Video shows C-130s flying at very low altitude through the valleys during Red Flag Alaska

Jun 01 2014 - 6 Comments

If you thought low level flying was only for fighter planes, you were wrong. Watch how maneuverable a C-130 can be during a Red Flag sortie.

The following video shows a C-130H from the U.S. Air Force’s 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota airbase Japan while conducting training operations during Red Flag Alaska 13-1. You can also spot another Hercules leading the formation through the valleys.

Even if low level videos usually feature fast jets, even cargo aircraft, often involved in special operations, reconnaissance, Search And Rescue, troops or humanitarian airdrops in troubled spots around the world, may have to fly (hence train) at low altitudes.

For instance, the low flying training of Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules pilots came in handy when they were tasked to rescue oil workers that were trapped in Libya in 2011, few weeks before the Air War kicked off. The C-130s coming from Malta flew at low level once over the desert and in hostile air space, picked up the oil workers at a small remote airfield and returned to Luqa flying, at very low altitude until they reached the boundaries of the Libyan airspace.

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  • InklingBooks

    It’s most impressive flying and great video footage. But why do those who create many of these videos ruin them by playing irrelevant music?

    A voice-over commentary about what is happening and why would be a thousand times more informative.

    • Pooter Bilbo

      It’s because videos like this aren’t generally made for the viewing public. They’re more of a posterity thing for people within the squadron. So they already know what’s going on and it seems cooler to just set it to music.

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  • PcGee

    We did low level flying in C-141 Starlifters when our Light Infantry Battalion went to Alaska for mountain training. Our LRSD were jumping.

  • Sinnister

    Just another day at the office for the USAF.

  • bill

    why are there rockets being shot off at 1:42?