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The Royal Air Force will reportedly be on high alert in the coming weeks in order to track cargo flights from the Arctic region.

The move has been prompted by an incident around a year ago in which Typhoon aircraft escorted a Lapland registered aircraft (flying from the Arctic region) over the UK’s major cities, the pilot of the craft was said to be under the influence of alcohol and very “festive”, this is especially dangerous due to the sheer volume of cargo the aircraft was carrying. This is expected to happen again.

An MoD spokesman had this to say:

“Interception is part of what the QRA force do. We have to identify and confirm who or what is flying through our airspace or approaching our airspace and since the craft appears at the same time each year, we have a fairly good idea who will be flying but we don’t take any chances.”

The Ministry of Defence used satellites with infra-red sensors to track the aircraft last time this happened, it is understood that the heat from an animals red nose was clearly visible and it was at this point RAF aircraft began escorting the bright red aircraft over every British city, town and village.

More on this as it develops.

42 COMMENTS

  1. If they plan to shadow Santa they’re going to need something far quicker than a Typhoon.

    Santa is clearly far more advanced than even the US and has both grasped and deployed an understanding of physics which allows him to cover most of the earth’s surface area in approximately 24hours and has reportedly been doing so for thousands of years!

    Perhaps Santa is the reality behind the UFO phenomenon, you know: checking his list, to find out who’s been naughty and nice: this is nothing more than covert espionage on a civilian population!

    In one-on-one combat with a Typhoon: Santa would kick ass.

    • > In one-on-one combat with a Typhoon: Santa would kick ass.

      No weaponry, although I suspect that some of the food left out for him isn’t that great. If it came to combat maybe he could throw some rock-hard stale mince pies at the Typhoon or perhaps some spare wrapping paper in the air intakes would do some damage. And then there’s always reindeer s**t 🙂

    • Why engage when you can run away faster than anything following ? I would guess that his pressure wave would be sufficient to down anything near, but I must say I have never experienced his sonic boom, and I suppose that he has overcome the problems of compressibility and friction.

  2. Perhaps Rudolf’s glowing red nose could decoy ASRAAMs away from Santa’s sled. Great for the sled, but not so good for Rudolf’s nose. Still, Santa has another 8 reindeer so he wouldn’t miss one I would guess.

  3. My wife’s home made mince pies could easily bring down a Typhoon in fact not sure they’re not banned under the Geneva Convention 😄

  4. Now I know I’m a sucker or stupid..Or both..thought it was about an Ilyusin Il 76 or Antonov 225 straying into UK airspace ….lol.
    Brilliant.

  5. Eas that a russian tuplitov over the northeast uk today? Absolutely massive propeller aircraft with a thunderous propeller sound.?

  6. Maybe the cargo was brimming with stones
    the red nose was paving the way
    and they thought it might be a meteor
    when they saw it moving in circles they thought maybe it was a Typhoon
    So the RAF are looking out for these cargo planes like a Hawk
    So when they see a Shadow in a Storm
    The Radar will show it up as a Red Arrow
    and the RAF will scramble their inter Ceptor

  7. Maybe the cargo was brimming with stones
    the red nose was paving the way
    and they thought it might be a meteor
    when they saw it moving in circles they thought maybe it was a Typhoon
    So the RAF are looking out for these cargo planes like a Hawk
    So when they see a Shadow in a Storm
    The Radar will show it up as a Red Arrow
    and the RAF will scramble their inter Ceptor

  8. Hi,
    Provided the reindeer gorged themselves before flight, if Santa does have to make a fast getaway from a fighter jet they could produce more than enough methane for a real blast ignited by Santa’s Zippo lighter. Heaven help him if he hasn’t fastened his seat belt, hopefully he’s gave out presents to all the kids down under before his flight into our airspace.

  9. When stationed in Berlin we had American Forces TV and on Christmas Eve Morning we wer advise to stand by as a UFO had been spotted aproaching earth. This was kept up eery hour of the day with information about the strange craft which had 6 rindeer power and heavy with boxes and the kids loved every second of it.
    Happy days.

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