There used to be a clip on YouTube of a Buccaneer doing an insanely low level flight down a runway "somewhere in Bahrain." By "insanely low" I mean lower than the Lightning pic I posted.Was once told a story about a RAF pilot who did similler in the far east
He was flying a Shakleton and they used to drop mail for the aircraft carriers
Bit of a boring job so he decided to liven it up
Dropped the mail and circled and came back lined up with the carrier
Dropped his landing gear and adjusted his flaps
PulLed up at the last minute and flew by level with the deck
Looked out of his window and waved just intinme to see the crew clearing the deck for him by chucking planes overboard.
Long flight home apperently and no promotion for 20 years
Proboably a good urban myth but not bad all the same
B-52 Crash at Fairchild Air Force Base - YouTube
Pirates of the Mediterranean - a Buccaneer special - YouTube
Might be part of "The Boys From Bahrain" which sometimes crops-up on PPRuNe.There used to be a clip on YouTube of a Buccaneer doing an insanely low level flight down a runway "somewhere in Bahrain." By "insanely low" I mean lower than the Lightning pic I posted.
Unfortunately it appears to have been removed.
Reminded me of a story from a RAAFie Sgt fitter who happened to be chatting away and said when in the 70's a Lightening Sqn happened to be over in oz - Darwin. Those who know Darwin runway will notice that it undulates, and I mean undulates. Anyway, it seemed a that RAF procedure is to select the undercarriage Up, so that as soon as the Lightening is off the tarmac the undercarriage comes up - saves time (?). Well following said procedure and with the first undulation on the runway the undercarriage comes up. From what the Sgt was blabbing on about made for a spectacular display of low level flying.That's not low.
This is low:
A matelot with an instamatic I believe...Now that's impressive - from the photographer's POV I mean. Is that a cropped still from a vid or is it Pte Syrup standing on the bridge wing with his Instamatic just prior to endex?
Friend of mine was on Broadsword!
Tell that to the crew of Czar 52.There's always the black and yellow oh **** handle!!
Looks like bad leadership combined with a egotistical pilot.Tell that to the crew of Czar 52.
They co pilot attempted to bang out, he didn't make it.
I've seen that clip a few times but never the explanation behind it. Wonder why the seats didn't go as it looks (and says) that at least one hatch is blown, surely its microseconds between hatch and seat firing mechanisms initiating? Very sad story.