Cockpit view of low-level RAF Tornado flight in Scotland [NEWS FLASH]

Cockpit view of low-level RAF Tornado flight in Scotland [NEWS FLASH]



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Cockpit view of low-level RAF Tornado flight in Scotland
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Incredible moment RAF Tornado flew so low above couple taking a stroll in the country that they could see the pilots’ faces

Craig Sluman was on a scenic walk near Mount Snowdon with his wife when the jet flew past, just 500 feet away
The couple, from Doncaster, South Yorks, were on holiday in North Wales when their outing was interrupted
‘The sight of one of our RAF Bombers on a low level flying mission was just awesome to watch,’ says Sluman
The Tornado GR4 was on a training exercise from the RAF Marham base in Norfolk

By John Hutchinson

Published: 08:01 EST, 26 October 2014 | Updated: 12:05 EST, 26 October 2014

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A couple’s casual hill walk near Mount Snowdon in Wales took an exciting turn when they were given a free air show by a passing RAF Tornado.

Instead of a swooping bird of prey, Craig Sluman and his wife Paula saw the ‘awesome’ power of the craft used by the British military in bombing raids.

And nature enthusiast Craig captured the scene in a brilliant series of images from just 500 feet away. In one of the pictures it appears the navigator in the plane even glances at the hikers as they zoom by.

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Craig Sluman’s incredible view of an RAF Tornado, as seen during what was supposed to be a quiet walk in the country in Wales
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Craig Sluman’s incredible view of an RAF Tornado, as seen during what was supposed to be a quiet walk in the country in Wales
The Tornado GR4 seen from Mount Snowdon is believed to have be on a training flight from RAF Marham, Norfolk
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The Tornado GR4 seen from Mount Snowdon is believed to have be on a training flight from RAF Marham, Norfolk

Mr Sluman, 47, and Paula were enjoying a peaceful and scenic walk on a mountain called Cadair Idris in North Wales, just south of Mount Snowdon, when they saw as a speck the aircraft approaching.

It shot over them, about 300 feet above the ground on a low-flying training mission.
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As it did so the sheer power and air pressure created a vapour cloud as high and low pressure air mixed, a phenomena called ‘fluffing.’

Mr Sluman, from Doncaster, Yorks, who was on holiday in North Wales, said: ‘It was amazing to watch. We saw the aircraft approaching from some distance away and I had my camera and lens with me as we like taking pictures of landscapes.

‘There was a lot of noise as it came past of course but my shutter speed froze the action.

‘I’d say the aircraft was flying about 300 feet above the ground at 500mph and about 500 feet away from us. The sight of one of our RAF Bombers on a low level flying mission was just awesome to watch.

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