Archive for Military Aviation

Great footage taken at the Helicopter pilot school in France. The video is a bit old and shows training procedures with the Aerospatiale SA 318C Alouette II including takeoffs, landings, and no flare autorotations. The guys flying are military pilots from the french Army.

Helicopter pilot school

Mi-2 helicopter crash

The pilot of this Polish built Mil Mi-2 helicopter came in to land with a high rate of descent, stalling the helicopter close to the ground and as a result the helicopter bit the dust. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

Mi-2 helicopter crash

Space Jump

On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger jumped into the record books with his record breaking Excelsior jump, doing so from an air-thin height of 102,800 feet (31,334 meters). From that nearly 20 miles altitude, his tumble toward terra firma took some 4 minutes and 36 seconds. Exceeding the speed of sound during the fall, Kittinger used a small stabilizing chute before a larger, main parachute opened in the denser atmosphere. He safely touched down in barren New Mexico desert, 13 minutes 45 seconds after he vaulted into the void. Guess you can say this guy had balls of steel… or something because that is really one very impressive jump!

Space Jump

Blue Eagles Shoreham 1998

Blue Eagles display at Shoreham a decade ago. The Blue Eagles are one of few professional helicopter aerobatic teams in the world and they fly four Aerospatiale Gazelle helicopters as well as one Westland Lynx helicopter, famous for doing loops and rolls at the various air shows the team performs.

Blue Eagles Shoreham 1998

If you are passionate about low level passes here is a compilation of some low level action in various aircraft ranging from high speed military jets to big airliners to small piston aircraft. Enjoy the last part of the low pass compilation series!

Low pass compilation no.3

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If you are passionate about low level passes here is a compilation of some low level action in various aircraft ranging from high speed military jets to big airliners to small piston aircraft. Enjoy the second part of the low pass compilation series!

Low pass compilation no.2

Low pass compilation no.1

If you are passionate about low level passes here is a compilation of some low level action in various aircraft ranging from high speed military jets to big airliners to small piston aircraft. Enjoy this compilation series!

Low pass compilation no.1

The helicopter in question is an Aerospatiale SA330 Puma. The pilot in question is French and if you have visited this site before, you probably know by now that if the words insane, helicopter, Puma and French are thrown in together it can only mean one thing: somewhere in Chad this French pilot had a very good time while at the same time entertaining the guys on the ground. Lucky guys!!! For the rest of us couch potatoes, well… at least we have one very impressive video with this truly crazy low level pass.

Insane helicopter fly-by

Loops and rolls with the CH-53A

Old video presenting a test flight of the Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion, one of the biggest helicopters in the western world. Watch as this giant performs loops and rolls with relative ease, aerobatic maneuvers that very few helicopters in the world can perform.

Loops and rolls with the CH-53A

These are probably some of the best low passes ever. And, if it is about low level action, then it’s the French flying their Mirage F1s as crazy as humanly possible over the sands of Chad. Enjoy!

Coolest low level passes ever!