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(LiveLeak)   The coolest cockpit footage of an F-18 going through the canyons of Northern California and Oregon that you'll see today. Awesomeness to the left, Dramamine to the right   (liveleak.com) divider line 67
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2012-08-31 10:39:52 PM  
That was pretty interesting, especially when he was following the river course. Why so many times did he fly inverted as opposed to just pushing down on the nose?

Anyway, amazing what those guys can do.

Go Air Force!
 
2012-08-31 10:56:03 PM  
F-18 is Navy or Marine Corps. The vid was way awesome, though.
 
2012-08-31 11:04:53 PM  

RoyBatty: Why so many times did he fly inverted as opposed to just pushing down on the nose?


Negative G is bad, basically - especially that close to the ground. Roll past 90 degrees and you can pull positive G and get the aircraft headed back down toward the terrain. I didn't see him make any noticeable nose-down input in the entire video.

/very cool
 
2012-08-31 11:07:17 PM  
Well, listen, I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they're not much bigger than two meters, this shouldn't be so hard.
 
2012-09-01 12:12:55 AM  
CSB, unkka vudu time:
I was stationed in the desert at an air base in the mountains and one day, on patrol, sitting in a pickup, I was leaning my head out of the window looking at the sky of a beautiful New Mexican sky, and then, this Blue Angel flew right over my farking head. He waved at me, upside down. And was gone.
biatch about inverted flight here.
and I found out later it was my first cousin, farking with me.
The Bastard,
End CSB, unkka vudu style.
 
2012-09-01 12:42:08 AM  
That is some fine St. Louis hardware right there.
 
2012-09-01 12:51:56 AM  
Oh, you did not just shoot that green shiat at me!
 
2012-09-01 12:53:36 AM  
♫ Highway to the bigfoot zone... ♫
 
2012-09-01 01:24:07 AM  
That looks like a blast. I bet after intense flying like that, those pilots are worn the fark out.
 
2012-09-01 01:26:28 AM  
It is amazing how precise of a machine that plane is.
 
2012-09-01 01:29:31 AM  
Just like Beggar's Canyon back home.
 
2012-09-01 01:54:26 AM  
Really? I'm actually the first one to think of this?!

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WELCOME TO EARF.
 
2012-09-01 01:57:33 AM  
Waste of farking gas and disturbing the forest critters.

One of the reasons we have Afghanistan is so they can do that shiat over there
 
2012-09-01 01:57:34 AM  

BronyMedic: Really? I'm actually the first one to think of this?!.


I thought this:

Mentat: Oh, you did not just shoot that green shiat at me!


was referencing the same movie.
 
2012-09-01 02:13:50 AM  
Ooh, fun!

That would be VR1251, which starts (as does the video) near the estuary of the Mattole River, just SW of Petrolia, CA.

Here's a little tour:

At 1:07, you can actually see the ARSR-4 radome on top of Rainbow Ridge.
At 1:47, he overflies US-101 at the Stafford Rd exit, SE of Rio Dell, CA.
Passes by Black Butte at 2:12.
Right over Snow Camp lake at 2:47
That cool little knob peak seen at 3:05 is Potato Patch. This is where VR1250 crosses, inbound from his 7 to 8 o'clock, hence the over-the-shoulder check.
Flying along the Klamath River next.
Doesn't really pass into Oregon until the last few seconds of the video.
We seem him pass over I-5 at 5:44 at the Mt. Ashland exit.

That route eventually takes him almost all the way up to Crater Lake, then eastward, then southward over Goose Lake, then down to Pyramid Lake, NV, then around a pattern to the Bravo 20 bomb range in the Carson Sink at NAS Fallon.

That looks like an exhilarating, yet exhausting ride. He gets farking LOW and yanking/banking the whole ride. Wow.
 
2012-09-01 06:33:39 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: ♫ Highway to the bigfoot zone... ♫


Maybe it's the hour, but that made me giggle like a schoolgirl.
 
2012-09-01 07:39:49 AM  
Cool video, especially on fullscreen setting.

I wonder where he was supposed to be flying?
 
2012-09-01 07:46:31 AM  

mr_a: I wonder where he was supposed to be flying?


I'm no expert, but I would guess in the air.
 
2012-09-01 08:08:03 AM  

Charlie Freak: Ooh, fun!

That would be VR1251, which starts (as does the video) near the estuary of the Mattole River, just SW of Petrolia, CA.

Here's a little tour:

At 1:07, you can actually see the ARSR-4 radome on top of Rainbow Ridge.
At 1:47, he overflies US-101 at the Stafford Rd exit, SE of Rio Dell, CA.
Passes by Black Butte at 2:12.
Right over Snow Camp lake at 2:47
That cool little knob peak seen at 3:05 is Potato Patch. This is where VR1250 crosses, inbound from his 7 to 8 o'clock, hence the over-the-shoulder check.
Flying along the Klamath River next.
Doesn't really pass into Oregon until the last few seconds of the video.
We seem him pass over I-5 at 5:44 at the Mt. Ashland exit.

