An F-15 Strike Eagle low level flying in between canyon walls.
Here is what it looks like to fly at high-speed, low altitude, through canyons in the back seat of an F-15E Strike Eagle.
Filmed from the cockpit, the video lets you appreciate an in-cockpit experience thanks to the original sound. Obviously, if you were actually flying the F-15E, you would not hear that background noise you can hear in the video: it would be almost completely cancelled inside your HGU-55P flight helmet.
In the age of stealth bombers, standoff weapons, drones, cyberwar, electronic warfare, etc. low-level high-speed flying is still one of the most important parts of both planes and helicopters combat pilot training: pulling some Gs during aggressive low level turns needed to avoid obstacles and take advantage of terrain masking is a good way to improve handling skills as well as increase survivability (for instance, preventing detection by enemy radar systems.)
H/T to Matt Fanning for the link to the video!
I’m starting to believe what some experts are saying, that making an aircraft stealthy plays such havoc with its flight characteristics and to so little effect, that its best relegated to a minor factor in the design. Enemy radar is best avoided by terrain flying (as here), jamming, and stand-off missile attacks.
Well stealth has a purpose and it’s fine to have but one doesn’t need a whole air force full of stealth. At some point, the need for stealthy designs is exceeded by the need for ordinance.
These videos are so much better without the Linkin Park garbage playing over the jet noise.