U.S. planes fly over Rīga

The weather was fully supportive of the US Air Force's presence in the Baltic states June 16 and a planned symbolic overflight of the Baltic capitals, including Rīga, took place as planned.

Two US Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighters and one KC-135 air tanker flew at a low altitude "to demonstrate the capabilities and determination of the US Armed Forces to guarantee the security and defense of NATO Allies in the Baltic region," according to a release from the Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS).

All eyes were turned heavenward for the flypast with the inevitable barrage of wobbly mobile phone footage following immediately on social media. Luckily LTV's camera operators were also on hand to provide some slightly clearer pictures, as demonstrated below.

 

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