Top secret U.S. spy plane spotted taking off from England to warn Russia
A U.S. spy plane was spotted taking off from England last week as it embarked on another reconnaissance mission in Europe amid growing tension between Russia and Ukraine.
Photographs of the Lockheed U-2, nicknamed the Dragon Lady after its CIA codename, were captured at RAF Fairford on April 16, Daily Mail reported.
The high-altitude, reconnaissance aircraft has often been seen above the Gloucestershire base in recent weeks, but both the Ministry of Defence and the U.S. Air Force have refused to reveal the reason for the movement.
A statement added: 'The deployment of ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) assets to the European theater demonstrates U.S. commitment to our allies and partners in the region.'
The purpose of the recent movement is unclear, but the U-2's presence in Europe could present a warning to Moscow, the newspaper reported.