This is one of those videos that may give you motion sickness symptoms.
An F/A-18 Hornet flies at high speed through the canyons of Northern California “ridiculously close to the ground”. Noteworthy, in order to keep the aircraft treetop and avoid pulling too many negative Gs, the pilot rolls the plane inverted (thus pulling positive Gs – if he pushed the nose down at those speeds he would impose less tolerable Gs on himself).
As already explained, in the age of stealth bombers and standoff weapons, low-level high-speed flying to exploit the terrain masking, is still one of the most important parts of both planes and helicopters combat pilot training.
H/T to Bill Garcia for the heads-up
- Farnborough 2012 photo: F/A-18F Super Hornet take off (theaviationist.com)
- Tony Scott, Hank Kleeman, Kara Hultgreen and the F-14 Tomcat: three (tragic) stories and a legendary plane (theaviationist.com)
- Inverted F-18 Hornet Phone Will Make Your Head Spin a Little [Airplanes] (gizmodo.com)
- F/A-18D Hornet Crash in Virginia Beach Caused By Rare Dual Engine Failure (z6mag.com)