The days the planes came: Your amazing pictures and videos as B-52 fly into Gloucestershire

Eyes have been craned upwards and ears have been tilted to the skies.

Because huge B-52 bombers have been flying from Louisiana in the United States to Gloucestershire as part of a military deployment.

They have been heading over from Barksdale Air Force Base to RAF Fairford as to carry out training and war games in the US European Command area.

Their arrival here makes them part of the United States Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location.

We have already received some amazing pictures from Mark Watkins and Nick Kay which you can see in the gallery above.

And there have also been a number of videos which we are able to share with you.

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For more than 40 years, B-52 Stratofortresses have been the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the United States.

It capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the US inventory.

During Desert Storm, B-52s delivered 40 percent of all the weapons dropped by coalition forces. It is highly effective when used for ocean surveillance, and can assist the U.S. Navy in anti-ship and mine-laying operations.

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It can fly at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet (15,166.6 meters) and can be refuelled mid-air.

Pilots wear night vision goggles, or NVG, to enhance their vision during night operations

You can find out more about today’s arrival in our live blog

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