Her­cules land­ing a spec­tac­u­lar sight in Saun­ton

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

DOGWALKERS and surfers did a dou­ble take after a Her­cules plane landed – on a West beach.

Rachel Hoult, 25, was en­joy­ing a surf when she spot­ted sev­eral RAF of­fi­cers on the shore.

She asked them what was hap­pen­ing and was told a Lock­heed C-130 Her­cules was due to land shortly after 3pm on Wed­nes­day.

She then got into po­si­tion and read­ied her cam­era, and cap­tured these shots of the plane land­ing and tak­ing off at Saun­ton Sands, Devon.

Rachel, a personal trainer from Braun­ton, Devon, said: “It was my day off so I went for a surf, it was small and fun – a good day for so­cial­is­ing in the sea. I saw a few fire en­gines on the beach and some RAF guys so I went to go ask what was go­ing on.

“They said the plane was about to land, so I went to the area and filmed it.”

Rachel said she saw the plane land be­fore tak­ing off again and fly­ing in a loop and land­ing again.

She said the plane would only rest for a minute be­fore tak­ing off again.

She con­tin­ued: “It was pretty spec­tac­u­lar, it was re­ally loud. It’s not the sort of thing you would see ev­ery day.

There was only about six of us that were there, I’m re­ally glad I was there to see if – I feel very for­tu­nate that I was there that day.”

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