This is why two RAF jets were seen flying over St Austell


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The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that two Typhoon jets were flying over East Cornwall this lunchtime as part of a flypast for the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier was being commissioned earlier today in Portsmouth and the Queen attended the ceremony.

Accompanied by the Princess Royal, the Queen arrived on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at Portsmouth Naval Base using a specially installed lift to bring her up to the hangar for the occasion.


(Image: David F Hotchin)

At 280 metres long and weighing 65,000 tonnes, with a lifespan of half a century and a flight deck of four acres, HMS Queen Elizabeth is Britain’s largest and most powerful warship ever built.

As part of the ceremony the two of the RAF Typhoons did a fly past having flown down from their base at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

It is believed the two jets, that always travel in pairs, then came as far west as South East as Cornwall as part of the event.


The Eurofighter Typhoon jet can travel up 1,500mph and have a wing span of nearly 11m.

Plenty of people in St Austell heard the jets and wondered what the loud noise was.

Some captured pictures and footage of the plans flying over the area.

Liza Crabtree, who filmed the video below, posted on Facebook: "..That was so low and LOUD!! Thoight we were being invaded! Looped the loop it did (which I missed on film) . The camera shows it as though far away! It wasn't! I could see the pilot had brown eyes!!"