Posted: Fri 6th Jan 2017

Airbus A400 military transporter spotted over Deeside

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017

Aviation fans in the area have been in for a bit of a treat this morning as an Airbus A400M Atlas military transporter performed low-level exercises over Deeside, Wrexham and Cheshire. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Deeside.com

The RAF heavy weight, call sign Ascot 478, was spotted circling overhead at around 8.30 this morning carrying out two low level approaches into Hawarden airport. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Described as the ‘the world’s most versatile airlifter’ – the plane is going through low level trials and is one of 22 which will eventually be operated by the Royal Air Force. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The A400 paid a visit to north Wales on Thursday making its first flight through the famous The Mach Loop, the set of valleys situated between Dolgellau and Machynlleth. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Military aircraft regularly use Mach Loop for low level flight training flying as low as 250 feet from the nearest terrain. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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