The Dutch F-35s were scrambled by a quick reaction alert after the then-unknown formation approached Polish NATO area of responsibility from Kaliningrad.
The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and its test re-entry vehicle were launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California and travelled around 6,700 kilometres.
The dramatic ceremony at Palmdale, California, which you can watch here, represented the first time the “sixth-generation” aircraft had been seen outside artists’ impressions and the first unveiling of a new US bomber in more than 30 years.
The Times of London on Tuesday reported that former RAF personnel were being paid over US$300,000, a year to help China “develop its tactics and technological expertise”.
The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, ZZ177, departed at 5:42pm on Tuesday as flight KRF01R and landed at RAF Northolt at 6:54pm