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The US Air Force B-52 bomber sent a distress signal over Gloucestershire


The US Air Force B-52 bomber sends a distress signal as it flies over Gloucestershire

  • A British B-52 bomber broadcast a "Squawk Code 770" over Tewkesbury, UK
  • Two of the giant planes flew over central Gloucester earlier today
  • It is not clear what the incident was, but planes regularly send out distress signals

A US Air Force B-52 bomber sent a distress signal following an air emergency over Gloucestershire.

According to FlightRadar 24, the aircraft sent a "Squawk Code 770" indicating a general emergency near Tewkesbury, UK.

It's not clear what the incident was, but planes regularly send distress signals for even minor problems.

According to FlightRadar 24, the aircraft sent a "Squawk Code 770" indicating a general emergency near Tewkesbury, Great Britain. Pictured one of the planes over Gloucestershire

Two of the giant planes flew over central Gloucester to Hartpury, Ashleworth and Tewkesbury before returning via Up Hatherley, Shurdington, Brockworth Hucclecote and Barnwood.

They were Boeing B-52 Stratofortress with the identities BALOO51 and BALOO52 and flew at an altitude of over 9,000 feet.

It's not clear what the incident was, but planes regularly send distress signals for even minor problems

It's not clear what the incident was, but planes regularly send distress signals for even minor problems

The aircraft capable of nuclear weapons can each deliver 30 tons of bombs, missiles and mines. You are also protected by a remote controlled cannon.

There are six aircraft based at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds.

More will follow.

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