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The Bigfella
06-21-2008, 03:47 AM
I wonder if these guys do OH&S assessments?


06-21-2008, 04:47 AM
Some of those are incredible!

06-21-2008, 04:57 AM
Boy that is exciting. I understand why they rather fly the plane than kiss a girl. Probably better rush than any sex could ever give...

They must be real adrenaline junkies...

I'd love to get a ride in a plane like that, but I don't know if I'd like to go quite that close to the ground or water...:eek:

Crazy pilots, in total control... Fantastic.

The Bigfella
06-21-2008, 08:58 AM
I've done a high speed pass at 200' with lots of beeping alarms - but those guys are well below that. The buzz from jumping out of a plane exceeds it though!

The Gentleman Sawyer
06-21-2008, 09:58 AM
Bigfella, check this one out:



06-22-2008, 02:50 AM
An oldie but a goodie.


06-22-2008, 03:02 AM
Turn your volume up.



The Bigfella
06-22-2008, 04:05 AM
That other video that is there is rather horrific. The Spitfire crash:


I'd not seen it before.

06-22-2008, 04:40 PM
I had, and decided not to post that link.

The note at the start of the Ray Hanna link notes that he was 77 years young and that demonstration was the second last demo flight that he did.

Hanna performed for the final time in October 2005 at the annual Duxford Autumn Airshow. He died in Switzerland of natural causes on December 1 2005. He was buried at Parham Church in Suffolk on December 15 2005.

06-22-2008, 05:20 PM
As for real-life, sustained, low-level flying over the ocean, the Argentinian Air Force has done plenty. A world record , perhaps ?

In 1982, it flew near-suicidal sorties - the round-trip distance was on the brink of the jet fighters´autonomy - over the South Atlantic to attack the British fleet stationed off the Falkland Islands.

There is a Youtube video entitled: 'extremely low level flying by jet fighters', reminiscent of those sorties.

06-22-2008, 09:38 PM


The Bigfella
06-22-2008, 10:12 PM
I'd like to see film of the low pass made by a Sunderland when they opened Wellington Airport in NZ. They misjudged and took about 18" off the keel. They had to land her on the mudflats so she wouldn't sink.

06-23-2008, 12:10 AM
You asked Bigfella you got.



Paul Girouard
06-23-2008, 12:40 AM
I wonder if these guys do OH&S assessments?


Thats my boys :D My first cruise Ranger had the Vigilinte RA-5 (the first bird that shown in this video )
It was BIG jet for that class , hell any, class carrier. Very cool looking , VERY high maintenance hours per flt. hr as well. They where old then 1979 or so . We also had F-4J on that cruise , another BIG bird , heavy as hell , but she'd move out. Burner cat shots where SOP , they used a "briddle" for hooking to the cats , lots of "stuff " to hook up for the cat guys.

The air shows at sea are pretty good , breaking the sound barriers no issue out there. Tears the jets up though they generally come back leaking like a sieve, which isn't really all that unusual for tactical jets.

The Tomcat wasn't that bad a leaker, normally , but after a sound barrier flight they'd leak some.

The Bigfella
06-23-2008, 03:45 AM
Thanks for that clip Rufus. I'd heard about the incident when I lived in NZ. One of the other two incidents that day is mentioned on the Tube comments - the British Vulcan that banged itself up on the end of the runway - it landed at Ohakea and was repaired over about 8 months only to end it and its crew's life in a cabbage patch back in the UK. The third incident was a DC3 that tried to shorten the take off queue by doing its generator run-up checks before it got to the take-off point. Trouble was the VIP car park was right behind it - they sandblasted all the VIP cars very effectively.

The Bigfella
06-23-2008, 03:58 AM
Speaking of leaking planes, the Vulcan that I mentioned in the last post apparently sprayed the crowed with jet fuel after the undercarriage leg punctured a wing tank.

Here's another clip of the opening - includes the Sunderland "fly" past - but doesn't show the damage.


I was underneath a 767 high-speed, low level fly past at the Bicentennial Airshow at Richmond RAAF base in 1988. Very, very impressive.