmingham had the registration number 80-1083 but no flight number, according to a flight-tracking website.
The single-engine aircraft, of a design nicknamed ‘Dragon Lady’ after its original CIA codename, is owned by the United States Air Force (USAF) and is the latest ‘S’ model, the listing on Plane Finder states.