Olympics air security gets its first test as Typhoon is scrambled from RAF Northolt, in noth-west London

Jul 25 2012 - 7 Comments
By Richard Clements

At around 12.20pm local time on Wednesday Jul. 25 the RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoons based at RAF Northolt (London) for Olympic Games security got their first scramble.

Using radio callsign 6NK31, the first Typhoon roared into the skies above northwest London whereas a second jet was kept on holding on the runway threshold ready to launch as 6NK32.

Once airborne, 6NK31 went south towards Heathrow and circled overhead at 4,000 feet before the intercept was called off. As 6NK32 returned to its shelter 6NK31 moved to RAF Marham where it entered into a holding pattern to burn fuel before landing back at Northolt.

Aircraft on QRA in north-west London are among the somehow controversial security measures put in place to protect the Olympics, that are kicking off on Jul. 27.

As of writing it is not known what caused the scramble order.

Richard Clements for TheAviationist.com

Image credit: Giovanni Maduli

  • Ziya

    That might have been a t-scramble to test reaction capability.

    • Richard Clements

      Yeah you could be right there, a lot of VIP’s from all over the world arriving tomorrow

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.burrows.58 Jackie Burrows

    scared the living daylights out of me and my dog i can tell u!!!!!

  • http://dailymail Iceman

    Was prob a fat pigeon

  • Dave

    Interesting, no AAM shown in the pic if that is the plane that was involved. Cleared for guns only if it comes to that?

    • http://theaviationist.com/ David Cenciotti

      The one depicted in the image is the Typhoon that displayed at Farnborough International Airshow.

  • Elissa

    It was a Thomas Cook aircraft that had temporarily lost radio comms with French control. I believe they regained comms before the Typhoon arrived to assist.