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F22 Raptors Over Finchley?

Not sure what they were but we had four military jets fly over Finchley this evening when I was waiting for the bus home (about 8pm). Having just seen a video clip on the BBC from the Franborough airshow  the planes did look like the new F22 Raptors. But then again I have absolutely zero knowledge of military jets (or any type of plane) so it could have been pretty much anything (not Stealth Fighters though as they're distinctive enough that even I recognise them!).

Anyway, it was an odd sight to see them flyover and then have the noise of their passing hit and linger :p


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Jul. 17th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
I was stood in our living room doing some ironing when they went over our back garden, and there was no way that I wasn't going to hear that racket even though I was only a foot from the stereo speaker.

They seemed to be in incredibly tight formation: all it needed was some coloured smoke for it to have looked like the Red Arrows. Very odd thing to see over a residential area on a Thursday night...
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Could have been.

My best similar moment was a couple of years back when my Dad and I were walking by the Dorset coast and we were overflown by one of the UK's few Apache gunships...
Jul. 17th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Were they escorting Vipers on their way to smoke some toasters?
Jul. 17th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
A month or two back I was on my way to see my horse (he lives up by West Finchley ) and three fighters of some sort flew over slightly more East (so musta been pretty much right over the more central part of Finchley). when I looked at the news later there'd been some sort of display down by the Thames earlier in the day. Seems finchley must be on the homeward bound route for them from displays in London. Was something on today?
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Jul. 18th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
I was at Biggin Hill t'other year and OMFG was that Eurofighter LOUD... My ex lives over that way and intends taking the small 'uns to the air show. Oddly, my 13yr old lad is trying desperately to wheedle his way out of it..

Jul. 19th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Out here, military jets are the only ones that fly overhead, usually very low and loud enough to shake things off shelves. The university campus is a major local landmark, so the RAF use it as a waypoint for their pilots. I haven't heard a civil aeroplane go overhead since I left London.
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