TWO RAF Chinooks were seen flying low over houses in Herefordshire today (November 3).

Joseph Evans recorded the helicopters as they flew between Bradnor and Hergest Ridge, near Kington, at midday. 

Under the callsign AIRWOLF, the Chinooks were conducting a low-level navigation exercise. 

"It was an amazing sight and sound," said Mr Evans.

"I tracked them on radar just to the south of Leominster tracking westbound so I went outside ready to see if they would route this way.


"Around five minutes later, the distinctive sound of the Chinooks blade slap started to come alive and as it got closer the sound got louder and louder.

"I ran to get myself into position as I assumed they would fly through the valley. Then within seconds they flew right over the houses rapidly at low level.

"The first one was slightly higher; the second one was around 20 to 50 feet above ground level. They are detached to RAF Valley from their Base at RAF Benson to take part in Exercise Kukri Dawn.

"This is the final phase of training for next-generation Chinook pilots on 28 Squadron OCU (Operational Conversion Unit). Once they complete this last phase, if successful they will be sent to one of the frontline Chinook Squadrons at RAF Odiham."