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Old 09-08-2007, 10:03 AM
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Talk about under the radar!

If you have high-speed check out this footage of some French attack pilots.


Ahhhhhhh! Makes me yearn for the good old days when I did this kind of thing.

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Old 09-08-2007, 10:49 AM
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I cannot imagine doing that, then having to give it up!!!

At least you were lucky enough to have been able to experience it in the first place!! Buzzing farms in a 172 just isnt quite as thrilling!!!
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:04 AM
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Now, that's LOW!
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Old 09-08-2007, 04:33 PM
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now that will make soil your pants!!!!
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Old 09-08-2007, 06:36 PM
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What got me was the shot of the guy tooling along at maybe 25 feet - and reading his MAP!!!

Yes, that's a single-seat plane!

What's amazing is how smooth the ride is. In the shots looking at the pilot's face, it's like he's in a lounge chair - except for the scenery rushing by. Most planes would be rough enough to jar your kidneys loose in the turbulence down there. Nice ride!
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Old 09-08-2007, 08:19 PM
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I saw that shot where he was looking at the map.
I noticed a couple times the pilot adjusting something on the upper left of the cockpit- terrain following auto pilot?
I really got a kick out of it when the pilot was going down the dirt road, and went lower....
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:54 PM
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:54 PM
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With my slooww dial up I didn't load the video.

I live on the west coast of lower Michigan. I worked alot right on the bluffs along the lake. If you look at the map there are two points that stick out about half way up the state. There are light houses on each of the points that they used to make bombing runs on.
One day I was standing on the 100 foot high bluff when two jets made a run at the light house a mile south. I was looking down in the cockpits of both of the jets as they streaked past.

Gave me chills knowing how close they were to the water.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:27 PM
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Rocky,
Thanks for posting this. Interesting. Were you ever at the Hurlburt range when a B1-B flew over on a low level bomb run going to the north range? I think those guys took pine needles with them.

You will apreciate this, I think. The best low level I ever saw in person was when a buddy of mine was visiting and I took him over to East Pass to look at the water. We parked at the east end of the bridge on the bluff south of the road over looking the water. About the time we had walked over to the edge of the parking lot, we heard a rumbling roar coming from the south, out on the gulf, and looked out that way. Far out over the water we could see a black dot right on the water, coming hard, real hard. As it got closer we relized it was a very big aircraft moving very fast. It flew right down the pass and had to climb to clear the bridge! It was an SR-71 making her final flight. She was on her way to become the static display at the mesuem on Eglin AFB and the pilot was showing what she could do in low level flight. Man, what a sight that was, a jet black SR-71 in flight, over crystal blue water and white sand and I had no camera.
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:53 PM
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I'd have loved to have seen that. I'd have been without a camera, too, I fear.

When I went through FAC training at Hurlburt, we were technically allowed to go down to 500 feet when over the ranges, but all our training was predicated on the "official minimum altitude" for FACs in Vietnam: 1500 AGL. Thy said we'd didn't have to learn to fly lower than that because we never would do it in combat.

Uh huh. Yeah. Right. You betcha.

Several of us came back with green on the plane's belly, one of the guys had a branch stuck in his leading edge and another had a crossbow arrow in his wing.
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Anybody know what kind of planes those were? They did look a lot likr the Tornada, but I never did get a really good look as they were flying really really fast.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:21 PM
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Hey Paul,
Hows the #1 man, himself?

I understand the aircraft were French Mirage jets of the new issue, on location in Chad, doing the Islamic Rebel interdiction rumba.
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in roughly march of 1991 I was in Btrp, 1/2 acr deployed to the sandbox for Desert Storm, when I saw an insane low level flyby.

Our unit was setup in a square formation near the middle of the major highway leading from Basra to Bagdad (have picture if needed)

One day we start seeing a pair of jets flying around alot nearby.
Command checked and was told they were Kuwaiti (spelling?)

Afterabit, they flewby pretty close, we waved, they goofed around abit, then left...or so we thought.

Out platoons were setup alternating around the square, tank plt, bradley plt, tank plt, bradley plt for the four sides 250 meters between tanks, and roughly 175 or so between bradleys, and support and maint in the middle.
I was in the tank nearest our sister bradley plt, when we had one of the previously mentioned flyboys come ripping over us at (we guessed) 50 feet.

Ok that was pretty cool, if unnerving.....then his buddy came _through_ our formation. He was flying sideways, and I saw the very tip of his wing pass _behind_ the turret of the bradley 4th down from me. Bradley is roughly 9 feet high, so he was _really_ low. He wasen't exactly sitting still either.

That really rocked, was a major rush, only regret I have is not having a video camera. I did have a regular camera, but even If I had had it out, I'd have never gotten the pic, it was that fast.

I'll enclose the highway sign pic we were near during our blockade duty.

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Old 09-14-2007, 07:31 AM
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Thanks Rocky..the video was awesome...I aint know the French had an air force...(snickers)

Seriously, I notice some of ya'll posting war stories. Thanks to all the HC men fer servin your country, ya'll are honorable men.

Please dont take no hints from the Frech tho
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Hey Paul,
Hows the #1 man, himself?

I understand the aircraft were French Mirage jets of the new issue, on location in Chad, doing the Islamic Rebel interdiction rumba.
Ed
Sure look like Tornadoes to me, but like I said, it's just a guess. I thought the Mirages were a delta wing aircraft like the Mirage 2000C and the EF-2000 Eurofighters. Maybe the French have a new airplane.
I think I did see one quick glance of a delta winged plane, but most seemed to have conventional swept back wings.
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