Aviation Photo #1012562 General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark - Australia - Air Force

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Whoa!!! this F-111 flew in very low and very fast buzzing the rooftops and catching some of the the spectators off guard at Indy Fever 2005 Gold Coast Australia!
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    Michael Marston
    Australia - Air Force
    General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark
    General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark/Raven
    General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark/Raven
    General Dynamics
    D1-07
    A8-131
    Surfers Paradise
    Queensland
    Australia
    October 23, 2005
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Comments (70)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Whoa Nelly!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome. very low altitude dash and managed to get caught in film
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW, you were very lucky to catch this shot if it really flew that fast
Anonymous
11 years ago
At high speed that would likely make someone deaf but its still kick ass!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just great! Excellent timing 10 stars to 5 absolutely
Anonymous
11 years ago
A little loud, don't you think?
Anonymous
11 years ago
"WOW, you were very lucky to catch this shot if it really flew that fast" If his wings are swept back, its definitely not going slow. Great catch.
Anonymous
11 years ago
"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."
Anonymous
11 years ago
How are your ears after that?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Heads down everybody!!! ;) T.B.
Anonymous
11 years ago
OH....MY.....GOD....! That´s low my friend.Nice shot.RL787 from Buenos Aires.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beatyful bird
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cooll
Anonymous
11 years ago
Super
Anonymous
11 years ago
Heu..
looks a little bit scary - cause so low past.
awesome shot (=
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply amazing! I wonder if that mic guy on the roof got the sound byte he was after?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Those Aussie AF guys really liked to buzz the buildings at the Gold Coast Indy.. They really fly that low.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sweet!! I love how you got the rooftop and the plane so big in the shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow!! So much for St Maarten. The Gold Coast really has some low flying aircraft and they're armed too!
Anonymous
11 years ago
That was close!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Not very often you get a shot like this one
Anonymous
11 years ago
Everything!!!!!!!!! it the best!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The PIG is what we call this monster of a plane in Australia, loved by all in this country and why wouldnt you, just look how low these PIGs come in, this is what you would see at any airshow or flyover in OZ if the F.111 was to preform, its a shame that this plane will not be flying in a few years, at one stage it was to fly untill 2025 but politics as allways ends the life of an aircraft way to early in its life, this aircraft can not be replaced by the F.35 but other people seem to think so!One of the best shots of an ozy PIG i ve seen on A.net well done mate bloody unreal.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Jaw-dropping!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great capture. Glad it didn't catch you off guard! Thanks for sharing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hold your ears! Stunning shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Close...
Anonymous
11 years ago
I'd pay good money to be on that roof top.
A fantastic picture. Well done. Tony (uk)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Uhh...Is that legal? Wouldn't it kinda well... hurt your ears? Man I wish they did stuff like that in the U.S.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's so close that i think the jetblast could push you out of that roof
Anonymous
11 years ago
Next time, ask the RAAF if they'll instruct the crew to dump fuel for a really spectacular tower buzz photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Never seen something like that!!!! Unbelievable... Thanks for this outstanding shot!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Magnificent photo of an F-111 doing what they do best - low and fast - they didn't hear it coming because it was doing Mach .9 !!!
Boleropilot (F-111 watcher for 30+ years)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Unbelievable shot! I cannot believe you got this plane stopped in perfect clarity!
Anonymous
11 years ago
After the pilot landed, the airfield sued him for broken windows.

(J/K)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Had the sun been up that's what Gadaffi would have seen when he poked his head out of his tent during Eldorado Canyon in 1986. Good on ya, mate!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Depth of field shows aircraft in focus - spectators on top of a building are probably a bit closer to the camera position, but still a nice framing job!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is textbook "Flat-Hatting"

Aiman Dictionary:
Flat-Hat: verb The act of knocking the hats of airshow spectators flat due to extreme close proximity to the ground.
Anonymous
10 years ago
OMG As the F-111 is one of the world's loudest aircraft, you'd think that using it to sneak up on grand prix spectators at mach .9 at treetop height would be somewhat illegal!! Amazing shot! Hope the ear drums of those people on the building (and on the ground!) are not scattered in a million pieces all over the turf!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I hav seen alot of raaf elevens at air shows and many in books.i think this photo has great under fusalage detail and top feel for speed and surprise of its approach.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Holy f...111. Judging of angle of its wings it hadn't flew too slow.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Those are freiking loud tower flybys like in the movie "Top Gun."
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW just WOW
to quote a line in Blazing Saddles
"Hold your ears folks it's show time"
GREAT PHOTO
Anonymous
10 years ago
Juss one word wooooooooooooooooooooow
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's so wonderful~~!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Now that must have scared them out of their pants when it flew over so low,awsome!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Impressive sight of those fold-back wings in this low pass!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Once the again the f-111 shows how awesome it is
Anonymous
10 years ago
Whoa!!! is right, this is enough to scare the you
know what out of anybody.
an excellent shot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool Close up! Close Shave for some!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photo is a great shot, the blurred people in the background add a great sense of speed and detail and it makes you want to climb inside the jet and enjoy the ride that the guy inside is getting.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This pic captures this wonderful aircraft at its best. A Great photo of a great plane G-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just great, wonder if the folk on the roof have their hearing back yet? Big Al
Anonymous
9 years ago
Look at that !!!!! Need I mention the asymmetrical wing load, too? I love the Tomcat, but this is absolutely awesome!!!!!! If my memory serves me right, the F-111 was the first supersonic fighter/attack jet with terrain following radar. For me that is the photo of the year. Mr. Marston didn't have a lot of time to take the shot but what a composition!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Tower, this is Ghost rider requesting a flyby.
That's a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full. Great pic!
Anonymous
9 years ago
A good way to get deaf!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I worked on this plane when serving at Amberley, lovely machine, I flew them in the simulator, the best beast.
Yogi
Anonymous
8 years ago
Hit the deck, everybody!!!!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Heh, I was there to see this happen as a matter of fact and I can tell you it was VERY low and yes it did indeed scare the bajeesus outta me and the others around!! We thought he'd taken off and everyone was going back about their business when he came straight over head at god knows what speed!! Truly a sight to behold.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great shot of a pig I bet there was a brown smell lingering about there for a good while. They are a truly awesome ac and don't think there is anything out there to readily replace them. Why does politics always get in the way of rational thinking?
Anonymous
7 years ago
The F-111 Aardvark was designed for low-level strike. This proofs it! What a superb action photo! Imagine the sound as it swept overhead at this height!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The Aussies used to fly these in to Clark for Cope Thunder back in the 80's. They've always had a special knack for announcing their arrival :)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Aah the f-111 will miss it when its gone. seeing
the dump and burn unforgettable
Anonymous
7 years ago
Close your ears!
It must have been hard to catch this fast low flying plane in the frame
Anonymous
7 years ago
Love this pic reminds me of my childhood school days near USAF/RAF Upper Heyford. The f111E's flew in pairs.
Lessons stopped every half hour or so for the low level flypast. Teachers soon learnt to wait for the second plane to go over before lessons restarted. Great days.
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is typical F-111 attitude I worked on them for 17 years and there isn't anything built today that can keep up with it low level
Anonymous
6 years ago
Damn, great shooting mate it would take some good timing for that. brings back memories of these at RAAF richmond as a kid feeling the ground vibrate...they better preserve a few of these like they did with that raaf f-86
Anonymous
4 years ago
"I'm sorry but you guys are just to loud!!" Haha.

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