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A Russian spy plane has flown an observation mission across Britain under an international military treaty. The Antonov An-30 was photographed over Lancashire as it made the unarmed reconnaissance flight at the weekend.
The Ministry of Defence said six RAF crew were also on board the plane during the flight and it was temporarily based at Brize Norton.
Russia is allowed to make two routine reconnaissance flights over Britain each year under the 2002 Open Skies Treaty, which was designed to increase confidence and build bridges after the Cold War.
Britain conducted a similar flight over Russia on Saturday and will take part in three others this year.
originally posted by: Maxatoria
What does it gain or lose as a project? the ruskies pop over on a plane and take some photo's and anything of interest have been well hidden and the same when we decide to pop over and visit the ruskies so all it really does is give a few flight crews a chance of doing some long range mileage and perhaps a bit of shopping