RAF Lakenheath jets perform twists and turns in Welsh valleys
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Jets from RAF Lakenheath thrilled onlookers in Wales when they performed low-flying manoeuvres through the Mach Loop.
The US Air Force’s F-15E Strike Eagles performed twists and turns to the stunning backdrop of a series of valleys between Dolgellau and Machynlleth.
The area is used mainly by the British and US militaries as a low-level training area.
Pilot Major Thomas Morrill, from the 492nd Fighter Squadron based at the Suffolk airbase, said: “The reason we fly low in the F-15E is to practice a combat skill that allows us to get in to a target area using ground features like hills, mountains, and the curve of the earth to shield us from enemy radar, visual observers, and missiles.
“It is a perishable skill, so we have to practice to stay good at it.”
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Aviation enthusiasts and photographers gather to marvel at and capture the skill of the pilots, who can fly their aircraft as low as 500ft.
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