[Photo] U.S. F-4E Phantom’s ultra-low final approach buzzes photographer’s heads

If you though that the most spectacular landing happens at the Caribbean St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport, you were wrong.

Along with Waddington in the UK (and few other airports…), there’s another famous place where planes flew very low final approaches and this is Gilze-Rijen in the Netherlands.

The following image was taken by “Con-V” of Spotting group Volkel at the Dutch airbase almost 30 years ago, and it shows a U.S. F-4E Phantom about to touch down. If you search for images taken at that airfield, you’ll find some more examples of ultra low final approaches at Gilze-Rijen, but the one in this post is surely among the most stunning ones.

Low, isn’t it?

Image credit: “Con-V” of Spotting group Volkel and H/T to Bart Sweers who made us in contact with the author of the photo.


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.