Explosive noise in Leeds sky as fighter jet flies over city

An incredibly loud fighter jet gave residents a shock on Thursday afternoon as the supersonic plane ripped across Leeds’ skies.

A tremendous noise tore through the sky at about 4pm as Cookridge residents came out of their houses to inspect what sounded like an apocalyptic sound in the sky.

The culprit was a BAe Typhoon FGR4 which flew around Leeds Bradford Airport at about 4pm before haring off across Horsforth, Oakwood and Shadwell, according to FlightRadar24.

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One resident said: “Fighter jets over Leeds. Bonkers how loud they are.”

Another, @SteveLTurner suggested it involved another plane, adding: “Chasing a little plane by the look it it, I’d imagine the pilot will need to urgently find some new pants”.

According to the RAF, the jet is a ‘highly capable and extremely agile’ combat aircraft.

Its site adds: “Although Typhoon has flown precision attack missions in all its combat deployments to date, its most essential role remains the provision of quick reaction alert for UK and Falkland Islands airspace.

“Detachments have also reinforced NATO air defence in the Baltic and Black Sea regions.”

The jet is often seen flying over Leeds due to training drills at nearby RAF Coningsby.

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