.


Thanks-it was cool to actually see the route.
 
2012-09-01 08:21:29 AM  

acanuck: Waste of farking gas and disturbing the forest critters.

One of the reasons we have Afghanistan is so they can do that shiat over there


Considering your a pilot (checked your profile) I frown on your unsuccessfuly troll-i-ness.

But I'll bite. Consider that CAS (Close Air Support) is a primary mission for a pilot these days in the 'stan, low level flying is a critical skill important skill to have and requires some pretty inensive training, sooooo I guess our pilots should fly high and in straight lines so we don't offend your environmental sensibiliies...



Awesome video, great find, subby!
 
2012-09-01 08:25:25 AM  
I'd pay some good money for that ride..
 
2012-09-01 08:50:06 AM  
This video explains the low-flying jets.
 
2012-09-01 08:54:07 AM  
And suddenly they fly through some gondola lift cables, killing everyone aboard and crashing. And then hiding the blackbox. And then claiming the black box was broken and no data can be retrieved.

Gotta admire those illegal (at least here) too low flying airforce jerkoffs
 
2012-09-01 09:07:57 AM  
See, I think that's why I could never be an Air Force pilot...my balls clinched up more than once, especially when he was following the river.

That was really cool.
 
2012-09-01 09:15:17 AM  

RoyBatty: That was pretty interesting, especially when he was following the river course. Why so many times did he fly inverted as opposed to just pushing down on the nose?

Anyway, amazing what those guys can do.

Go Air Force!


That's what my daughter asked, why he kept going sideways. I told her that sometimes they do it to turn, sometimes they do it because they want to.\

Video was really cool, going to look for some videos from inside the Angels cockpit
 
2012-09-01 09:19:39 AM  

styckx: I'd pay some good money for that ride..


You can do it in a MigLink
 
2012-09-01 09:23:03 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: styckx: I'd pay some good money for that ride..

You can do it in a MigLink


And it's in Russia.. Nope, nodda, no farking way would I ever board any kind of plane in Russia..
 
2012-09-01 10:27:07 AM  
Hmm - at a couple points the shadow on the ground like more like an F-16 to me. A couple of times it clearly appeared to have a large scoop under the nose of the plane, which would make it an F-16. Did not see any point where I saw a sign of twin tail fins.
Don't know enough about cockpit layouts to be able to tell from that.
 
2012-09-01 10:42:31 AM  

Slives: Hmm - at a couple points the shadow on the ground like more like an F-16 to me. A couple of times it clearly appeared to have a large scoop under the nose of the plane, which would make it an F-16. Did not see any point where I saw a sign of twin tail fins.
Don't know enough about cockpit layouts to be able to tell from that.


I thought so too but later in the vid one of the shadows looks like it had the double tail things.

Looked like he should also tighten his harness. He had like 12 inches of travel in the seat when he was snapping the airframe around.
 
2012-09-01 11:04:10 AM  

Slives: Hmm - at a couple points the shadow on the ground like more like an F-16 to me. A couple of times it clearly appeared to have a large scoop under the nose of the plane, which would make it an F-16. Did not see any point where I saw a sign of twin tail fins.
Don't know enough about cockpit layouts to be able to tell from that.


It's an -18. There are a lot of giveaways that it's not an F-16, mostly that they look entirely different, hah, but the biggest on is that the -18 has a 2-piece cockpit that connects about where the instrument panel glare shield is (in the F-16 the divider is in the back), and it has rear view mirrors. Also, it's on a military training route (MTR) that is used mostly by USN/USMC aircraft doing low-level runs to NAS Fallon.
 
2012-09-01 11:05:46 AM  
Doh! Also has a centered control stick, whereas the F-16 has a side stick that looks a lot different.
 
2012-09-01 11:09:00 AM  
fake
 
2012-09-01 11:09:20 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: RoyBatty: That was pretty interesting, especially when he was following the river course. Why so many times did he fly inverted as opposed to just pushing down on the nose?

Anyway, amazing what those guys can do.

Go Air Force!

That's what my daughter asked, why he kept going sideways. I told her that sometimes they do it to turn, sometimes they do it because they want to.\

Video was really cool, going to look for some videos from inside the Angels cockpit


Pushing the nose down after a climb also induces negative G's or causes "red out" in extreme cases. This is what the "Vomit Comet" does when flying parabolas to induce short term periods of weightlessness. It's also called a "negative G pushover".

Yes, that maneuver was metioned in "Top Gun."
 
2012-09-01 11:22:26 AM  

Frothy Panties: Unoriginal_Username: RoyBatty: That was pretty interesting, especially when he was following the river course. Why so many times did he fly inverted as opposed to just pushing down on the nose?

Anyway, amazing what those guys can do.

Go Air Force!

That's what my daughter asked, why he kept going sideways. I told her that sometimes they do it to turn, sometimes they do it because they want to.\

Video was really cool, going to look for some videos from inside the Angels cockpit

Pushing the nose down after a climb also induces negative G's or causes "red out" in extreme cases. This is what the "Vomit Comet" does when flying parabolas to induce short term periods of weightlessness. It's also called a "negative G pushover".

