RAF Typhoon: Pictures show fighter jets being put through their paces over the skies of Peak District

This is the breathtaking moment three real-life Top Guns are pictured putting their RAF Typhoon fighter jets through their paces.

The trio were captured roaring over the Peak District just a few hundred feet apart.

Grandfather Richard Bowring, 60, snapped the three planes as they zoomed over his head near Hathersage.

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The retired telecommunications engineer and amateur photographer was taking pictures last Thursday (May 19) when he spotted the jets in the distance.

The RAF Typhoons were captured a few hundred feet apart

Richard, from Stoney Middleton in Derbyshire, said: “I’d been hoping to picture an Airbus Atlas A400 which I’d seen on a flight tracking app. When it hadn’t appeared after 20 minutes I was thinking about going home when I suddenly saw three dots in the distance.

“I could hear the roar of their engines as they got closer and I just started taking pictures.

They were flying quite low to the ground and were just a few hundred feet apart when they banked back round through the valley.

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“It was very exciting and it’s unusual to see three so close together.

“They often practice manoeuvres over Derwent Reservoir and I’ve found a good place to take pictures of them as they come through the valley.

“As the planes flew past me almost at eye level I was able to take some very clear pictures of the pilots inside the cockpits.

“It was a bit like watching the real-life Top Guns.”

Richard had been hoping to photograph an Airbus Atlas A400, but was treated to a display by the RAF fighter jets