Stunning photograph of an airman looking out of the Chinook as it flies low over the Cotswolds village

A Chinook helicopter nosedived so low over a Cotswold village that an amateur photographer managed to capture the pilot and crew member. This incredible shot shows the RAF man looking out the door of the helicopter.

You might not be able to see the whites of their eyes, but two of the crew members are pretty clear in the photo. This is the latest in a series of sightings of Chinooks in the West Country.

This one was photographed flying over houses in the village of Poulton near Cirencester. It was captured by James Headspeath who says that despite being used to seeing low-flying aircraft, the villagers were surprised at how close the Chinook was to their homes.

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He says he photographed the RAF Chinook helicopter trying to land in fields of farmland behind where he lives in Poulton.

“Being so close to Fairford and Brize Norton we are used to seeing big planes but it was so low I thought it was about to crash into the houses on the cul de bag,” he wrote. “He tried to land and then flew away.”

Poulton is an area of ​​outstanding natural beauty. Recently a Chinook was spotted landing in the Wye Valley AONB and others have reported seeing them near Tewkesbury.

They are spotted because of their distinctive sound and are affectionately known as Wokkas. The increase in sightings has led to unconfirmed speculation that training exercises have been stepped up in light of the war in Ukraine.

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