British Air Force fighters escort a plane after a “sonic boom” was heard

British Air Force
Image shows two RAF Typhoons sitting off of the wing of a Voyager tanker after taking on fuel. A multitude of Royal Air Force aircraft flew in-support of Exercise Joint Warrior 2020 today, most notably 617 Squadron F-35B’s who flew alongside US Marine Corps (USMC) VMFA 211 Squadron F-35B aircraft. The biannual exercise takes place off the west coast of Scotland with the F-35B jets from both nations flying from the deck of the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, a first for both nations as they operate and fly together as part of carrier strike fleet utilising the 5th generation Lightning aircraft. Alongside the F-35B’s, RAF Typhoons were also flying from RAF Leuchars, P-8A Poseidons again from Leuchars, 47 Squadron C-130J Hercules out of RAF Brize Norton and providing fuel for all, the Voyager all came together as 3725 personnel, 58 aircraft, 16 ships from 14 nations conducted airborne assaults, amphibious landings, evacuations and live-fire exercises. The main aim of the exercise being used to carry out large scale inter-operability training within NATO and the partner nations. Secondly it has also been used as a work-up to the HMS Queen Elizabeth’s maiden operational deployment next year.

British Air Force (RAF) fighter jets escorted another aircraft to British Stansted airport this Saturday after it stopped communicating with air traffic controllers after an apparent sonic explosion was heard in several areas of England.

The British Police indicated today that the escorted plane – which official sources have not specified if it was military or civilian although it has been stated on social networks that it also belongs to the RAF – had to be diverted to the aforementioned aerodrome, where it landed shortly before 12:50 GMT.

“We have received numerous calls regarding the sound of a large explosion being heard from various parts of the city (Leicester) and county and would like to ensure there is no cause for concern,” Leicestershire Police said in a statement. release.

The event is known after several people expressed concern about that sound from areas of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

A BBC journalist tweeted that “all airspace over London has been closed after a plane stopped communicating with air traffic control.”

Several people told local media and on social media that they heard what “was probably a sonic boom.” The so-called sonic booms or sonic booms are caused when an aircraft, usually a military one, flies faster than the speed of sound.