So secret, its existence is not even acknowledged: Futuristic ‘Aurora’ spy plane that travels at SIX TIMES the speed of sound is blamed for mysterious booms heard at the weekend

Aurora is rumoured to be a top secret aircraft that has been in development since 1989. These claims originated in Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine in 1989. In November 2013, Lockheed Martin announced it was developing a similar SR-72 spy plane (illustrated) said to be able to accelerate up to Mach 6

The origin of the mysterious bangs heard across the UK and New York at the weekend are yet to be officially identified.

But a leading theory is that they were created by an aircraft possibly travelling at supersonic or hypersonic speeds above the Atlantic.

This has led conspiracy theorists to attribute the booms to a spy plane rumoured to be under development by the US military, under the codename Aurora.

Within minutes, Twitter users had started spreading hashtags – from the straightforward #loudbangs to the somewhat melodramatic #omgwereallgoingtodie.

At around the same time, residents in locations including Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Clarence and as far north as Niagara Falls on the east coast of the US also took to social media to report the unusual noises.

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