BAE Systems have apologised for the sonic boom, caused by one of their Typhoon aircraft (example in featured photograph), which ripped across Lytham St. Anne’s and the North West coast of England this morning (Tuesday 15th February).
The jet created the huge bang as it jumped to supersonic off our coastline at around 11 a.m.
BAE Systems said the aircraft, which took off from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, was part of flight testing alongside the RAF and they apologised for any alarm caused.
A spokesman for BAE Systems said, ‘We can reassure people that the noise reported today was a supersonic boom from one of our Typhoon aircraft, which was undergoing flight testing in an offshore range area. As the UK’s sovereign combat air capability provider, we regularly conduct flight testing sorties as part of the Typhoon development programme and our broader role in safeguarding national security. We operate in airspace cleared for supersonic testing but apologise for any alarm caused to local residents.’
The flight path is shown below.