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Thunder? It's the sound of freedom as RAF jet flies over

An RAF Typhoon jet

DID you hear a persistent low rumbling this morning and think the predicted thunderstorms had arrived early? In fact in may well have been an RAF Typhoon II jet 14,000 feet over Luce Bay. The RAF have confirmed that the aircraft – callsign Rogue 012 – was from their 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Several readers contacted the Free Press wondering if the jet was working over the West Freugh bombing range as the base's Blackburn Buccaneer aircraft used to do many years ago. A spokesman for the RAF, based at RAF Lossiemouth – which is also home to Typhoons – said: '41 Squadron tends to be composed of more experienced pilots from within the Typhoon force and they will check out any software changes or updated hardware on the aircraft.' The Typhoon – officially the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 – is a single-seat, twin-engine, multi-role aircraft which can undertake air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. It replaces the Tornado multi-role aircraft and is used to secure UK and Falkland,Islands airspace and has been deployed to patrol the skies over the Baltic with NATO.

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