Here’s another cool clip filmed by Dafydd Philips. The video features not only U.S. Navy Boeing F/A-18 Legacy and Super Hornet strike fighters thundering through Star Wars Canyon, California but also for the very first time Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18s passing through Mach Loop Low Flying Area 7 (LFA7), Wales.
The RCAF 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Hornet too has taken part in low level training in Mach Loop.
Noteworthy the first part of this cool footage clearly shows why the Rainbow Canyon, which is tucked in the western edge of Death Valley National Park and is known as “Star Wars Canyon,” is an aviation geek mecca.
Known as the Jedi Transition to the military, the canyon – that was carved by an ancient lava flow – is located near Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake and Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), deep in the California desert. The area has been used for low altitude flight training since World War II, with the narrow rock walls too alluring for fighter pilots to pass up.
This creates the side benefit of giving observers and photographers the unique ability to look down on the jets as they scream by, afterburners lit.
The Mach Loop (also known as the Machynlleth Loop) instead consists of a series of valleys in the U.K. in west-central Wales, which are famous for their use as low-level training areas for fast jet aircraft. The system of valleys lies 8 miles east of Barmouth and is nestled between the towns of Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south, from the latter of which it takes its name.
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