Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30852 posts, RR: 86
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3282 times:
Honestly, I'd be inclined to say it was a special effect. I would think unstable air currents over a hot desert and worries about foreign object ingestion (especially since the F-16 is a single-engine bird) would make someone as professional as a fighter pilot decide "No, it's too dangerous".
Then again, that the picture below was allowed into the database implies it is not a fake, so maybe they do fly Falcons that low, as well.
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2311 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3050 times:
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1): The plane and the pilot both have the ability to do this sort of thing so I don't see the problem.
Everyone thinks it's cool to see those guys make those kind of low passes, and yes, the have the ability to fly low like that, but why do it? It wasn't in a combat situation where flying that low is necessary to reach the target or avoid ground fire, it wasn't a controlled air show situation - it was directly over a number of people and vehicles on the ground. It was some pilots showing off, hot dogging it, and all too often that leads to bad things.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6415 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2934 times:
Assuming it is a practice flight, that is what it looks like.
Flying much higher is exstemely dangerous since then you will get a SAM on your tail.
That's nothing new, and it can be dangerous. When deHavilland Misquito bombers bombed my office on 19th March 1945 (which at that time was "taken over" by the local Gestapo), then they had salt spray all over the windows from crossing the North Sea below the radar. One consequense was that one wave of Mosquitoes found the wrong target and bombed a school killing 115 children instead.
I have a picture, taken from a roof top, looking down on one Mosquito flying down North Farimags Street in Copenhagen well below rooftops on both sides of the street. That was taken seconds after it had delivered a bomb on 1st floor of my six story office building (which burned to ashes and was rebuilt in 1947/48).
War isn't healthy.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
Jbernie From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2849 times:
If the flyby is practiced, the crew is competent, the flight path does not risk life of spectators, the flight is about controlled flight and not just for an adrenlin boost or ego stroking (state of mind of the crew) then at that point you have some justification to do it. Of course there is also that whole issue of military jets being paid for by tax payers money so a military jet isn't your personal toy.
That TAP video link by Briez is where I get uncomfortable, it may well have been practiced a lot, but I think they needed more altitude before making the turn.
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15723 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
Quoting Moose135 (Reply 10): Everyone thinks it's cool to see those guys make those kind of low passes, and yes, the have the ability to fly low like that, but why do it?
Quoting Moose135 (Reply 10): What can happen when you fly lower than you need to, and how fast things can go to hell:
That is why the pilot must use his best judgement to not exceed his skill or the aircraft's abilities. In this case he did not, and everything was fine. It is all about judgement, something all pilots must do extremely well no matter what you are flying.
BalZ18 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2685 times:
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 15): That is why the pilot must use his best judgement to not exceed his skill or the aircraft's abilities. In this case he did not, and everything was fine. It is all about judgement, something all pilots must do extremely well no matter what you are flying.
Fighter pilots tend to show off... Haha lived with one and around them for the last 20 years hahaha.