This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user haunconnor51 (Shaun Connor). His photo depicts RAF Hercules C4 ZH872 in the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire.
Shaun says the Derwent Valley has historical significance for the Royal Air Force as it was the valley where the 617 Squadron carried out some of their training for the famous “Dambusters” raid in World War Two.
The Derwent Valley is in Low Flying Area 8. This LFA is not used as much as the main low flying areas in Wales, Lake District and Scotland. I had no idea the Hercules was going to present itself for a photograph, but every time I go walking in that valley I do go prepared with camera in the rucksack (Canon EOS 50D with 300mm f4 IS and 1.4 extender fitted). That day I got lucky!
This Hercules is based with the rest of the RAF Hercules fleet at RAF Lyneham. It appears to have a number of modifications from the standard C4, suggesting it can be used for Special Forces operations.
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