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Nestled between the towns of Dolgellau and Machynlleth, in central Wales, is a series of grass covered valleys that is renowned the world over among photographers and aviation enthusiast for being one of the best places in the world to watch fighter jets in action. This area is referred to as Low Flying Area 7, but is better known as the Mach Loop.

The Mach Loop, which gets its name from the nearby town of Machynlleth, is essentially a roundabout for low level air traffic that snakes around the mountain peaks. Aircrafts such as Tornados, Typhoons, Hawks and F-15E Strike Eagles race through the narrow valley, hugging the ground as it twists and turns around the mountains. The machines fly dangerously close to the terrain, sometimes as low as 100 feet off the ground, at speeds over 500 miles per hour. Viewers can get so close to the scene of action that during flybys one can clearly see the pilots inside the cockpits.

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A Tornado GR4 at Mach Loop. Photo credit: Jez/Flickr

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