Video: F-16 Makes Extremely Low Pass Over Airshow

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

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

    • tmb2

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

      • Bernard

        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.

  • Greg

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

    • ghostwhowalksnz

      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

  • Biggles

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

  • 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.

  • FASnipeHT2

    That is exactly where I would stand. With earphones.

  • Mister Skipper

    “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.

  • Adi

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

    • hialpha

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

      Give this man a medal!

  • hibeam

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

  • 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.

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

    • The Turkish Air force

  • hialpha

    That was definitely NOT a 3 degree glideslope!

  • Ozgur

    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.

  • Wolf

    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

  • kevin

    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?

    • Mitch S.

      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).

  • anthony

    Any ear damage?!!!

  • Stan

    “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”

    “Lincoln is situated in a gap in the Lincoln Cliff 141 miles (227 kilometres) north of London”,_England

    • VictorCharly

      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.

  • tiger

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

    • Air Boss

      negative ghostrider the pattern is full..

  • mike

    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

  • Nick

    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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