This Tuesday, January 12, several inhabitants of London and Cambridge were surprised by a sonic boom, created by two Eurofighter Typhoon of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the planes went supersonic to quickly intercept a plane that had lost communications with the control center.
Later the RAF reported that the Rapid Reaction Alert was activated, and that the planes were allowed to fly at supersonic speed, intercepting a private Bombardier Global Express jet that left Nuremberg International Airport (NUE) for a destination in the Caribbean not revealed.
A spokesman for the RAF, said:
The RAF can confirm that Typhoon rapid-reaction warning aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft that had lost communications; subsequently, communications were reestablished, the plane was intercepted and safely escorted to Stansted. Typhoon aircraft were authorized to travel at supersonic speed for operational reasons. ‘
After this, it was reported that the plane had failures in its communication systems, but that it was able to continue with its flight a few hours later. Through its social networks the RAF reported about the rapid reaction alert and how a sonic boom.
A helping hand for those currently home schooling.
Sometimes to protect our skies, RAF Typhoons have to fly above the speed of sound to reach somewhere quickly.
This creates a sonic boom, but have you ever wondered what one is? This short clip here explains it all. pic.twitter.com/G8O3R9rxNn
— Royal Air Force (@RoyalAirForce) January 12, 2021