‘Don’t be afraid!’ say fighter jets flying over London and Essex.
As American F15 fighter jets passed over the capital this afternoon, it caused terror in London and Essex.
The planes could be heard for miles, which was alarming. One Londoner quipped on Twitter that he “thought we were being assaulted.”
The fighter jets were part of a planned event, according to Tower Hamlets Police.
“If you hear a tremendous rumbling in the sky shortly….. It’s a USAF F15 fighter transiting over London,” they wrote on Twitter.
“Four fighter aircraft will fly over Spurs Stadium today about 2.30pm to mark the opening of the NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets,” The Normal Trade said.
“Residents should not be frightened; it will be included in the pre-match festivities.”
The US flyover will take place during Sunday’s NFL match between the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets at Tottenham Stadium.
On the last note of the US national anthem, four US Air Force F-15 Eagle Strike Fighter Jets took off from RAF Lakenheath and flew over the stadium.
This type of flyover is done to “demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities while also encouraging patriotism and future generations of aviation enthusiasts.”
The 492nd Fighter Squadron, part of the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, will do the flyovers.
Residents complained about the jets being “bloody noisy” on social media.
“Thought we were being attacked lol,” one remarked.
“They were so low and bloody noisy!” said another.
They flew in front of me on the way there, but behind me on the way back – on their return, I acquired ears but not eyes!”
Other Twitter users expressed their displeasure with the US flyover.
“Don’t worry, it’s simply the government wasting your stolen money,” one person added.
Others, on the other hand, described it as “a fantastic sight and sound.”
“Neighbors doing DIY can’t hear f*** everything,” one user joked.