Typhoon Jet Lands at RAF Northolt for Olympics Security Exercise
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A Royal Air Force Typhoon jet arrives at RAF Northolt, West London, ahead of an Olympics air security exercise.
Typhoon fighter jets arrived at RAF Northolt today (Wednesday 2 May) to take part in a major military exercise to test security for the forthcoming Olympic Games.
The arrival of the jets – which heralds the first time fighter planes have been stationed at RAF Northolt since World War 2 – marks the start of specialist training which will result in increased flying activity over London and the Home Counties.
Codenamed Exercise Olympic Guardian, the eight-day exercise will put airmen, soldiers and sailors through their paces in the skies over the south east. The exercise runs from 2-10 May and it is likely that people will notice an increase in highly visible air activity at peak times (particularly on 5 and 6 May).
The Air Security Plan for the Olympic Games builds on the Royal Air Force’s existing defence of UK airspace, which includes round-the-clock radar surveillance and Typhoon fighters held at high readiness every day of the year.Photographer: SAC Steve Buckley
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