6 to 8 of these planes flew through the Ogwen Valley in North Wales, UK, this morning (2nd of June). Hawks and other training jets are common sights, but I’ve not seen these before and can’t identify the model. I thought F35s from the distinctive tail, but the wings are more swept back than the images of F35s I can find.
What you've got there is a real life F-15! Love this aircraft, it's just got that quintessential military jet look about it.
There are 2 features which make it stand out
- The shape of the trailing edge of the main wings, straight and then angled
- The shape of the tailplane, with those jagged leading edges
Silouette of an F-15:
Looks like an F-15E Strike Eagle
- F-15 silhouette
- Twin seat
- Dark grey uniform paint scheme
- ‘Twin bagger’ ie 2 x 600 gal external tanks
- No missiles on the rails.
- Difficult to see if it has the FAST packs on the side of the fuselage
- Modern P&W F100 engine variant with the ‘turkey feather’ exhaust petals removed.
- Difficult to see from this angle the discerning features that separate it from an F-15D.
- Most likely a Strike Eagle bubba out of Lakenheath doing some low level practice.