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Apparently the ribbon cutting is easier done when inverted! Will Curtis impresses the crowd at the Air Tattoo! [Canon EOS 300D using Sigma 170-500mm AF lens] Holding the poles are Luke Czepiela and Ben Holmes
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Photo Added: July 28, 2005

Comments (106)

Anonymous
11 years ago
It's an excellent shot ! Taken just when necessary, not blurred ! excellent !
Anonymous
11 years ago
Those green guys must not be on good terms with the boss if that's the assignment.

Great Pic.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The clarity of this shot is amazing. ..And so is the pilot! Fantastic shot, I love it!
Anonymous
11 years ago
A most impressive display of flying skill by the pilot! Great picture
Anonymous
11 years ago
Caught in the middle of the action. If I were one of those guys I would be very scared.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Lush!
Anonymous
11 years ago
On some Pitts Special airplanes, the sponsor is written upside down, this shot would be even nicer if Honda was written upside down hehe
Anonymous
11 years ago
Holy guacamole thats amazing, TRUE skill
Anonymous
11 years ago
That's really amazing
Anonymous
11 years ago
Top shot Phil - I was there too and remember how close he came to the ground!! Timing of this shot is excellent under the ribbon and so sharp - A Great shot thanks for sharing!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Completely crazy ! ! ! A very impressive shot !
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, thats amazing flying there! i would one day hope to be able to do that!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
So that's the deal : I give you 5 stars, but I give 5 more to the pilot ! 5 for you, 10 for him.

