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Among the Clouds Above | by Greater Manchester Police
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Among the Clouds Above

On Christmas Day in 2005, the helicopter of Greater Manchester Police’s Air Support Unit was at work in the region’s skies when unusual weather conditions presented a unique view of the Beetham Tower.


Still under construction at the time, the tower – now the city’s tallest building – appeared to stand alone, floating on a sea of low lying cloud. Too unusual a sight to miss, the crew captured this remarkable image.


Completed in 2006, the Beetham Tower stands 168 metres (551ft) high and dominates the Manchester Skyline. It is claimed that in the right conditions it can be seen from ten counties.


The building is home to a major hotel and private apartments.


The Greater Manchester Police Air Support Unit was formed in 1989 continued to operate until 2011 when it merged with units from Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales to form the North West Air Operations Group.


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Taken on December 25, 2005