A few minutes ago, something happened above me that was exceptionally loud. I was wearing my Etymotic ER6i headphones with the foam eartips, which boast a 35 decibel reduction in ambient sound. In spite of them, the noise was painfully loud for several seconds.

I assume it was a supersonic patrol of figher aircraft, maintaining some defence of London, nearby, and other potential targets. Definitely unnerving.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

3 thoughts on “Ka-Boom!”

  1. It seems quite unlikely they would be using afterburners over urban areas unless there was an immediate emergency. It may have just been low-flying planes, or even redirected air traffic.

  2. Lets not forget that the Typhoon does have a supercruise ability and is in operational service with 3 Squadron and reserve service with 17 and 29 Squadrons. High speed excercises with this type are not out of the question and would not require use of afterburners.


  3. Sir,

    Your expertise in such matters is considerable. I recall, in particular, regarding diesel submarines.

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