|F-15 Strike Eagle flying the Mach Loop|
The Mach Loop (also known as the Machynlleth Loop) refers to a series of valleys in the United Kingdom in west-central Wales, notable for their use as low-level training areas for fast jet aircraft. The system of valleys lies 8 miles east of Barmouth and is nestled between the towns of Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south, the latter of which it takes its name from. The training area is within the Low Flying Area (LFA) LFA7, which covers most of Wales.As you may well imagine, this area of the world is a favorite for aviation photographers and videographers. Looking through Google Images and YouTube (or the Tube o' You as Buck likes to call it) there are some great photos and videos.
Aircraft which use the training area include Royal Air Force Tornado, Typhoon, and Hawk jets, as well as U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, which are based at RAF Lakenheath in eastern England. - Wikipedia
I thought today I'd give you a sample of those.
|Where is the Mach Loop?|
(Great map from AirTeamCanon, you can visit them here.)
What does the terrain look like along the Mach Loop? You can see by comparing the two maps that the Mac Loop generally follows the A487, A489 and A470 auto routes.
In the following video, watch as the aircraft move off to the southwest, past the photographers. That wee lake in the distance is Llyn Mwyngil (also known as Tal-y-llyn Lake) and is shown on the map above, left of center. (Hhmm, that Strike Eagle looks familiar...)
I didn't have the foggiest idea what this next aircraft was, nor to what country it belongs. I did eventually figure out that it's a Eurofighter Typhoon. Still no idea who it belongs to. But it's a great photo and a cool looking bird. This guy has a lot of great low-level shots.
|Typhoon traversing the Loop|
Where am I from? Spill? Bueller?
|Tornado running the Loop|
|You can almost read the pilot's kneeboards!|
|Typhoon bringing the heat.|
|The Loop, it's where the Hog goes to play!|
|Harrier, oh yeah!|
|The big birds like to "Loop" too!|
Now I'll bet you're wondering what the Mach Loop looks like from inside the cockpit.
I'm glad you asked!
The Mach Loop. I need to go check that out.
Gadewch i ni hedfan i lawr y dyffryn, yn gyflym ac yn isel! (Welsh - Let's fly down the valley, fast and low!)