A low flying chinook helicopter has been captured gliding over the Sidmouth promenade on film.

Mesmerised onlookers were in awe of the enormous military aircraft as it admirably flew passed yesterday (November 26), skimming the heads of the public.

Emma Lemaitre from Ottery St Mary, was on a day trip to Sidmouth when she took captured the chopper on camera.

She said: ”I was walking along the promenade and I could hear a helicopter but couldn’t see it!

The chinook in Sidmouth

” I then quickly noticed it flying very low and close to the cliffs, other spectators also commented on how low it seemed as if practising or training.

”It became quickly clear it was a chinook hence the volume and the seagulls quickly dispersing.”

”[it was a] beautiful day, wouldn’t have thought we were near on December at all.”

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The incredibly low helicopter

The role of a Chinook

According to the Royal Air Force (RAF) the chinook is a highly versatile and capable support helicopter that can be operated from land bases or ships into a diverse range of environments from the Arctic, desert or jungle.

The aircraft may be armed and is fitted with a suite of self-defence equipment allowing it to operate across the battle space.

Chinooks are primarily used for trooping, resupply and battlefield casualty evacuation.





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