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The Boeing C-40B was recorded flying east over Tendring on Friday morning at an altitude of 31,000 feet. It took off from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, USA, and landed at Rotterdam The Hague Airport in the Netherlands.

Designed as an “office in the sky,” the C-40B is used by the United States Air Force to transport high-ranking government and military leaders around the world.

It is based on the Boeing 737-700 commercial business jet.

The C-40B can generate 27,000 pounds of thrust and cruise at 322 mph. It has a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet.

This week, NATO allies joined Finland and Sweden for an exercise in the skies over Estonia.

Boeing C-40B was recorded flying east over Tendring on Friday

USAF Boeing C-40B was recorded flying east over Tendring on Friday (Image: courtesy of the United States Air Force)


Vice commanders and members of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 932nd Airlift Wing in front of a C40-C (Image: Courtesy United States Air Force/Capt. Stan Paregien)

Dubbed Ramstein Alloy, the exercise saw air force personnel conduct combat training, mid-air refueling and escorting an aircraft suffering from communication loss.

Crews and aircraft from Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Spain and Turkey participated along with the Finnish and Swedish air forces.

Lieutenant Colonel Ru Streatfeild, who heads the NATO battle group in Estonia, said British troops were “excited” and immensely proud “to help reinforce the country’s eastern border with Russia”.

Troops led by 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh recently deployed to the Baltic State.


Typhoon display maneuvers

A Typhoon on display maneuvers (Image: Getty)

A Royal Air Force Typhoon taxis onto the runway at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

A Royal Air Force Typhoon taxis onto the runway at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (Image: Getty)

They took part in a large-scale exercise on Thursday at the Tapa military base, 70 miles from the Russian border.

In the Bold Dragon exercise, some 2,300 soldiers from the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and Estonia used tanks, armored infantry, engineers, artillery and logistics.

It saw Allied forces go toe-to-toe against Estonians in mud, snow and swampy conditions to further hone NATO’s warfare capabilities and tactics.

Asked if NATO forces were prepared in the event of a Russian invasion, Lt. Col. Streatfeild said: “One hundred percent.

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The military power of Great Britain (Image: Express)

“There is arrogance. They are on their game and they are ready.

“It’s not that people enjoy this. But the soldiers want to do a job. They want to practice their trade.

“This is what they join the Army for.”

He added that the soldiers were immensely proud to be in Estonia.

Typhoon fighter jets taking off

A Typhoon fighter plane taking off (Image: Getty)

Lieutenant Colonel Streatfeild continued: “It is an immense privilege. But it is also an immense responsibility.”

There are currently around 2,000 NATO soldiers in Estonia, including the Viking Company of the Royal Danish Army and the French 7th Alpine Hunters Battalion.

Estonian officials on Wednesday called on NATO member states to double the number of soldiers in the country to deter Russia from moving further into Europe.

Lance Corporal Rhydian Stephens, of Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, is attached to the Royal Welsh as B Company Medic.

He said: “We heard the news about the war when we were doing training exercises in Germany and obviously people got excited. It’s what we joined the army for.”

“We joined the army to help. But for now we are just watching what happens in the news and doing what we have to do here in Estonia first.”

Gunner Joe Watson, 19, from Wakefield, said: “I’m proud to be here. I think a lot of Estonians are very grateful that a lot of the British Army is here, especially the armored units.”

“And this makes you very proud to be in this job.

“I have a pretty small family, they’re handling it pretty well. My dad is obviously proud. They’re all very proud to be fair.”

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