When the team in the Met Police’s Air Support Unit aren’t fighting crime from above, they like to capture views of the city for law-abiding folk to enjoy. Let’s look back at London’s 2013, as captured by the city’s chopper-based coppers, shall we?
Jan 1: Fireworks over the London Eye to celebrate the New Year
Jan 2: Passing by the Natural History Museum
Feb 17: Westminster at night
Feb 21: The London Air Ambulance in its new livery
March 13: A snow shower bears down on the city
April 22: Runners in the London Marathon pass by the Tower of London
May 4: May the fourth be with you – the camera catches Stormtroopers sightseeing on the London Eye
May 4: Later that day, this inverted sunset takes on a more ‘Independence Day’ feel
May 27: The cops turn their camera to the moon, possibly as part of a crackdown on lunar crime
June 2: The police keep an eye on the renegade Canalival, Regents Canal
And are especially admiring of this unofficial ‘police pedalo’:
June 8: The Red Arrows fly over London for Trooping the Colour
July 3: Wimbledon’s tennis tournament is underway
And there’s a queue of dedicated fans:
July 6: The Rolling Stones rock Hyde Park
July 17: Alongside the Heron Tower – can you spot the Sushisamba bar terrace?
July 26: London basks in a summer heatwave
August 4: Riding above the clouds
August 9: Straighten up and fly right – London City Airport’s single runway is surrounded by water
August 25: The Ashes take place at Oval Cricket Ground
August 26: Revellers pack the streets at Notting Hill Carnival
Sep 6: Looking down on England v Moldova at Wembley Stadium (we won 4-0!)
Sep 7: Sun breaks through heavy rainclouds at daybreak
Sep 29: Buzzing the Shard
Nov 2: Infrared view of the fireworks over Blackheath Common
Nov 12: The view over Epping Forest in autumn
December 2: The low winter sun over the city
December 8: Looking down over Seven Dials, Covent Garden
December 10: The skyline through the haze
December 11: Fog envelops the city
December 12: A hazy sunset over London
All credit to the team:
Celebratory barrel roll!
OK, too much:
Aaaand we’re done.
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