RAF Typhoon fighter rushed over Scotland after ‘rapid’ reaction alert

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A pair of RAF Typhoon fighter jets were seen flying over Scotland after issuing a ‘rapid’ reaction alert.

Taking off from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, the plane used a squawk code of 1307, which signals NATO Air Policing.

The fighter jets were spotted in northern Scotland heading for the Outer Hebrides on Tuesday April 12.

Aircraft and satellite tracker SkyScanWorld suggested it may have been part of a training operation, according to Edinburgh Live.

They added that it may have been linked to a German Air Force Eurofighter which took off from Laage Air Base and was spotted near Poland.

It comes after a huge military plane was seen cruising across the UK last Thursday.

The huge RAF C-17A Globemaster III took off from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire before flying in a series of circles around Temple on Bodmin Moor.

It is capable of carrying 100,000 lb (45,360 kg) of weight while flying at over 35,000 feet.

The RAF Typhoons, based at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby, are described by the Royal Air Force as “highly capable and extremely agile” multi-role combat aircraft.

Their maximum speed is Mach 1.8 and they can reach a maximum of 55,000 feet.

They are armed with 27mm Mauser cannons, air-to-air missiles, Enhanced Paveway II and Paveway IV precision-guided bombs, and Storm Shadow and Brimstone air-to-surface missiles.

Typhoons are used to control the skies and in “high intensity” conflicts, according to the RAF.

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