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Most Impressive Military Maneuver Witnessed  
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 49
Posted (12 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

What was the most spectacular military maneuver you witnessed in your life? Mine would have to be a tossup between Camp Grayling Bombing Range in Michigan and a Navy Agressor F16 taking off out of KTVC.

I think this wins it....

Navy Agressor Sqdn F16 out of Key West took off on the 5100ft runway, 18-36. Unrestricted climb to 510 and direct Key West! I think he did it because the USAF Thunderbirds were on the ground. They need a waiver to operate the F16 on anything less than 7000ft!

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29895 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

I wasn't there to see it but the day the brigade commander CS'd his manhood was probably the highpoint of my Army career.

User currently offlineHamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

A simulated airfield attack on a Kuwaiti airbase(from the control tower). Watched the Brits in their Tornado aircraft flying about 100-150' off the deck at about 500 knots.

Other notables include:
- An empty C-17 taxiing out to the middle of the outer runway at Tyndall, turning west and giving himself about 3500' from which to make his departure(and not nearly using all of it!)
- An AT-38 bombing practice sortie(because I was in the jet at the time)
- A B-1 doing a low approach and then quick-climb to about 8000' when departing from an airshow.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6371 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

You have to know TUS for this one.

Several years ago a B-1 was displayed at Aerospace Days at DM AFB. The aircraft was doing touch and gos the day before the show at TUS. On one of them, it came in from the southeast, landed and came to a full stop. The pilots then lit the afterburners (reheat) and were off the groundin a climbing 45 degree turn when the airplane passed the east concourse. That's about 7500 feet. Beat the F-15 at DAB that I saw climb to 10000 feet before the end of the then 7500 foot runway because the Bone is much less expected to have this performance.

I supect, sadly, that Sadaam Hussein is about to experience this again.

Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineTechspec From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

Over the past 25 years I witnessed some incredible displays of military flying but the one that still boggles my mind each time I see it is the following:

USMC C-130 "Fat Albert" performing a JATO take-off.

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

Not really a performance thing, but seeing an AC-130 light up a target is pretty awesome.

Seeing F-105's (VA ANG I think...) doing a napalm run. Whoa.....

The ballet of Cobra's doing their racetrack pattern over your head, 7.62 minigun doing the lawn mower imitation, cool streak of tracers and the chunker (40mm in the chin turret) firing off. Then the indignity of your platoon leader calling a mortar strike in on YOUR position instead of the "enemy".

Thankfully all in a training environment.  Smile

User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3082 times:


Although I have seen many impressive and spectacular maneuvers I really liked the take off by the F/A-18F at the 2002 Faranborough Airshow.

The three links below are three pictures that I took when the Hornet blasted off the runway:


Really impressive maneuvers right after take off.

Søren Augustesen

User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3036 times:


Military Maneuver that burned into the mind & changed US world view / politics until today.

User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2999 times:

Standing on the roof of our 9 story building in downtown Cleveland one Labor Day weekend & looking DOWN on a USN Blue Angels F-18 mosey on up Superior Avenue at 300 mph .

The car alarms didn't stop for five minutes. Then he did it again.

User currently offlineKjBersas From Norway, joined Jul 1999, 62 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2986 times:

I have a few favorites, but maybe not so very impressive, but they were interesting to vitness.

- The F-16 in high AOA slowflight (clean config) low level above the runway. Looks pretty marginal, not for the unexperienced pilot I guess.

- Airshow display of the Westland Lynx. The manouvers and sound of this helicopter is fantastic.

- I one saw a P-3C Orion in a high speed low pass, followed by a steep climb and approx 100° rollover. The sound when the aircraft passed above the runway was great.

Livet er godt....
User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Two instances come right to my mind.

Back in the mid 90's we had a B-1B here in YXU at the Airshow and during the takeoff for their performance they got into position at the end of the runway (right infront of where i was sitting) went to full afterburner and stood on the brakes for about 5 seconds. The 25 feet of flame behind the engines was the most impressive thing i have ever seen, and the noise (well after a point it wasn't even sound anymore it was just like pressure waves hitting my body) was undisputably the loudest thing i have ever heard at any airshow anywhere. It was amazing to say the least.

