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CX-LVN (cn 294856) Now, this is a low pass!
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A visitor from - posted Sun June 1, 2014:
Excellent photo; but technically this is not a "low pass". This aircraft is coasting in ground effect a few knots above stall speed. The flaps are used to increase the "cushion"; and the up elevators show the intensity of the effect. A proper pass will require no flaps and no elevators. Still, this is a savvy and well practiced pilot. Nice job!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat July 27, 2013:
Common guys, don't you know how tail skids are flight tested in a real life?

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri December 30, 2011:
Right moment and a spectacular motive!!!

A visitor from - posted Fri December 30, 2011:
Wow that's very low ! amazing photo

A visitor from Canada posted Fri November 18, 2011:
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but never old and bold pilots =P.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 18, 2011:
A pilot in the Bulgarian AF did the same kind of thing in the 80s, but with a MiG-21 or 29. He physically had wheat bran stuck in the lower parts of the fuselage. After that everybody called him "the harvester" + he was grounded for years (better grounded and alive than brave in the cemetery).

A visitor from - posted Sat October 29, 2011:
A better close look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFbIyctcUgs

A visitor from Netherlands posted Thu August 11, 2011:
Here's a video showing the pass http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DBLu8Yl1LY

A visitor from India posted Tue July 19, 2011:
Now that's a LOW-PASS !

A visitor from - posted Fri July 15, 2011:
I think this is more than a low pass, it´s insane!
Awesome shot Andres!

A visitor from - posted Sat June 25, 2011:
This pilot sure needs a tour to the cemetery nearest to the airfield. To see the ones who thought they were brave before him.

This is just plain stupid. He can't properly control flight height, he has no time in case something goes wrong.

Pilots like this one shouldn't be allowed to fly. The sky is not for him.

But a very good photo, I have to admit.

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 5, 2011:
Amazing capture. Something you will likely never see again in person. Just remember there are old pilots and bold pilots but there are no old, bold pilots.

A visitor from Spain posted Wed April 20, 2011:
It's a very rare moment...perhaps once in a lifetime

A visitor from South Africa posted Mon March 28, 2011:
This is a great photo capture but honestly....and I do not wish to offend anybody. People that praise this sort of flying as being that of heros and very skillfull aviators should think carefully of the example they are setting for others, especially young and up coming wannabee pilots. This low pass and the previous comment of "grass on the wingtips" is dangerous...to say the least!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun March 27, 2011:
Great, and incredible!

A visitor from - posted Sun March 27, 2011:
I can assure that cesar got the skills to do this because i flew with him. I saw him coming back from flying with grass in his plane's wing tips. Awesome. And cheers andres for that fantastic photo.

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 26, 2011:
Insanity, insanity, insanity...

A visitor from - posted Fri March 25, 2011:
Look closely to the pilot and his head is leaning towards left, carefully measuring terrain. Everything seems to be under control, to say the least. Imho, no optical ilussion.... Good job!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri March 25, 2011:
Amazing

A visitor from Argentina posted Thu March 24, 2011:
Probably the lowest low pass of A.net. By the way that's not an optical illusion! Maybe if you see the airplane attitude and flaps configuration carefully, you could say that the pilot was trying to land and the landing gear were up. Excellent shot Andres! Best Regards, Mariano.

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
I think its really silly to endanger the pilot's and aircraft's integrity doing unsafe maneuvers. But yes the picture is very cool.

A visitor from Canada posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Extraordinary timing - either an imminent crash or a remarkable stunt maneuver, not sure which.

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Good pilot, but much better photographer. Great job done!

A visitor from Argentina posted Wed March 23, 2011:
It for sure beats the ultra-famous and still marvelous SU-27 flanker pic published here on A.net
Fantastic image! thanks for sharing .FZ

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Was he attempting a belly landing? It sure as hell is a scary low pass otherwise!

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
This is sick, beautiful pic and masterful performance.

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Excelent!

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Visitor from Netherlands, what are you smoking? Optical illusion, shadow 100 feet from the plane?? Whatever.. Great action shot, and great panning skill to keep the plane in sharp focus.

A visitor from France posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Imagine , you are the passenger , in this "testosterone airways" flight !!!!

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Like someone said,,the shadow could be from another plane,,,the angle from the viewer is look like the plane is so close to the ground because of that shadow,,,or the plane is just too close,,,but i kind of doubt that,,,anyway,,,very good shot

A visitor from Argentina posted Wed March 23, 2011:
To the person that posted that there is somewhat of an optical illusion, let me tell you that there are many witnesses (and pictures) of this moment and the plane really was as low as Andres is showing.

A visitor from South Africa posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Kind off photo that will make the pilot turn pale when he sees it after the show.This is a great photo capture but with respect...now hero stuff. My CFI will have one word only..."grounded". Agree there could be optical illusion here. Great capture!

