MACH LOOP JUNKIES
So I am doing a blog post about the Mach Loop as we are in the heart of it here at the Dolbrodmaeth Riverside.
Read on if you are interested in the Mach loop & email or comment if you like my blog or even if you don,t like it.
The Mach Loop is a designated military Low Flying Area (LFA) in the north west of Wales, UK and is famed for its all year round opportunities to photograph military aircraft at very low levels.
We get quite a few people staying with us who are interested in the Mach loop & come a few times a year just for the chance to see the planes & take quite a few pics off the mountains just down the road from us.
The Mach loop gets its name from the town of Machynlleth, bordering the southern edge of the LFA. The Loop is used as a training area and aircraft get as low as 250 feet (76 metres) at speeds of up to 450knots (518MPH). This means that aircraft can actually fly beneath you through the valleys.
Note – The low flying times published by the RAF DO NOT relate to The Mach Loop.
Is it raining? No – They may come. Is it foggy? Yes – They won’t come. Is it sunny? Yes – They may or may not come. Is it winter? Yes – They may come. Also, there is less dust, heat haze and other atmospheric distortion. This makes for better photos but colder limbs. The rule is there are no rules, ‘They come when they come. But when they come, it is worth the hours of waiting’.
Before you go, ALWAYS check the weather forecast and ALWAYS take warm clothing, no matter what the season it. The Loop has its own weather micro climate and can be raining and cold, even when its dry and warm 2 miles down the road.