Update Apr. 23, 2012 21.30 GMT
Allegedly recorded in Afghanistan (that, as far as I remember, it’s a landlocked country with no sea…), the following video, uploaded a couple of days ago on Liveleak has received hundreds comments by people either amazed or scared by the one believed to be one of the lowest fly by ever of a U.S. F-16 in combat.
However, even if it’s a a very low fly by, it was filmed in the Vliehors shooting range (from the range’s control tower), in the Netherlands (thanks to Dirk Jan de Ridder for the hint) and does not show a U.S. but a Dutch “badass” pilot performing a dangerous low level stunt with an F-16AM (belonging to the Royal Netherlands Air Force).
Furthermore, I’m sure it was filmed at least some three or four years ago, as I’ve already seen it on Youtube or elsewhere.
By the way, this is a lower fly by with an F-16.
On the contrary, the low passage of an AN-12 that has had some notoriety on Facebook lately (see below) was photoshopped.
- This could be the look of the Dutch F-35 (theaviationist.com)
- Belgian Air Force F-16s refueling from U.S. tanker over Afghanistan. With boom operator’s audio (and some wasted fuel…) (theaviationist.com)
There are plenty of stories out there of pilots flying CFIT while trying to to a low pass. I guess one of these people “win”.
I also remember a story of one of the Royal Norwegian Air Force fighter pilots from the 50’s or the 60’s who got away with landing with pieces of trees stuck to his plane, because he was know to follow the rules to much to do something stupid.