Sonic Boom

I was sitting in my room, just finishing up some work on my animation when suddenly, a very large explosion-like sound shook the building. I took a pause, but didn’t think too much of it. It then happened a second time, and I thought to myself, maybe you ought to look into this. I couldn’t see anything outside, although there was the sound of emergency vehicles. That was not a good sign and I though perhaps an explosion had gone off.

My group chat with other GBDA students here in Leeds was suddenly lit up with concerns for safety, one person confused because they didn’t hear it, and most prominently, what the hell just happened. A quick glance at Twitter revealed that not only had Leeds heard the noises, but apparently most of West Yorkshire, and I’m sure further than that as well. After a few minutes, the idea of a sonic boom arose and eventually it was confirmed that two Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons were given permission to break the sound barrier as they scrambled. Not sure exactly what that means, but I get the gist.


Apparently, a plane lost communication with the airport, and the two Typhoons were sent to intercept it after it veered off course. Now, I got that from a non-official RAF account, but there’s lots of numbers for tracking and such, and it seems pretty legit. I’m sure there will be an article to read about it tomorrow morning. UPDATE: the North Yorkshire Police say that the RAF have confirmed that the sound was from two QRA Typhoons.

Never a dull moment abroad 😳 I can now say that I’ve heard a sonic boom.

Since I’m blogging, I’ll tell you a bit about my trip to Bradford. It was good, and I really enjoyed the National Media Museum. They have tours that you can take behind the scenes, but unfortunately they weren’t running those while I was there. Nevertheless, very enjoyable. They had it divided into different sections: photography, TV, animation, film/movies, and video games. They also had an exhibition with the work of Alex Soth, an American photographer. It would be a really great museum for kids; there’s lots of hands on stuff. In the TV section, they have a TV set and cameras that you can control with a voice over pretending to be a director telling you what to do. Very neat to see.

I saw (a replica) of the world’s oldest photo negative, which was neat because my photography professor has talked about it multiple times in class. (The original is obviously safeguarded and in what I’m sure is a climate controlled room somewhere in the depths of the museum).

Negative of a lattice window, taken by Henry Fox Talbot in 1835

After the museum, I got myself some lunch and gelato before heading back to the bus station. The gelato was slightly disappointing, but hey, better than none.

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