Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Boom!

RAF Typhoon fighters were scrambled from Coningsby on Monday because an Air France flight had stopped responding to radio calls.  This became a news item due to the sonic booms which were apparently heard across swathes of Yorkshire.  Our windows remained unrattled but when Mrs G visited a client near Doncaster yesterday they mentioned that the booms had brought their neighbourhood out on the street.
Happily it all ended well, as the lack of comms was due to a technical fault. The civil 'plane landed safely in Newcastle.
I find the speed of response rather reassuring.

Link to BBC News.

As Jim has pointed out - the title of this post should be "Boom, Boom".  Only the fox knows why.


11 comments:

Jim Duncan said...

Shouldn't it be a 'Boom Boom'?

peter said...

When you live near a airbase you get used to that noise! Like I do! :-D
Good to hear that everything went well!

Greetings
Peter

Duc de Gobin said...

Coningsby you say? Wear the fox hat.

Conrad Kinch said...

Boom Boom!

Archduke Piccolo said...

Don't we live in a paranoid world, though? How much did that comms outage cost the country? I shouldn't be surprised if it were at least the think end of a million quid - foom! Just like that. I'm not saying the response was unnecessary or excessive, given the global tensions right now. But it does seem reasonable to observe that the price of fear ain't what you'd call cheap.

Tim Gow said...

Jim Duncan
You're quite correct of course!

Tim Gow said...

peter
Jet noise isn't unusual here but sonic booms are (happily) quite rare!

Tim Gow said...

Duc de Gobin
Better a fox hat than a Foxbat....

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
I knew you'd join in with the chorus.

Tim Gow said...

Archduke Piccolo
I suspect that more money was spent on worse things that day.

Archduke Piccolo said...

Tim: I shouldn't wonder!