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Matt Halton11/02/2010 09:54:06
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Here's a great one- Ray Hanna (sadly now RIP) at work with the Reds, performing his speciality, low level beat ups-he is the same pilot flying the Spitfire IX, MH434, in the Alain De Cadenet video mentioned earlier.
I really miss his polished displays at Duxford etc.

Jonathan Lewzey11/02/2010 14:56:46
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i think this pic is brill. difficult to say how low, but definitely low enough

Pete B - Moderator11/02/2010 16:46:51
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I recall seeing Ray Hanna displaying the Spitfire at Biggin Hill many years ago - he had a habit of disappearing into the dip beyond the western end of the field - and everyone waited with bated breadth for him to reappear...........
Ross Clarkson11/02/2010 19:19:21
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Great thread.
Richard, i don't think the Herc actually counts as he had already landed, although granted, he is now very low!!!!
Phil Cooke11/02/2010 19:33:56
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How low was the Sukhoi??  Around 10 ft high to the fuselage centreline, but the top of the fin was only waist height!!  Top limbo flying!! 

Edited By Phil Cooke on 11/02/2010 19:40:36

Dusty11/02/2010 19:35:20
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Matt that picture rocks!
I had some photos of a DC-8 doing a beatup over a dirt strip in some dodgy place, anyway where the person was standing/lying down taking the photo, one was literaly blured silver (the aircrafts belly). Now I cant find them as per usual as they were in sequence of the DC8 decending...
Dusty11/02/2010 19:37:46
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I suppose we could also share photos of "How low have you flown your model plane"...
If everyones up for it maybe the mods can sort out a combined thread or something? Must be some good shots of peoples models flying LOW?
Brian Parker17/02/2010 20:00:34
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Just clearing Rosthwaite Fell from the Langstrath valley.
Dusty17/02/2010 20:04:11
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Great photo Brian!
andy watson18/02/2010 14:48:29
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Well, no photo on mine- but an added spice because I was in the plane in question.
In the mid 80's I was in the air cadets, and we were offered the chance to "fly in a hercules".  So off a dozen of us went, expecting the usual 2 hours of being sick whilst flying around for no good reason.  But this time was a bit different........
The plane was being run by "special forces".  More than that, I don't know, but after we had been up for 20 minutes we were told to strap ourselves in.  The back of the hercules opened, and soon we were doing very low passes over the runway.  Apparantly it was a training run before the plane and crew went out to Etheopia and made humanitarian food drops.
Erfolg18/02/2010 17:04:36
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Last summer the wife and half the world were on the ridge leading to Catbells, in Cumbria.
A Hawk literally appeared from nowhere, climbing up the hill side, rolling as it  climbed to the  inverted, passed overhead in an explosion of sound. For a split second the pilot was clearly visible, before you registered what you saw, it had gone. Now rolling upright as it disappeared towards Bassenthwaite, followed by the diminishing wall of sound.
All followed the jet with their eyes, until it  disappeared presumably over Sale Fell. All turned dumb founded looking at each other, not a word was said. Until a lone voice was heard, "did he do that on purpose?", "I bloody hope so came the reply".
David Ashby - Moderator18/02/2010 17:08:19
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The lowest low flyer I've seen was also in the lakes, a Tornado going up Langdale, I was watching from Bowfell and he banked to head up to Rossett Pike - I honestly thought he was going to trim the mountain. A USAF F-111 followed him a few mins later but much higher.  
Phil Claridge18/02/2010 17:22:59
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way back in the late 70's i went to a hares garage open day at goodwood airfield, they had a demonstration of the dunlop run flat tyre. i bagged a ride in a 3.5 rover running on four flat tyres. as we got going a pitts special was doing a display, we came round on to the straight and we were doing about seventy when this bright red pitts shot over us taking the roof arial off with his wheel. the pilot dropped the plane down to abou three foot off the ground ten feet in front of us there were four sets of brown trousers in the car which was being driven by one of goodwoods racing school drivers, he was shaking like a leaf when he got out and went to give the pilot a piece of his mind, but the plane did not land and flew off elsewhere
Brian Parker18/02/2010 17:23:37
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A few years ago the A10s used to fly particularly low over the fells (and even lower over the lakes themselves).
 I've even ducked when in a kayak.
iawnski18/02/2010 17:24:12
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lowest ive seen a USAF1.11 flying up from the alwen dam  years ago in north wales ,i was fly  fishing and up to my waist in water and he flew just to the side of me ,can still see the picture of a chieftain indian on the side awesome
Dusty15/03/2010 21:20:48
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My first pic was bumf... here is a better pic! Bring it on now
This is on the 06/24 run at Charles Prince Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe... pax were on board either en route to London Gatwick or on the return leg I believe! Smoking was probably still allowed on a.c then too lol... oh the days

Edited By Dusty on 15/03/2010 21:24:18

batcho9915/03/2010 21:42:13
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Check this out for low
Paddy Fidling15/03/2010 21:53:08
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What about this!?
Danny Fenton15/03/2010 22:42:09
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I think this was my all time favorote.........was surprised I didn't see it earlier on the list
Nobby15930/03/2010 21:52:26
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Have we forgot something


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