RAF Typhoons in the Baltic have experienced their busiest day on record, conducting 4 intercepts of approaching Russian military aircraft in just 24 hours.
Multi-national training exercises always attract overflights but this summer has so far been exceptional.
But what's it like for the pilots sent to see off four MiG-31BM Foxhound fighters, two Tu-22M3 Backfire C bombers, two An-26 Curl surveillance aircraft and an A-50 Mainstay airborne early warning aircraft?
First up from among the crews based at the Amari Airbase in Estonia was Typhoon pilot Flt Lt Oli Fleming.. “With a no notice scramble I made a Mach 1.5 transit to identify aircraft that had not filed a flight plan and were not ‘squawking’ (communicating).
We got alongside to see a pair of MiG 31s. It’s the first time I’ve seen this type of MiG. They were in international airspace flying into Kaliningrad.”
Major Ryan Franzen, on exchange from the US Marine Corps was next to scramble: “The Typhoon gets high, gets fast and gets there quick. We made a visual ID of Tu-22s. There was no real reaction. A little wave of the wings. It’s a safe procedure. They know what we’re doing.”