Low Level......

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RAF Swinderby?
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RAF Swinderby?

Yes.

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A rather low F-14 Tomcat:
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obviously photographed near the arresting cable on an air base.

Low pass videos?
See them at
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elsewhere on this forum! ;)

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I don't think anybody flew as low as this one.....
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Well, his landing was a bit low..

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nice! but what country?

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The UK. It was my own first sighting of an a/c crashlanding.

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The UK. It was my own first sighting of an a/c crashlanding.

now you say it I see the roundel under the cockpit. The tail was confusing me

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I was under the impression that if a Lightning was in trouble, engines out or gear problems, the order was to bale out due to the high possibility of the plane cart-wheeling after a wing tip touched down. From what I can see, this kite had gear problems, had ejected the ventral tank and came in in a wing and a prayer. Anyone know the full story?

Edit, just notice no air brakes open so maybe it was a partial hydraulics failure.

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Indeed, it was always thought that the a/c would flip like that, it didn't.
It's an F6, the ventral tank could not be ejected. Why did it land with no u/c? Pilot error.
Airbrakes closed would indicate it would have been another touch and go.
The story. A combination of circumstances.
The pilot was doing touch and go's. A recent order had been made to not cycle the u/c during that due to excessive wear on the u/c trunnions. Also, to save money, there was no-one observing at the approach anymore. If they saw anything wrong with the a/c they would radio ATC or fire a flare as a warning. During the touch and go's the pilot did unthinkingly cycle up and forgot to lower it again. It then landed a little lower and shorter than expected. The damage was to the ventral tank and the port wing tip. The pilot claimed first that the u/c collapsed but it was rigorously tested and nothing was wrong. Just before getting out I believe he quickly selected down and then vacated very smartly. I was outside standing on an a/c and had a clear view of the incident, I have never seen a pilot dressed in full kit run so fast!
Btw for those of you who have seen late photo's of an F6 with a full ventral tank and no cannons. For those of you in the know, the tanks were modified in the late '60's to hold cannons, but only for the F6 models. The a/c was of course brought into ASF and they surveyed the damage and demanded the parts. The front section ventral tank was an unmodded version and there was much scratching of the head by the team chiefs. I was posted shortly after that so I never found out if they could demand a modded tank. I assume not...

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...and this one is over land, quite close to the crowd line.

You think you have seen all "Sneak Passes" done by Blue Angles? Well, not like this... ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mjoQB2BLc0

Pensacola Naval Air Station, very low over the runway near the crowdline.
So not above water far from the public :D

More low-fliers can be found at
http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?133320-How-Low-Can-You-Go-(2015)/page8
elsewhere on this forum! :eagerness:

Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet Sneak Pass
The epic sound of freedom up close and personal. Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida 2015