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Every day is a good day for a Fly By.
Pay particular attention to the last shown low pass. It is number one. Watch
the halo of water around the plane. It happened during a Blue Angels event
over San Francisco several years ago. It was the pilot's last show with the
team and he had nothing to lose.
Many of the boats in the bay lost windows to the sonic blast. It's a kick to watch.
Number 3 was pretty impressive too. Click the link below:
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Pretty neat Denny.
The best one that I ever saw was at Duxford.
It was an ordinary weekday and I'd gone there to visit the museum. There was to be no flying that I was aware of. It certainly wasn't a show.
At the end of the afternoon, as I was leaving, I and another guy stopped to watch a P51 Mustang that was warming up, out on the grass. After a few minutes, the pilot climbed aboard and the aircraft taxied around and took off.
We thought that that was that but as we turned to leave, we heard him returning.
He came in so low that he had to pull up to clear the hangars, then he put it back down and roared across the airfield, at tremendous speed and only feet from the ground, finally climbing and banking away from us.
It was the kind of stunt that you'd never see at an organised show and I don't suppose I'll ever see it done again.
It quite made my day!
Wow, magnificent! No.6, 3 and 1 for me. But I'd love to have been there for every one of them.
Well Bren, I would have liked to have seen that. Back in 1969 I was a bush pilot based in Goose Bay, Labrador. Each summer we had a little air show put on for the public by the various militaries based there for training in the rugged terrain, which is similar to many areas of Russia. The RAF had Vulcans based there, and the most impressive display I've ever seen, was a Vulcan coming in on the approach to R27, which is over a wide body of water; it was on the deck, and frightening for such a huge airplane. It flew down the runway in front of the ramp where we were standing, with all four engines roaring, the ground was trembling. when he got opposite us, he closed the throttles to full idle, and pulled it straight up, huge wingtip vortices spiraling off the wings, and a loud whooshing sound, banked left and brought it around for downwind, dropped the gear and flaps, turned close in, and landed it on runway 27 without using any more power, I'll never forget it.
I've staged through Goose a good few times in the last 30 years. Only seemed to be when it was snowing though!
That's the case about 8 months of the year Nick.
I thought this was pretty sad
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