(fashion) Plane spotters received an unexpected surprise when a B2B stealth bomber came into land at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire.
The nuclear-capable $2.1bn aircraft was involved in a training mission over Iceland when it returned to the RAF base shortly before nightfall.
Dozens of planespotters gathered around the airbase's perimeter fence waiting for the stealth bomber's return.
A Northrop Grumman B2 stealth bomber landed last night at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire while on a training mission
The jet, pictured, is the most expensive aircraft ever built and was designed to deliver either conventional or nuclear bombs
Steve King, who was among the crowd, said: 'It was quite a sight, as they are a unique and weird UFO-type looking planes.
'I thought I’d take a different perspective, including some of the crowd looking up at it.'
Mr King, 37, from Swindon, Wiltshire, added: 'I’d say roughly it was about 50ft above me.
'Living fairly local to the air base I am a regular visitor when these exercises take place.'
Three of the B2 bombers - which cost $135,000-an-hour to operate - have been involved a a series of NATO training missings.
The planes, which use the callsigns DEATH 1, DEATH 2 and DEATH 3 are temporarily based at RAF Fairford as part of a series of NATO training exercises. The aircraft touched down in Gloucestershire on August 27
Earlier this summer, a pair of B2s were photographed with a pair of F-35 Lightning jets over the White Cliffs of Dover
The B-2s are capable of refueling mid-air allowing them to spend more than 30 hours on a mission - allowing them to strike almost anywhere on the planet. The unusual shape reduces their radar signature
They are capable of carrying nuclear bombs as well as conventional explosives and were designed to be able to deliver a payload to the Soviet Union as they could evade their air defence system due to their ability to fly 10,000 miles and only need to refuel once
The bombers are being based temporarily at RAF Fairford, as it has a longer runway than other air force bases and climate-controlled B2 aircraft hangars
With a 172-foot wingspan and a design that allows them to travel 10,000 miles with only one mid-air re-fueling, so that they could bypass Soviet air defence systems, they are one of the most deadly warplane models in the sky.
They are a small part of a US fleet of 20 Stealth Bombers, the country's most technologically advanced aircraft ever made, which are based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
First designed under the Carter Administration, originally 132 were ordered by the United States. However, this was quickly scaled back following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Since then the Stealth bombers have been used in fighting over Kosovo, where they bombed Serbian forces as NATO countered ethnic cleansing in