A trio of US fighter plans have landed at a base in Gloucestershire ahead of a 'secret mission'.

The Northrop-Grumman B2 Spirits landed at RAF Fairford under cover of darkness, Gloucestershire Live reports .

The Gloucestershire airbase, which is run by the United States Air Force, is one of a select few places where the top secret planes can land due to its long runway and specially built climate-controlled B2 hangers.

The current visitors arrived in the dead of night using the call-sign DEATH.

A pair arrived shortly before 1am, with the third landing a short time afterwards much to the delight of a small crowd who gathered at the Kempsford end of the runway.

Earlier yesterday a U2 spy plane landed at Fairford, providing a rare glimpse at a landing involving a chaser car.

It is not known how long the planes will be stationed at the base, the USAF is currently involved in a NATO training exercise over Europe and it is believed the B2s could be involved in this.

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