The point is you got your 5 stars ;D
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hells bells - perfect flying and perfect timing by the photog
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great timing from the photog and what a superb demo of flying skill too!! Those pole holders must have nerves of steel! :-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very brave people in green!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The sponsor should be written the other way around---
GREAT SHOT
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible!
He's less then a 1.5m above the ground. I don't even want to think what a sudden gust of wind may cause...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot. it's a superb aircraft and it's flown by a great pilot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Super
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW!!!! That must be one brave pilot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love the detail of the plane during the amazing stunt.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great foto !
Anonymous
11 years ago
I saw this stunt at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2005, it made my heart stop when he cut the ribbons!! This photo brings back that heart stopping feeling!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great picture. it must be really scary to be in that plane.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think the pilot is somewhat insane but the guy's standing in the runway are even more insane!!!! look at how close they are to the plane.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Is there any more impressive skill show off then this??? Does it get any crazier, WOW
Anonymous
11 years ago
The detail of the photo is great and just the fact that it's inverted so close to the runway
Anonymous
11 years ago
Only pilots from former Soviet republics can do so mad things. :))) It's really amazing. Great photo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Neat
Anonymous
10 years ago
Pretty sick
Anonymous
10 years ago
Yikes!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photo is so excellent
Anonymous
10 years ago
Take a good close look at the elevator. If you draw a chord line on the wing and the horizontal stab you will find that the tendncy for this aircraft would be to go nose down (up as you are looking at it). But there appears to be some back sick pressure being applied ther and it seems he's pulling the nose even more towards the ground. There's a difference between aviating and flying. Thats flyin'!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great freeze action, nice depth of field, good details on the airplane.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Unbelievable
Anonymous
10 years ago
Now THAT is stunt flying!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Coolio
Anonymous
10 years ago
2 words remote control
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
10 years ago
3 GUYS WITH MAJOR COOL
Anonymous
10 years ago
Freaking Amazing. That guy must have ice running through his veins.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Crazy but one of a kind..... should not be tried by anyone else..4 stars
Anonymous
10 years ago
Didn't know honda made planes
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very impressive photo, although I do prefer watching Mr. Sean D. Tucker perform the same maneuver. Knifeedge left, knifeedge right, inverted - the triple ribbon cut.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Moving plane totally in focus really stands out with the slightly blurred background...this shot was technically difficult to get.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The pilot is amazing! That takes talent.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! That sure takes a big set of cohones, both the pilot and the guys on the ground!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing sharpness and clarity, considering the subject was travelling so quickly. Composition is very stimulating and intriguing.
Anonymous
10 years ago
GOOD THING THOSE TWO POLE HOLDERS HAD THERE SAFETY VESTS ON FROM ANGLE IT LOOKS A LITTLE CLOSE.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Crazy cool
Anonymous
10 years ago
The ability of the pilot if this is a real time picture, and not some computer manipulated nonsense.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Haha
too low
lets go!
bravissimmo
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is just outrageous.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Unbelievable
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent capture of the bravery and hazard to both the pilot and the pole holders. Putting the plane in focus instead of the guys on the ground echoes the concentration of the pilot, who is in absolute control of the stunt. Great timing and instinct from the photographer and amazing skill from the pilot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Since I am a pilot I appreciate the difficulty-and danger- of flyimg low and upside down. Frankly, I think he's out of his gourd.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Color, sharpness, stop action, position of plane, color balance, focus of subject, frame fit.
Anonymous
10 years ago
To catch the plane in that attitude just as it was passing through the uprights would take EXCELLENT timing, knowledge of the camera and a GREAT DEAL of luck.
Anonymous
10 years ago
COOL
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is just insane! the trust, the precision, the photography! I havent seen anything so good on the net in a long long time!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice photo phil
Anonymous
10 years ago
GEAT Photo, and geat panning shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
WHOA!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Everything in the photo is impressive: the pilot, airplane, and the pole hoders.
Anonymous
10 years ago
One of the many wonders of flight is the defiance of gravity, of which this is an excellent example!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! Thats awesome! Thats one brave pilot and two really brave pole holders!! Great timing and super sharp too!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Now that guy has a pair
Anonymous
10 years ago
INZANE! Is this a fake or is it just as excellent as it looks?? This guy is truelly a real pro! Very cool picture!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing shot! great timing.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
Really nice shot! I tried getting a picture likes this and forget it. Ha HA... Nice one man.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing Photo... I actually saw this display at RAF Fairfood in 2005 (RIAT) i would recamend this show to anyone who is even slightly intrested in plains. great viewing area where you can see everything with live comentry. Stuart Woolley UK
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very nice shot - great action!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow man, I don't know what this picture shows more. Skill or trust.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Woow!!!!!. Thats low. God photo, nice jobb.
Anonymous
9 years ago
I was there on this day and saw this, this is not a fake. The pilot was really that low. From what i remember there was a row of these ribbons forming a low 'tunnel'. This was just one of them. The people holding the ribbons were volunteers from the crowd!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Now THAT is a professinal pilot. I've never seen that before inches towards the ground!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Brave people on the runway you would need alot of courage... graet picture
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great timing through the poles, but only 4 stars worth due to the clear lack of prop blurr Im afraid!! ;-) John Franks Glos.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Hey,
Thanks for posting, I'm Luke holding the pole, it was great weekend.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Some get to fly 747s and alike... but this is the REAL stuff!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Classic image!! well captured - good timing and panning - aircraft is pin sharp with motion blurr behind ginving a real sense of speed and action. P Shorrock - Windsor UK
Anonymous
8 years ago
Simply stunning shot!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Well timed with plane through poles
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow that is one great pilot.
also i like the blur in the picture gives a sense of speed.
Anonymous
8 years ago
It shows how good these guy's are!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very skillfull pilot..
Anonymous
7 years ago
So cool, great capture
Anonymous
7 years ago
This shows how good pilots are like
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow no question.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Love dynamics !
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's a honda :)
wondefull shot, perfect timing.. 5* !!

from Belgium
Anonymous
7 years ago
Perfect moment, but imagine beeing one of the guys holding the poles, and then the plane hits the one you hold, could end up pretty bad!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome action photo!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Honda for the win!
Anonymous
6 years ago
If you look closely, the Stig is in the cockpit!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wonderful timing in this shot!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Good
Anonymous
5 years ago
Wonder if hes flying visual or instrumental?

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