A Chinook helicopter swooped so low over a Cotswolds village that an amateur photographer managed to capture the pilot and the crew member. This incredible shot shows the RAF man looking out the chopper door.
You may not be able to see the whites of their eyes, but two of the crew members are pretty clear in the photograph. It is the latest in a series of sightings Chinooks in the West Country.
This one was snapped flying over houses in the village of Poulton near Cirencester. It was captured by James Headspeath who says despite being used to seeing low flying aircraft, villagers were surprised by how close the Chinook came to their homes.
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He says he photographed the RAF Chinook helicopter trying to land in farmland fields behind where he lives in Poulton.
“Being so close to Fairford and Brize Norton we are used to seeing large aircraft, but this was so low I thought it was about to crash into the houses of the cul-de-sac,” he wrote. “It tried to land then flew off.”
Poulton is an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. Recently a Chinook was spotted landing in the Wye Valley AONB and others report seeing them near Tewkesbury.
They are spotted because of their distinctive sound and are affectionately known as Wokkas. Increased sightings has led to unconfirmed speculation that training exercises have been stepped up in the light of the war in Ukraine.