MILITARY HELICOPTERS ARE TOO LOUD AND TOO EARLY – SAY PENARTH RESIDENTS

Two military helicopters flying over Penarth Head at 14:00 on Tuesday this week (Feb 24th).

Two military helicopters flying over Penarth Head at 14:00 on Wednesday this week (Feb 24th).

Penarth residents are complaining about large military helicopters overflying Penarth at low level in the early morning and late at night.

Penarthians are used to the distinctive sound of this big twin-rotor Chinook - here visiting the town on January 27th

Penarthians are accustomed to the distinctive sound of  types like this big twin-rotor Chinook – here skirting the Penarth shoreline on January 27th

Three large machines – including a twin-rotor Chinook –  overflew the sea front at low level this morning just before dawn – following a similar route to flights earlier this week on Tuesday and at around midnight last night .

This morning's low-level flypast over Penarth sea-front provoked a response on Twitter

This morning’s 06:00 low-level flypast over Penarth sea-front provoked a response on Twitter

This big machine overflew the Esplanade on February 11th - although not quite as low as the camera makes it look

This big machine overflew the Esplanade on February 11th – although not quite as low as the camera makes it look

This morning’s overflight sparked a response on Twitter .

However not everyone is against the flights.

Local aviation enthusiasts said they  enjoy seeing the big military machines close-to and say its essential that pilots and crews carry out training for the tasks they have to undertake on behalf of the country –  including large-scale NATO exercises.

A major NATO operation  called Exercise Chameleon is s currently under way at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire this week.

The purpose of the  exercise is to train Special Air Service teams in HALO – the so-called “high altitude low opening” techniques for jumping from aircraft  – which involve deferring pulling the rip-cord until the last possible moment . The exercise is also using helicopters to train SAS members in abseiling from helicopters

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13 Responses to MILITARY HELICOPTERS ARE TOO LOUD AND TOO EARLY – SAY PENARTH RESIDENTS

  1. AK says:

    It woke me up and made stuff rattle, although I didn’t know what it was nor did I look at the clock. I don’t have a clock visible in the bedroom – if it’s dark, it’s nighttime and I go back to sleep !

    Glad to hear that NATO will still be with us, even if we can no longer rely on being part of a EU defence force for much longer.

    Keep on flying guys, day or night.

    Just not too often……………………..

  2. Tony says:

    enjoy watching the military helicopters but always think of the emergency a few years ago when a police helicopter crash landed on a house in Manor Way-hope the military ones are well-serviced and fly AROUND the Headland not over it!

  3. Andy Fenton says:

    A sight to hear and behold. Hover over my house anytime.

  4. Barrie Howell says:

    Well said Andy Fenton. People do want to know that they’re protected by our armed services but seem reluctant to hear the short and temporary noise of a military helicopter. Our armed services work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even when others are safe in their beds.

  5. SPT says:

    Isaasleep but felt the rumble in the sky in fact I felt my house trembl very slightly! I was woken by the noise and sounds, I was a little alarmed as it was early morning and I was in deep slumber but thought it was an aeroplane from Cardiffairport as imlive in Sully sometimes they do fly planes early am not often but it does happen so thought this must be the case!! I’m not angry but just happy to know were being looked after !! Bring it on I say just would like to know in advanced when they are flying of possible??

  6. Night Moves says:

    They used to often do this, I seem to recall it happening quite often 10 years ago and then it died down a bit and I often missed it. Just like I miss the two shots in the sky that used to be given off before the lifeboat to roll out.

  7. Fishhenge says:

    Keep on flying, any time of day or night.

  8. Chris Franks says:

    I’m surprised given the run down state of the defences that we still have any helicopters available.

  9. AK says:

    Good to see the positive support unlike those twits on Twitter.

    **** did you see what I did there?

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