Monthly Archives: November 2013

Low Flying

Low flying was something I loved to do. I was fortunate to fly as an instructor with the German and Dutch Air Forces at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas because we flew a German syllabus that included a lot of “low flying,” low being defined as a thousand feet. Then I went to Great Britain as a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) in the RAF where we flew many low level sorties at two hundred fifty feet. Much more fun.

Here are a few videos I selected to give the uninitiated some idea of what low flying entailed and to give the old-timers out there a rush.

This video is for the serious student of low flying, a forty-six minute television program of RAF pilots transitioning into the Tornado at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland…great low level!

This video incorporates flying the Jet Provost, the aircraft I flew whilst with the Royal Air Force with a nice tour of rural Wales…flown a tad high for my liking…


Also in the Jet Provost…a bit of a bomber pattern…good radio chat. One of my toughest problems to overcome in Britain was understanding the radios.

Great scenes of NATO jets down in the dirt in Wales!

Here’s a three ship of Mirage 2000s flitting along the beaches and over water…really low!

Not to ignore the Navy…here’s an F-18 ripping down the Russian River.

You can low fly almost anywhere…here’s a Puma in Chad for you rotorheads…

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 four ship low level compilation…

This looks like a great way to spend an afternoon. Pretty cool!


Let’s not forget the big guys…gotta be tough to fly the heavies! Here’s a C-130 low flying in Japan…

Civilians like it low as well…good Jimmy Buffett cover

Here are several insane low flights—especially the one across the water—done in an Antonov-2 Colt, the world’s largest biplane. This is a shameless plug for my soon-to-be-published novel, which features a Colt.

And, of course, our fathers and grandfathers loved a bit of low flying as well

Extraordinary Aviation Footage

Here are a couple flying stories I stumbled across. Amazing. The first is from World War II. I had no idea that Americans in the Air Corps flew Spitfires. Certainly none of my RAF squadron mates ever disclosed that!

This one also escaped my USAFA military history class. Strange in that during our doolie summer history indoctrination classes, we were shown lots of footage of Israeli Air Force victories in the 1967 war.