The Mach Loop

On Monday, the Vampire was seen (and heard!) flying around mid-Wales, while we took in the fantastic scenery of Snowdonia; particularly the hills and valleys around Machynlleth, known as the Mach Loop. The good weather was a welcome rarity, especially at this time of year.

The conditions needed for flying in such an area are fairly light winds (strong winds can often cause severe turbulence around mountains), good visibility, of course meaning no hill fog – which can be common in the winter months. Luckily the day’s weather forecasts and observations were good, and we were able to fly.

Some photographers who were on the hills managed to get some fantastic photos!

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© Mark Williams
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© Mike Olivant

And of course, here is some footage from the cockpit, showing some of the great scenery in the area and highlighting the great visibility from the Vampire cockpit (with some exterior footage courtesy of Roger Jepson and Laird McLeod).

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Formation Flying

Formation flying is exhilarating. It requires certain skills and it’s always a good work out. Plus you get a few nice pictures. Especially formating with the Vampire.
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In Maintenance

Following the trip to Wellesbourne Wings and Wheels event the Vampire went into the maintenance as one of the igniters became unserviceable. Once this is rectified we are hoping to get airborne again this autumn.