And the second was 2 years ago here at YXU when an F-14 did a full afterburner takeoff and flew about 200 ft over my head as I was standing at the end of the runway. I was only about 150ft from the end of the runway and he was already in pretty much full wing sweep.

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 49
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

Username: Soren-a
From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply: 6
Posted Fri Feb 28 2003 10:19:02 UTC+1 and read 199 times:


Although I have seen many impressive and spectacular maneuvers I really liked the take off by the F/A-18F at the 2002 Faranborough Airshow.

The three links below are three pictures that I took when the Hornet blasted off the runway:

LOL! This aircraft is in my CAG!

[Edited 2003-03-03 07:35:53]

User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
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I was in the army we where in the field and we had family members out there with us and a Apache Helicopter did a wonderful display. The thing that impressed me the most was when it went at about 100 miles an hour down the runway the went almost vertical swung the tail around and started to come back where it came from, Going to about 30 feet off the runway. The noise it made was so impressive.,

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User currently offlineLMP737 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 4692 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

An F-14A from my squadron breaking the sound barrier just off the port side on the USS Nimitz in 1992.

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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6371 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

I'll update mine now. Perhaps not truly impressive from a performance standpoint but inspiring.

Yesterday the USAF Heritage team was doing it's thing at DM. The sight of 2 P-51s, an F-15, an F-86 and an A-10 in loose formation is quite impressive. When they spilt a bit and did simultaneous aileron rolls, I was impressed. I addition, the sight of the P-51 in a high speed pass with the F-15 in a high angle of attack to stay behind it was impressive. Not to mention, but I will, the solo show put on by the F-15. I just wish there had been a Bone to really make it awesome. That is possible at the end of the month when the public airshow happens.

Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1656 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

Mine would have to be,

The USAF/USMC Downed pilot rescue demo done at the Ft Lauderdale Air and Sea Show done in 2000.

Picture this.A MC-130 deploys 2 "Ejectad Pilots" 4000ft over the water. Then 4 A-10 flying CAS, 6 FA-18s flying CAP, and 2 AH-1Js flying CAS. The A-10s are doing mock gun passes on the "Firework" barge. (Fireballs and explosions everywere.)..... Then the MH-60 Pavehawks show up!!! The downed pilots "pump smoke" and all Hell brakes loose! One of the Pavehawks starts flying high cover at about 1000ft and the door gunners open up with the M-60s (Blanks?).
The second one brakes off the target, flys ouy about a mile and heads back in, She's at 800ft doing about 160, she gets over the downed pilots pulls the nose up to 60degs drops down to 40ft in a full hover (aka a Thunder Drop), when she gets to 40ft 3 PG's fast rope in to the water. All this is done in about 40sec's and it loud as Hell.
After more flying and shooting the first one comes in doing a "Thunder Drop" deploys an Angel Line and lifts all five out of the water at the same time.

This is done every year at the Air Sea Show, but the 2000 show was the best.

My Country can beat up your Country....
User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

you should watch a C-5 take off from 5000' of runway, TRT-Standing light weight then coming through a low level 300+kt pass at 300' agl. its a blast man.

"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (11 years 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

I'm a big fan of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds. Love to see the Angels in a nice tight echelon formation, or the Angels Diamond. Also love the mid-airfield crossover, and the inverted stunt manuevers. Have to love Fat Albert. Those JATO assisted t/o's are just amazing. Alos love to see the C-130's come in demonstrating short-field ops, and stop that puppy on a dime (less than 800 feet). Always fun to see a C-9 do a high-performance climb-out as well. (Can you tell that I'm a huge Mil Aviation fan as well as civil???? hehe) At any rate, they get those JT8D's singing on that C-9, and give her hell. God I love those C-9's. As far as my fav military aircraft go, I love the C-9A/B, A-6 Intruder, P-3C Orions, and of course the F-14 Tomcat. The F-18, F-16, and F-15 of course are all superb air superiority aircraft as well.


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