RAF Typhoons scrambled over UK

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Ministry of Defence said:
Two RAF Typhoons were launched yesterday evening to intercept an aircraft that was transmitting an emergency signal and could not be identified via radio.

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#2
Big news? Hardly the BoB now, was it.
 
#4
Fair rumble where we are staying. Thought the piky a few doors up had put his window in again.
 
#5
heard one on Grapple 6 as an F16 went supersonic at low level, off to intercept a Serb MiG that had rocketed and strafed a refugee convoy. a ten mile corridor (about 5 miles either side of the flight path) reported it as a possible heavy arty IDF, but were unable to locate the crater. certainly was ******* loud - shook the building.

it may not have been BoB, but at least demonstrates that we have a rapid response to possible cockpit intrusion (pilots can set a transponder code indicating hijack) - was only a mistake on this occasion, but reassuring to see the response, especially in lead-up to the obvious this summer.
 
#7
Good timing though, just before the Olympics and good job we had Typhoons...

But could a Harrier on a Carrier have done a better job?

What was a Gazelle actually going to do if it crashed? And what the Typhoon going to do? Shoot it down over Bristol? Or just watch it cream in to something?
 
#8
Why? Was there an emergency Airshow that was suddenly put on at short notice that needed an enormous (and very expensive) white elephant to please the gawping public?
 
#9
Why? Was there an emergency Airshow that was suddenly put on at short notice that needed an enormous (and very expensive) white elephant to please the gawping public?
Nah, slow news week for RAF PR Inc...
"I say Wing Co neg stories for the MoD news feed this week."
"WHAT!! Break the seal on the emergency plan folder man, ASAP....What's it say eh?"
"Scramble a squadron of Tornados with some spurious story to explain it all."
"Ah well, I suppose that will have to do...carry on."
 
#10
Good timing though, just before the Olympics and good job we had Typhoons...

But could a Harrier on a Carrier have done a better job?

What was a Gazelle actually going to do if it crashed? And what the Typhoon going to do? Shoot it down over Bristol? Or just watch it cream in to something?
I guess they would shoot it down, Gazelle would probably go to bits, and 'we took it out' makes for a better story compared to 'we followed and watched it as the terrorists crashed it into a local town' for Raf news. Not sure with a real hijacking of a commercial one though.
 
#11
The gazelle would still 'crash in to a local town' though... just in smaller, flaming chunks.
 
#12
Thats true, and i cant imagine there is any way to try and time it over abit of grass land either, the speeds involved and not knowing what it will do after being hit. They must have some kind of training sim and flight tests for doing it for real though.
 
#13
The gazelle would still 'crash in to a local town' though... just in smaller, flaming chunks.
Not forgetting the part where the pilot bravely wrestles with the controls to avoid crashing into the nearby infants' school.
 
#15
On Ex mountain Dragon a little while ago, some RAF guy led me to believe that they are scrambled pretty frequently due to Russian incursion into out
Airspace. Not sure if this is true or if he was just talking shit
 
#16
On Ex mountain Dragon a little while ago, some RAF guy led me to believe that they are scrambled pretty frequently due to Russian incursion into out
Airspace. Not sure if this is true or if he was just talking shit
Was he little bit of a loose cannon and renowned amongst his peers for his ability but regarded by most as reckless? Was he once threatened with being reduced to "flying rubber dog-shit out of Hong Kong" after one his his trademark insubordinate stunts?
 
#17
Negative Ghostrider, the patern is full... Goooseeee! GGOOOOOOSSSEEE!


I reckon this was all a stunt by the RAF to show they are still a credible Force...

Re the crashing bit. What we need to do is get BAe or similar to come up with a new weapon...

The missile would consist of a 'harpoon' to spear the rogue aircraft, a parachute to stop it mid flight and a helium balloon to suspend it in the air.

A C-130 'trawler' would then pull the 'captured' plane out to sea, release it again and at the push of a button and the helium balloon would leak air, bringing the whole ensemble down in to the drink.

Fitted for, not with helium.
 
#18
Maybe they could encourage the Hijacker of said errant aircraft to crash somewhere it would be appreciated. Manchester finally got a new city centre thanks to the Paddy's and their gardening skills so surely it wouldn't be too much to ask them to smack it into Liverpool or Birmingham. Both sides happy with the result and the RAF can even claim that they held off shooting it down just to avoid the debris falling onto a school full of special needs/ minority religion school or a conservation area.
 
#19
The wife of one of the typhoon pilots had been at a party, feeling slightly intoxicated she went for a lie down, a helicopter pilot tried to take advantage of the situation and attempted to strum her flaps...she woke realised he was an ugly ****** and sent out a distress signal.

Much ado about nothing
 
#20
Was he little bit of a loose cannon and renowned amongst his peers for his ability but regarded by most as reckless? Was he once threatened with being reduced to "flying rubber dog-shit out of Hong Kong" after one his his trademark insubordinate stunts?
Funnily enough its not BS, they check our response time frequently. They even had bombers capable of going around 1500mph and carrying 12 nukes well into the outer Hebrides.

Yesterday defence chiefs revealed the RAF has been scrambled no fewer than 20 times in the last year to repel Russian warplanes.
RAF jets intercept Russian bombers flying in British airspace | Mail Online

And the old Bear bomber two years before that.

British jets scramble to track Russian bombers - Telegraph
 

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