Yes, that maneuver was metioned in "Top Gun."


You actually see him bunt the nose down for a little less-than-1-G at 1:33, and that's about it.

What surprises me most about this video that there aren't any videos or pictures of them flying down the Klamath taken by onlookers. This could be the US version of the UK's Machynlleth Loop for photographers and enthusiasts. Probably not as regularly used, though.
 
2012-09-01 11:51:02 AM  

Frothy Panties:

Considering your an pilot (checked your profile)


/pet peeve
 
2012-09-01 11:53:54 AM  

lucksi: And suddenly they fly through some gondola lift cables, killing everyone aboard and crashing. And then hiding the blackbox. And then claiming the black box was broken and no data can be retrieved.

Gotta admire those illegal (at least here) too low flying airforce jerkoffs


This.

Flying like that in Class G airspace outside a military training zone is stupid.

I hope a TFR was in force.
 
2012-09-01 11:58:28 AM  

lohphat: lucksi: And suddenly they fly through some gondola lift cables, killing everyone aboard and crashing. And then hiding the blackbox. And then claiming the black box was broken and no data can be retrieved.

Gotta admire those illegal (at least here) too low flying airforce jerkoffs

This.

Flying like that in Class G airspace outside a military training zone is stupid.

I hope a TFR was in force.


Nope, it's an MTR - VR1251. See-and-avoid all the way!
 
2012-09-01 01:45:58 PM  
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Unimpressed
 
2012-09-01 02:18:38 PM  

Rincewind53: Well, listen, I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they're not much bigger than two meters, this shouldn't be so hard.


Video makes me conclude Luke was full of shiat, or already using the Force without realizing it.
 
2012-09-01 02:27:54 PM  
Noticed the rear and side mirrors. Kind of kills the "pilot twisting frantically in his seat to find his enemy" trope.
 
2012-09-01 02:32:26 PM  

Ford Perfect: Noticed the rear and side mirrors. Kind of kills the "pilot twisting frantically in his seat to find his enemy" trope.


Well, not every plane has them, and they are really only good for seeing things right around 6 o'clock. Lots of sky out there.
 
2012-09-01 03:05:28 PM  
real pet peeve; considering you are (not your) a pilot not an pilot
 
2012-09-01 03:17:31 PM  
We're officially at the point where the chair force justifies its continued existence with cool internet videos.
 
2012-09-01 04:04:28 PM  

vudukungfu: CSB, unkka vudu time:
I was stationed in the desert at an air base in the mountains and one day, on patrol, sitting in a pickup, I was leaning my head out of the window looking at the sky of a beautiful New Mexican sky, and then, this Blue Angel flew right over my farking head. He waved at me, upside down. And was gone.
biatch about inverted flight here.
and I found out later it was my first cousin, farking with me.
The Bastard,
End CSB, unkka vudu style.


My story's not quite as impressive, but I was once hiking high in the Bridger Range in southcentral Montana and saw the entire Thunderbirds demonstration team fly by at about eye level...all flying in a staggered line, leaving matching contrails as they went. Random and fun.
 
2012-09-01 05:09:04 PM  

lohphat: Frothy Panties:

Considering your an pilot (checked your profile)

/pet peeve


Next time you're tempted to proudly proclaim yourself a "Grammar Nazi" after smacking down someone's bad grammar in conversation, please consider asking yourself, "Would I rather win at grammar or life?"

When you choose the latter and act accordingly, everyone wins!


/Read that somewhere, seems apt in your case.
 
2012-09-01 05:24:18 PM  

Slives: Hmm - at a couple points the shadow on the ground like more like an F-16 to me. A couple of times it clearly appeared to have a large scoop under the nose of the plane, which would make it an F-16. Did not see any point where I saw a sign of twin tail fins.
Don't know enough about cockpit layouts to be able to tell from that.


It's an -18. I used to write display code for them (a lot of my handiwork is actually visible in this video), and I still have a big-ass poster of the cockpit hanging right by my computer, so I'm pretty familiar with the layout.
 
2012-09-01 05:40:53 PM  
Several nuts were busted in this thread.
 
2012-09-01 05:44:11 PM  

basemetal: That looks like a blast. I bet after intense flying like that, those pilots are worn the fark out.



i was hoping i'd see a co pilot blowing his groceries all over the canopy. that would have made it more exciting.
 
2012-09-01 05:44:50 PM  
ANG out of TYS Knoxville has a training route through the valley where my family all lives. 134 ARW runs KC 135s through the valley, at night, blacked out at about the level where you can see into the cockpit from our property. Scared the crap outta me the first time I saw one go by.
 
2012-09-01 05:45:12 PM  

MilesTeg: [content.internetvideoarchive.com image 320x240]

Unimpressed



Clint Eastwood is too busy talking to furniture to do any real flying these days.
 
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