RAF recreates D-Day reconnaissance photos
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RAF recreates D-Day reconnaissance photos

Seventy years after the D-Day landings in Normandy, the Royal Air Force remembers June 6, 1944 by recreating some historic images from the day - though not the kind you might expect. As naval forces made landfall, a II (AC) Squadron Mustang took to the sky above, bringing back some of the first images of the landings. A total of 36 sorties flew over the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. The reconnaissance mission was recently mimicked by two Tornado GR4s carrying more sophisticated imaging equipment. The top image on this slide was created with modern photographic equipment, the resolving power of which is demonstrated by the detail in the red box. The bottom image was captured on June 6, 1944.

The video below was recorded as the Tornado jets flew on their mission. According to the Royal Air Force on YouTube, "They are taking images of the beaches with the Reconnaissance Airborne Pod for Tornado -- or RAPTOR for short, which takes aerial images and can read the time on the face of Big Ben in London from the Isle of Wight. Full motion video is captured by the Litening III Advanced Targeting Pod."