A visitor from Brazil posted Wed March 23, 2011:
It's because the pilot is sitting so low and is suffering a bad spacial desorientation. He just can"t see over his nose and thinks to be muuuch higher.
Or he maid have forgoten to lover the gear ... Or is crazy anyway...

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Nice capture, low pass ehhh. congratulations on the top.

A visitor from Ireland posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Is he able to get the aircraft that low to the ground by luck or skill? That is insane! Regardless, amazing capture. Thanks for sharing

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Probably a little bit of optic illusion going on here, the shadow could be of a different plane or the angle of the sun could be not so high in the sky. The shadow looks to be a couple of 100 feet behind the airplane.

A visitor from Switzerland posted Wed March 23, 2011:
WOW ! Another "loco en el coco", great capture Andres !

A visitor from Canada posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Amazing. Only now I understand why it has a tail skid. It prevents scratching the paint on the tail.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed March 23, 2011:
This is the LOWEST of ALL low passes!!

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Just testing ground effect....

A visitor from Canada posted Wed March 23, 2011:
WOW...he ALMOST ties the record

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 23, 2011:
"Oh yeah, landing gear. I knew there was something I forgot."

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Way too dangerous, i think the pilot should answer a few questions to see wether he is still up to the job. Serious. Our flight instructors get chopped down if they fly too much, because of the risk of getting too relaxed and routine. They are only allowed to fly a max number of hours.

A visitor from Qatar posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Holy cow, he is low!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed March 23, 2011:
I'd use a conventional lawn mower myself, but I appreciate the creativity

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Beautiful shot. Excellent pilot eye.

A visitor from France posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Lower would be unreasonable ... Incredible !

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Wow...this is lower than my truck

A visitor from Sweden posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Insane! But a great shot anyway!

A visitor from Hungary posted Wed March 23, 2011:
What is so strange in this photo??? You can mow the lawn by burning it... so what??? :-D Excellent work!!! And a brave pilot.

A visitor from Singapore posted Wed March 23, 2011:
No margin for error.

A visitor from New Zealand posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Yeah that's lower than low and who is sweating ???
No klm heavy here.
Cheers Andres

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Is the pilot even aware that he is flying so low...? :)

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 23, 2011:
Yeah this guy has the skills to pay the bills thats for sure.

A visitor from - posted Wed March 23, 2011:
No more ants on this runway.

A visitor from Ukraine posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Real extreme!

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
May be the lowest pass ever! Beyond that its a crash

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 22, 2011:
I'm sure that if the main landing gear is down, he could't get so close to the ground. Fantastic.

A visitor from Portugal posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Until the day...
PS: BTW, A hell of a Photo\m/

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
WOW! That is the NEW lowest pass that I've ever seen. What are we talking here? 3 inches? Wild!

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
As they say in Cambodia, ឆ្កួត (crazy!). But a great capture of a rare moment.

A visitor from Australia posted Tue March 22, 2011:
O_O Give a whole knew meaning to being 'In the weeds' I don't think pilots are supposed to take that expression quite so literally though.

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Low pass? Not, just training with a very fast loan mower. Best picture ever.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 22, 2011:
From the thumbnail I was convinced this was a static exhibit! I didn't believe any aircraft would fly this low without gear extended!

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
>>I think it's too dangerous.

+1! Crazy...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Never saw an aircraft so close to the ground, even with main gear extended

A visitor from Argentina posted Tue March 22, 2011:
5*

A visitor from Poland posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Just... unbelievable!

A visitor from Colombia posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Great picture, and great optical effect too, as the shadow is more distant and it looks like it's exactly below

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
That is some impressive flying!

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Wow!

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Crazy man ...

A visitor from France posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Landing gear ! Landing gear !
Perhaps the pilot is in love with the warning voice ...

Before seeing this picture, I do not believe that someone would fly so low !

Right time, right place Mister Andres D. Luna

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 22, 2011:
5 *s!! Did anyone say Jet Lawn Mower??

A visitor from France posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Incredible! How is it possible? He is at 1 ou 2 feet from the ground, no?.

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
A great way to mow the lawn...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Are you sure it wasnt an emergency landing?!!

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Wow!

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
More good luck than great piloting for not planting himself into the ground!
Awesome shot!!!!

A visitor from South Africa posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Cant get lower than this, great one dude

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 22, 2011:
I think it's too dangerous. But rare shoot!:)

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Wow check how low the tail is at the back...you sure he wasnt belly landing??

A visitor from Poland posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Foreget about SXM, this is LOW! :-D

A visitor from - posted Tue March 22, 2011:
Spoken about a LOW pass, never saw an aircraft with main gears retracted so close to the ground!! nice

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