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Jet fighter planes over York create a buzz
IT WAS all eyes to the sky in York as two American jet fighters roared over the city during morning rush hour.
The fighter planes appeared to circle an area in the west of the city yesterday at about 9.30am, prompting readers to contact The Press and also ask questions on social networking web sites to speculate what the planes were and what they were doing.
One person posted on Twitter “just seen and heard two Tornado-type planes having a fly about over York, they made a right blooming racket”, while another writer said they “almost spilled their tea” as the jets roared over.
Robin Rawson, from Heworth, said: “They were making quite a racket. I think they were Typhoons. They seemed to be flying towards each other and one of them seemed to be going very slowly.
“I thought if something horrendous happens there was going to be a disaster over York.
“I’m not sure how high they were flying but they were below cloud level.”
The mystery was solved by a spokesman from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, who said the two planes were American F-15s, but that they were not flying below the permitted height.
He said: “They were two American F-15s from Lakenheath in Suffolk.They were about 6,000 to 10,000 feet over The vale of York and the North Sea.They aren’t using afterburners, but they are noisy.”
As well as the British military, RAF Lakenheath is also home to the American 48th Fighter, also known as Liberty Wing.