Flying the RAF Typhoon Through the Mach Loop at Low Level

first published on April 23, 2018 by

Here’s a fantastic cockpit view filmed from the backseat of an RAF Typhoon flown on an ultra-low level sortie through the Mach Loop and the Lake District.

The Mach Loop is a set of valleys within the UK which are regularly used for low level flight training, with flying as low as 250 feet from the nearest terrain.

Interestingly, the Mach Loop gets its name from the nearby town of Machynlleth and supposedly has nothing to do with the term “mach” that is often used to compare a jet’s speed in relation to the speed of sound.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter that was designed originally as an air superiority fighter. Although it entered into military service in 2003, the aircraft had been in development since the early 1980’s.

It was initially designed for dogfight supremacy, but has since been further modified to excel at air to ground engagements as well.

The RAF Typhoons have flown combat sorties over Libya, bombing Gaddafi military targets and has since bombed the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.