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Boom over BKY

Old 16th Jun 2013, 11:37
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Boom over BKY

Reckon someone just dropped a sonic boom approx over BKY 1023Z? A possible contrail in a turn as well...

We'll see if true, else I'll assign this to the rubbish bin

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Old 16th Jun 2013, 11:57
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Boom heard in Cambs at same time.

No idea where BKY is by the way. It's the IATA code for an airport in the DRC and I don't think that's where you meant.

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No airshow today. Same question in the spotters forum confirms what you heard. Prepare for another farcical waste of taxpayers money at Stansted...

(BKY VOR is about 30 miles North of London, near Royston)

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Not heard one of those for at while!

All heads turned skywards at the sound(s) just north of Royston, too cloudy to see what it was......

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sonic boom

sonic boom over north essex nr Sudbury

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“This has been confirmed by National Air Traffic Control as a ‘sonic boom’ caused by a jet breaking the sound barrier.”
Sonic boom to blame for explosions heard | Cambridge News | Latest News Headlines From Cambridge City & Cambridgeshire | National News By Cambridge News

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No, it was in south Suffolk near Colchester.

Salad dodger, fyi (and that of others geographically challenged) we are talking about East Anglia, north France.

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No-one knows what widespread damage may have been caused - foals and calves aborting, grannies being scared, green houses smashed - just watch for the claims.......................
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From the 'Spotties'
"It's a pair of Typhoons on a QRA mission from Coningsby."
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Originally Posted by Wageslave View Post
fyi (and that of others geographically challenged) we are talking about East Anglia, north France.
That will really help the geographically challenged. I know Calais used to belong to us but since when did France incorporate East Anglia?
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Thanks for those offering help. Same question asked regularly I suppose, why not just write the name?
salad dodger - If you are geographically challenged, then so am I. I regularly feel pretty stupid when someone on here starts talking about some trip from ABCD to FGHI in a 789 when they had an XYZ occurrence overhead PQR (or somesuch) Makes me realise how long it is I've been out of the game

(by the way, what's the DRC?)

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That's the second time a QRA Typhoon has made a bang over the mainland. Can anyone suggest where it likely went to Mach 1, presuming it was flying directly south from Coningsby to catch the big jet (inbound from the US) before it turned west over London to approach LHR (no voice contact, apparently)? The worst of the bang seems to have been SW of Cambridge.

By the by, I wonder if a QRA detachment's planned for Aldergrove this week?

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TTN - by the way, what's the DRC? - often the Democratic Republic of Congo, but not as far as I know, in East Anglia.
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Yep, boom heard loud and clear near Huntingdon. House shook and windows rattled. Son immediately idented it as a boom. Speculated that it could have been Typhoons from CGY en-route to intercept...
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Busta and BOAC - thanks - now why couldn't I have worked that out for myself? I know where CGY is, my son was working there on Thursday!

(ever noticed that any country with "democratic" in its name isn't democratic?)

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Presumably the damage claims magnet was triggered by;

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/10122649/Egyptair-flight-diverted-to-Glasgow-after-note-threat-found-on-board.html

An Egyptair flight from Cairo to New York was forced to land at Glasgow Prestwick Airport after a message threatening to blow it up was found on board.


The Ministry of Defence confirmed that it launched Typhoon fighter jets to escort the plane to the Glasgow airport.
 
 
BBC News - Sonic boom heard in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

And faster than a Typhoon can annoy the natives;
 
Prestwick landing: Five passengers seek UK asylum - Scotland - Scotsman.com

Prestwick landing: Five passengers seek UK asylum

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I would suggest that their application is filed in the pending tray until they have paid for the costs of the QRA. And after that treated with the seriousness it deserves
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Is that why his knibs flight/press conference was delayed ?

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Old 16th Jun 2013, 18:27
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paid for the costs of the QRA
- never mind those - it will have livened up a dull Q Sunday standby - what about the costs of the diversion?

Of course, the asylumers will deny being involved, won't they?
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I noticed that the BA 777 flight from Shanghai to Heathrow came up on Flighttracker24 earlier today, with a General Emergency squawk code. Probably after the event with the sonic boom, but the same squawk was used by the aircraft that went back to Glasgow earlier in the week. I wonder if restrictions on "making booms" is lifted for a scramble in such situations. I would imagine the thought that he could legally do the business would make life on Q a bit more interesting for the pilots. I've seen nothing on TV re the BA bird, so assume it was some sort of precautionary, or possibly an accidental transmission.

The report of trees breaking apart seems a bit heavy for a sonic boom, windows broken yes, but trees?

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