[Video] Turkish F-16’s ultra low landing at Waddington Airshow

Solo Turk F-16 buzzes the heads of spotters and photographers outside the fence at UK airbase.

If you want to take nice, close up, footage or images of military aircraft on final approach, then RAF Waddington, in the UK (home of the British drone force) is the right airport for you.

Each time the local airshow attracts aircraft from all around the world, there is a good chance to take some interesting photographs or footage of warplanes coming low, very low, on final approach for landing.

The following video was filmed there, on Jul. 5, at the end of the display of the Turkish Air Force Solo Türk aerobatic display team’s F-16C Block 40.

By the way, it’s not only a matter of how low the pilot flew the final approach: there are airports in Europe where runway threshold is so close to the airfield perimeter that you can have your head buzzed by a plane’s landing gear.


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  1. I was there when it happened, in fact that’s me at the bottom of your main picture. Unforgettable!

  2. @Baz: Imagine the thrill of the fighter pilot grazing u guys if just watching was fun… I have been in that cockpit :)

  3. So stupid!
    If for any reason the pilot has to go around or miss the threshold, he will probably injure peoples and be charged for this at least morally.
    I can assure you that nowadays pilots are under real pressure due to civilian complaints.
    What’s the point staying in the axis when you can put yourself asside and enjoy the same thing but not endangering youself and the pilot.
    Respect is a two way matter.

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