UK from the air: the Ordnance Survey Flying Unit
16:18 14 October 2016
The OS Flying Unit was treated to a stunning view of Helvellyn, in the Lake District
Two Cessna 404s take to the skies between February and November every year to survey around 80,000 square kilometres
Taking off from East Midlands Airport
The Ordnance Survey (OS) capture around 50,000 images of urban, rural, moorland and mountain terrain using a 196-megapixel camera mounted to their two aircraft, G-TASK and G-FIFA, or even the crew’s cameraphones.
GCHQ in Cheltenham, known as 'The Doughnut'
The results are stunning…
Over the Firth of Forth, with the unfinished Queensferry Crossing at the top and the Forth Bridge, which has been voted Scotland's greatest man-made wonder The iconic domes of the Eden Project in Cornwall, snapped in spring Birmingham city centre, photographed in April, with the Bullring and the rather distinctive Selfridges visible NEC Birmingham Airport, as the crew of the Flying Unit saw it through the lens of the camera Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, where England and Australia do battle in an Ashes test - the Flying Unit didn't get to see any cricket though Over Silverstone, but the Grand Prix isn't in town - it's truck racing Many of the Orkney islands are uninhabited, making for stunning shots of their natural landscape Orkney, off the northern coast of Scotland Caen Hill Locks in Wiltshire - 29 locks in a two-mile stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal Cardiff Bay was flown over by the Flying Unit in summer Plymouth looking its best in the August sun The Flying over Newcastle, with the Tilt Bridge on the left After West Pier in Brighton was demolished in 2010, having first been constructed in 1886, it was replaced at the site by the 160-metre high observation tower, British Airways i360 How many London landmarks can you spot? The spectacular architecture of Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, is captured from the air. The palace was the birthplace of the great wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill The 1,021-metre Buachaille in the Scottish Highlands The famous seaside town of Blackpool, which was home to the OS Flying Unit for more than 50 years The Flying Unit timed their run over Cornwall perfectly to get a sense of the size of the Boardmasters Festival Something you would never appreciate from the ground - Sandwell Valley Country Park's rugby player maize maze The Flying Unit flew over BoomTown Fair shortly after a serious fire in the car park, which left burnt-out cars for them to photograph Boomtown Fair took over fields near Winchester in August The rugged terrain of the Isle of Skye The OS Flying Unit has two Cessna 404s, G-TASK and G-FIFA
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