The Royal Air Force flew one of its A400Ms through the Machynlleth Loop (nicknamed the easier to pronounce Mach Loop) in the spectacular countryside of west-central Wales on 5th January. This training area is within the Low Flying Area (LFA) LFA7, which covers most of Wales, and so is a favourite spot for plane watchers. A number of them were perched up high the other day when they suddenly spotted the A400M skimming over the ground and we couldn’t resist the temptation of showing you a couple of the videos they made.
According to the website dedicated to the Mach Loop, the latter consists of a set of valleys situated between Dolgellau in the north and Machynlleth in the south regularly used for low level flight training, through which the RAF flies its aircraft as low as 76 metres from the nearest terrain. Within the Mach Loop there is an area called Tactical Training Area 7T, in which, “at specified times, the aircraft may fly as low as 100 feet (30.5 metres)”. But the website adds that even if the Royal Air Force publish a timetable of when the Tactical Training Areas may be in use, “experience shows this to be of little use in determining whether low level flying will take place on a particular day or time.” And apparently the plane spotters were not expecting to see the A400M that day!