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These dramatic air-to-air images show British and French jets practising their dog-fighting skills in the skies above northern England.
State-of-the-art RAF Typhoons and French Air Force (FAF) Mirages took to the air together as part of Exercise Capable Eagle The Typhoons tailed a British Voyager aircraft off Caithness, northern Scotland, at around 30,000ft this morning, air traffic monitors showed.
The Voyager – a specialist air-to-air refuelling aircraft – headed southwards with the jets in tow after taking off from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
After looping around John O' Groats, the fleet made its way south towards the Netherlands at around 10am.