The Mach Loop, also known as the Machynlleth Loop, is a series of valleys in the United Kingdom in west-central Wales, notable for their use as low-level training areas for fast jet and propeller-driven aircraft.
The system of valleys lies eight miles east of Barmouth between the towns of Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south, from the latter of which it takes its name. The training area is within the LFA7 Low Flying Area, which covers most of Wales.
Aircraft seen in the area include Royal Air Force Airbus A400M, Tornado, Typhoon, Hawk jets and C-130J and Short Tucano as well as U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles and F-35 Lightnings which are based at RAF Lakenheath and MC-130 and V-22 Osprey from RAF Mildenhall.
Aircraft from other European nations have been sighted training in the Mach Loop, such as Belgian F-16 Stingers.
Footage posted on YouTube by Antony Loveless. This fantastic footage was filmed from the backseat of an RAF Typhoon flown by 2013 display pilot Jamie Norris on an ultra-low level sortie through the Mach Loop and the Lake District...