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Video: F-16 Makes Extremely Low Pass Over Airshow

by Mike Hoffman on July 9, 2014

F-16 LowAttendees of the RAF Waddington Air Show outside London on July 5 received a super up close view of a Turkish F-16 when the pilot made a low pass over the crowd before landing after his routine.

What might be more amazing is seeing how few of the crowd flinch after the F-16 Block 40 skims maybe 20 feet over their heads. The pilot is a member of the Solo Turk, the F-16 solo aerobatics display team of the Turkish Air Force.

Here’s the video:

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Han Solo July 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Is it the pilots fault or the spectators fault for being so close to the landing site?

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tmb2 July 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm

If they were so close that it would be dangerous for the plane I would imagine it would be cordoned off.

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Bernard July 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

It's not the plane I would be worried about. I would want to keep that crowd further back. All it takes is one twisted ankle to wake up every snake in a suit.

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Michael Fisher July 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Wonderful. The plane is a little low. These plane spotters have positioned themselves purposefully under the flight path outside the airfield perimeter on public land on a public road [the A15 Sleaford Rd] that passes only maybe 300 metres from the end of the main runway. There are red lights on the road that stop traffic when a plane is due to land & there's also signs advising people not to stand there. It's not a road used by casual pedestrians since there's no destinations nearby for people to walk to. Here is an RAF 41 Sqn Typhoon doing the same thing at the same place around a year earlier:- /watch?v=jojUQqJnvcU [or search Youtube for "RAF Waddington plane spotters get Typhoon shock"].

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Greg July 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

That pilot will never fly another airshow in the West. Fact.

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ghostwhowalksnz July 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Dont be silly. That 'crowd' wasnt part of the airshow , they were positioned at the end of the runway, where every plane coming to land will pass.
A normal airshow would never have planes passing over the crowd but as they on a public road there wasnt much they could do about it.
Its like the beach in the Caribbean which has jets passing just above the sunbathers, who are similarily just under the end of the runway

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Biggles July 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Takes more than an F16 to make a Londoner duck, by Jove.

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Stan July 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

That wasn't in London.

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Mike Butler July 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

First of all I want to say it was not a low pass it was a normal approach for a landing. As Michael Fisher posted. I feel sorry for the pilot, as to how he would of had to live the rest of his life had anything gone wrong and it had killed any of the idiots that had to be in a place they were not supposed to be.

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FASnipeHT2 July 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm

That is exactly where I would stand. With earphones.

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Mister Skipper July 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm

"What might be more amazing is seeing how few of the crowd flinch" – Did Mike Hoffman not watch the video? Half the crowd fell to the ground.

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Adi July 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Beautiful. Exceptional performance. These people came for this. Brilliant pilot. Others are jealous.

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hialpha July 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm

He landed his plane low in a right crosswind. Simply amazing.

Give this man a medal!

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hibeam July 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

For an even lower pass we will soon have the grounded F-35's taxing past the reviewing stands. Cover your ears!

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John Moore July 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

what air force did this puppy belong too? Very good low level pass. I remember a friend of mine telling me that he saw an AD-6 Skyraider make a low lever pass as the props was kicking up the sand on the ground. that is what I call low.

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Michael Fisher July 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Türk Hava Kuvvetleri. It's not a low level pass ~ it's on landing approach.

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Mike Stith July 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

The Turkish Air force

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hialpha July 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm

That was definitely NOT a 3 degree glideslope!

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Ozgur July 10, 2014 at 3:43 am

Dear Greg, you follow this internet page and still do not know aviation rules and exceptions? I’m sure you do and you are jealous. If you are too “western” to be convinced, go youtube and watch top 10 low pass. Most french pilots.

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Wolf July 10, 2014 at 3:56 am

Unfortunately, the USAF would be in trouble for doing something awesome like this. For the best Air Force in the world, we certainly have no balls when it comes to making the crowd go wild

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kevin July 10, 2014 at 7:48 am

Bad angle! It's a shame ya can't how big the pilot's eye were along with his grin. A Turk? Didn't they start WWI?

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Mitch S. July 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

That was the Serbs, not the Turks.
Agree with you about the grin. Crowd was happy too – it's what they came to see (and hear, and feel).

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anthony July 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

Any ear damage?!!!

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Stan July 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

"Attendees of the RAF Waddington Air Show outside London".

"Royal Air Force Waddington or more simply RAF Waddington (IATA: WTN, ICAO: EGXW) is a Royal Air Force station located 4.2 miles (6.8 km) south of Lincoln, Lincolnshire" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Waddington

"Lincoln is situated in a gap in the Lincoln Cliff 141 miles (227 kilometres) north of London" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_England

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VictorCharly July 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Remember they have to dumb it down for the geographically inept folk across the pond. Waddington is in England, but not in London, and so thusly is outside of London….frustratingly generalized for most locals but accurate enough for them other folk to understand.

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tiger July 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

How do you say Maverick & Goose in Turkish? Ghosterider requests flyby…… LOL

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Air Boss July 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm

negative ghostrider the pattern is full..

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mike July 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

I saw the video, and my question is Why is this area off the end of an active runway available to the public? The pilot made a normal approach. That theses idiots were there, is not his fault. those people were there to get as close to the aircraft as they could while the pilot made a his landing. Sounds to me like there is a security problem on that airfield. The pilot made a great landing. Cheers

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Nick July 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Approach seems more or less normal, though possibly a bit shallow. In the last angle, you will note the runway is down the hill a little ways and there is no displaced threshold. My guess is the pilot may have been a little low, but it was not to wow the crowd. Gusty conditions may have contributed. I can't understand how people managed to get where they were. Security or not, a dangerous place to be if only for your ears.

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