RAF Typhoons were scrambled to “intercept” Theresa May’s plane in a display of British firepower.
A pair of 1,500mph Typhoon fighter jets thundered into the sky before pulling alongside the Prime Minister’s Voyager plane to tip their wings and flash their lethal missiles.
Amid mounting tensions with Moscow, Mrs May agreed to her aircraft being used for the mock mission, which helps pilots train for real sorties protecting British airspace from Russian bombers.
She watched the fearsome show of force from the cockpit of her Voyager, seeing first hand how the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert jets challenge suspected hijacked planes and Kremlin aircraft threatening British airspace.
The Eurofighter Typhoons roared away from their base at RAF Coningsby, Lincs, this lunchtime before pilots spotted the PM’s plane at 17,000ft above the North Sea.