Aviation Photo #0918446 McDonnell Douglas F-4M Phantom FGR2 - UK - Air Force

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I was expecting this 19 sqn Phantom to hit the public road, but as I took this picture the pilot pushed to full throttle and missed the airfield fence by inches.....I Was a little shaky and deaf after this experience. I took this photo with a 50mm lens...that's why
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    Lieuwe Hofstra
    UK - Air Force
    McDonnell Douglas F-4M Phantom FGR2
    McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
    McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
    McDonnell Douglas
    3355/0096
    XV481
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    Breda - Gilze-Rijen
    Netherlands
    July 1984
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Comments (76)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Eek! That has to be the lowest aircraft pictured taken near a public area. Incredible!
Anonymous
11 years ago
OMG - SXM is nothing against this
but a pretty old shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
You can almost hear the PNF saying F*********** power power power
Anonymous
11 years ago
RAF pilots - best in the world. The photo is not technically great, but the atmosphere it creates is fantastic.
Anonymous
11 years ago
That's a kind of scary view, but much spectacular at the same time! Excellent shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
A great 'opportunity' image, Lieuwe, you are to be congratulated. Wonder what state the pilots pants were in !!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Can't believe people could be in this close contct with this aircraft?
Anonymous
11 years ago
What an incredible shot. I miss Gilze!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Pretty neat.why so many spectators? Showboating?
Anonymous
11 years ago
With a 50mm lens! the mind boggles.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hit the road Jack!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Definitely not something you see every day, great work getting this photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
What an excellent reaction the photographer had.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Now that is "LOW".
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good photo, congratulations.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think this guy was very lucky for being there and take a shot at the right moment.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Right place at the right time!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Composure, people, road, and planes low level.
Anonymous
11 years ago
You won't see this to often, a quiet country scene about to be shattered by a deafening thunder!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The ability of the photographer to foresee the position of the aircraft when crossing and and the clean shut.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Knowing the fact that this picture was tooken with a 50 mm lens makes it very exceptionnal, so bravo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Phantoms Phorever !!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I´m also from holland (Deventer). But this is a very beautifull photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
You can almost see two sets of skid marks... and there not on the road !
Anonymous
11 years ago
This photo takes a A+
Anonymous
11 years ago
Keep your ears! I envy this people!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sweet!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Dude, this is sweet!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Being at the right place at the right time is a part of it. Using a 50 mm lens... That's just amazing. The color and clarity are top notch. The photographer was a lot closer to the plane than I would want to be. Considering the speed of the aircraft, I think he did a great job at getting the people, plane and surrounding terrain very well framed.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Naughty pilot- showing off
makes for a choice photo though!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It looks like there were plenty of people on hand to watch this landing!
Anonymous
11 years ago
How did you survive that noise man!?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow Very nice Pic, great moment for the miss app
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good timing and a steady hand help this photo along with a detailed description of what was happening.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The extreme low approach, just taken at
the right moment - this picture really
expresses tension !!
Anonymous
11 years ago
What timing! Perhaps not the best photo technically, but situationally it tells a fantastic story. You really did manage to frame this so well, the 'spectators' giving a great perspective on the size of the old Phantom.

Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The LSO in me is screaming "power...power...burner!"
Brits knew how to fly the beast. One of the best performance shots ever of the phabulous phantom.
Anonymous
11 years ago
COOL!!!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Unbelievable
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot! right place at the right time
Anonymous
11 years ago
Roar!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Pilot must by crazy, or they have self-preservation instrument in off. I would like hear these people on the road.
View Pahantom cca 5 m over ground is COOOL :)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Gotta imagine what would have happend had the pilot hit the ground...scary but still a cool pic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow must have been close
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent. What a photo! The composition is great, the people in the background, the tree. I bet his ears were ringing after. How lucky to have got such a close shot. It just shows, being in the right spot can produce the best shots.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Did the wheels touch the roadway shortly after?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice picture! I live next to this airforce base and I have seen this quite some times happen altough they have a precision approach radar!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Crazy
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot. I'm sure the pilot was a little shaky afterwards too!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic. Some of my happiest days on the mighty 19(F) Sqn! Dolphin Ops 4ever!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Poiuyr
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is just amazing!!!!!extra super cool!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Rhhaaaaa Lovely !!
Phantom for ever !
Anonymous
10 years ago
This magnificent photo is of the f-4 phantom; one of america's finest fighter aircraft. seldom, if ever, will you see any fighter aircraft this close to the ground while in actual flight. since this generation of aircraft is no longer in our active inventory, enjoy it while you can. you will possibly never see another.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Airplanes Alwys Land Right on top of your head in the Netherlands.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice picture, I wish I'd taken it!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Definitely much too low. Hazardous and a bit stupid.
Can you imagine this thing going bust and spillinbg the fuel all over?
Anonymous
9 years ago
What more can you say but wow
Anonymous
9 years ago
Incredible pose,reaaly amazing.Never drive your car when passing low flying altidute aircraft above you
Anonymous
9 years ago
Yes, it should have taken off earlier the plane is to low i think. but it is a great shot of a masterpiece!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great photograph really capturing the mighty Phantom very close to the ground.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Now we know where "Report if traffic in sight" comes from! :-)
Anonymous
9 years ago
It was as close as one can get.
Anonymous
9 years ago
You are a lucky guy to see this Phantom in this wonderful angle. Great shot!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I sure would hate to be joggin down that road!
Anonymous
9 years ago
'Close up and personal' are always the greatest shots. This one is awesome.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Breath taking.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow - That's really close.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Only the Phantom knows!
Anonymous
6 years ago
I suppose it answers the question "How low can you go?" with "How high is the ground?!"
Anonymous
6 years ago
I'd put some train barriers in the road over there. Wouldn't like to be driving there in my truck.
Anonymous
5 years ago
I've always admired this picture. Congratulations.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Impressive!!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
WOW right place right time. Awsome capture.
Just wonderingdid the low flying aircraft sign in the roads come before or after this pilot.
(wish I had a camera when our pilot on 64SQN drop bombed 29SQN at RAF Leuchars with his outboard fuel tank after trying to land without undercarriage down)

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