With some of the best weather in years I headed off to Wales for the Mach Loop. My hope that the weather would bring out the jets. My hope was met and then some!
It seems the RAF decided to make the most of the good weather and were out in force.
Five Harriers put the end to my low level Harrier jinx (at one point I went 505 days without catching one!).
A Tornado F3 made a very welcome appearance below being retired from service with the RAF but the star of the day was the Dominie T1 with some fantastic flying at low level.
Following their return from Op HERRICK duties 4(AC) Sqn were keen to practice low level sorties. Two pairs and a single made two passes of my location with the usual Harrier aggressive knife edge turns. The low approaches and the new shade of grey made then very hard to pick out from the backdrop but the Pegasus engine let you know it was coming!
Another aircraft that isn’t a common sight at low level is the Dominie T1. The Dominie is based on a twin engine business jet and is operated by 55(R) Sqn based at RAF Cranwell who train weapon systems officers and operators, air engineers and air loadmasters. The aircraft like the C-130 Hercules is surprisingly agile at low level and this particular sortie demonstrated that well.
Of course any visit to LFA 7 wouldn’t be complete without the Hawk T1. Due to the high number of fast jets in the area 208(R) Sqn didn’t make an appearance but 19(R) Sqn made a couple passes with particular note to the two pictured below who held formation at low level.