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  • yossarian
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    It’s likely that the communal gastric band has snapped.

    Expect a chip shortage.

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17697328

    Premier Icon Coyote
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    Not one of Binners anal announcements?

    CountZero
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    It was mentioned at the end of the BBC local news. I’m fifteen miles away, so can’t say I noticed. Lyneham’s closed, so can’t be from there.
    Maybe someone’s finally got tired of the crappy town centre and gone for some instant urban renewal, structure-hitting all the big buildings simultaneously. 😈

    Jamie
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    #bigbang already trending on twitter.

    CountZero
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    Just looking on Twitter, and it appears that it was heard from Malmesbury up as far as Coventry and Leamington Spa, shook doors and windows in Coventry. May have heard something in Chippenham, but indoors and had the telly on, so could easily have mistaken it for an empty trailer behind an artic banging on a pothole at the top of the road, often happens.

    allthepies
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    Sonic boom from a Typhoon fighter apparently.

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    I heard it here, thought it was either something fallen down in the house or more soldier games on Salisbury Plain. Or thunder. 😕

    JEngledow
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    I heard it here in Witney nr Oxford but though our neighbour had just slammed a door!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    A sonic boom would explain why it would be heard in a long stripe across the country.

    However they tend to sound like several bangs close together, don’t they?

    CountZero
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    MOD has apparently confirmed it was a Typhoon going supersonic, naughty boy. 😀

    Does a sonic boom occur once when you pass through the sound barrier? So the plane was speeding up and slowing down through the sound barrier constantly?

    CountZero
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    Page last updated at 19:38 GMT+01:00, Thursday, 12 April 2012
    Loud bang was Typhoon sonic boom
    A loud bang which sparked a deluge of calls to emergency services across a large part of England was a sonic boom from a Typhoon aircraft, the MoD said.

    Mystified residents across the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire reported hearing a loud boom at about 18:10 BST.

    The MoD revealed it was from a Typhoon responding to an emergency call.

    A Coventry resident said: “I thought somebody had thrown a brick through the window.”

    The Ministry of Defence initially said it was investigating what was behind a loud noise in Oxfordshire but a spokesman later confirmed it was from one of two RAF Typhoons that had been launched following an emergency call from a helicopter.

    The helicopter had transmitted on the wrong frequency, he said.

    Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service had also said it was looking into what caused the noise, after a flood of calls.

    Some of those who heard it said the sound lasted a few seconds.

    The British Geological Survey had also said it was investigating the incident.

    There were reports of the noise being heard in Bath, Swindon, Coventry, Rugby and Oxford.

    BBC © 2012

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Has the badger been doing his tubeless thing down our way?

    Yup, Typhoon, but not a naughty boy.

    s
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    & there was me thinking it was binner venting 😉

    CountZero
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    dirtbiker100 – Member
    Does a sonic boom occur once when you pass through the sound barrier? So the plane was speeding up and slowing down through the sound barrier constantly?

    No. It’s air compressed by the plane exceeding Mach 1, the noise follows the aircraft along its flight path so long as it’s transonic, just think of it as a cone of noise expanding behind and travelling with the plane, so it will be heard as a series of bangs by successive people as it passes over, and the noise ‘cone’ expands outwards.

    CountZero
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    I’m sure the helicopter pilot who made the original transmission will be spoken to, and I’ll bet anything you like the Typhoon pilot relished every second he was flying transonic right across mainland Britain. Not often that happens with official sanction.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Was one up here a few months back, it was pretty impressive shuck the whole building at work and set car alarms off and we were good distance from the source.

    Jamie
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    shuck

    *chortles*

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    So not the republican development agency then!

    Oggles
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    Are the woods behind Nationwide safe?

    To quote one of my ex RAF colleagues, “that chopper pilot will be having a strong listening too on the spikey chair”

    Just when start to think I might be spending too much time reading this forum, I spot this thread and it explains what the hell that loud bang was earlier. My faith is restored.

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    The woods behind Nationwide are certainly safe, there are a few doggers unaccounted for though.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    There goes my hope that the stupid roundabout had finally gone…..

    fracking init

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Typhoon, yeah right. It was UFOs, this is obviously an official cover up.

    incidentally, i dont have a problem with fracking, its only a problem in countries where fresh water is scarce 😉

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