Cockpit video (with raw sound) of F-15E Strike Eagle flying through canyons

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!


About David Cenciotti
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.