As part of the ongoing militarisation of London in preparation for the Olympics, we are probably aware that there will be missiles stationed in various locations around the venues, and that fighter jets will be on standby to intercept unexpected aircraft.
If you are flying a plane towards the exclusion zone, then while having a fighter jet come up alongside you is probably a good hint that something is wrong, just how do they signal that you need to sod-off?
Turns out there is a procedure, and presumably in order of urgency, the fighter jet will:
- Join on left hand side of the aircraft and rock wings
- Break left to right in front of the aircraft
- Break left to right in front of the aircraft – whilst firing flares
There is also a procedure for helicopters sent up to intercept errant aircraft:
- Military helicopter will join on left hand side of the aircraft and pilot will rock his aircraft
- Military helicopter will display ‘Follow Me’ sign at the aircraft
- Military helicopter will alert the aircraft with green laser or fire a flare
The response is the same for all of them – the naughty plane must rock its wings in acknowledgement, then turn away from London.
So there you have it,if you see planes and helicopters flying in formation AND they start waggling their wings, then that’s the moment to pay attention to what is going on in the skies.