Heartstopping moment an RAAF C-17 cargo jet weaves through skyscrapers in Brisbane’s CBD – sparking some VERY colourful reactions from startled viewers
- RAAF cargo jet filmed weaving through Brisbane CBD’s skyline on Thursday
- Rehearsing for the Sunsuper Riverfire event as part of 2021 Brisbane Festival
- Jet seen following the curves of the Brisbane River through the CBD at 300ft
- Viewers have expressed their thoughts on the ‘terrifying’ sight in ‘colorful’ ways
Footage of an Royal Australian Air Force C-17 cargo jet weaving between skyscrapers in the Brisbane CBD has left viewers startled.
The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft was filmed on Thursday during a practice run as the jet flew through Brisbane at low altitude.
The plane was rehearsing for the annual Sunsuper Riverfire event, which was held in the Queendland capital on Saturday night.
A RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft was filmed flying through Brisbane’s CBD skyline on Thursday (pictured)
NBC senior executive Mike Sington posted a video to Twitter (pictured), using colourful language to express his disbelief at what he was seeing
Viewers commented on the awe of the spectacle of the jet flying at such a low altitude
Brisbane locals remarked on social media that the event occurs every year and the practice flights are just part of the event
The 6.45pm event marked the end of the three-week 2021 Brisbane Festival.
Brisbane residents were warned about the rehearsal flights in advance but others were still startled by the sight, with one US viewer on Twitter saying it gave him flashbacks to the 9/11 terror attacks.
‘No, no, no, just no,’ NBC senior executive Mike Sington wrote on Twitter alongside a video of the jet.
‘A Royal Australian Air Force jet weaves through the skyscrapers of downtown Brisbane, on purpose. It was a rehearsal for an air show, causing immediate flashbacks to 9/11.’
The jet was doing a practice run for the Sunsuper Riverfire event, which marks the end of the 2021 Brisbane Festival
Pictured: The cargo jet weaves between skyscrapers at a low height. Viewers were startled at the footage, with US commenters online saying they had flashbacks to 9/11
Brisbane residents were warned about the practice flight but others watching online were shocked
He explained approvals can be sought out for special flyover events, but the jets are not allowed to fly below the tops of buildings
Brisbane locals pointed out the stunt is not nearly as dangerous as it appear, with the plane actually flying above the Brisbane river that runs through the city, not through skyscrapers as it appears in the video.
‘It’s not immediately discernible in the angle in this video, but that plane is flying above a river that runs through the city. Not weaving in between buildings. Also it was widely publicized before it occurred so people weren’t caught off guard,’ Australian reporter Chad Ryan explained.
Other viewers from the US questioned the safety of the Brisbane event, describing it as ‘terrifying.’
A pilot of a C-17 jet in the US Air Force who wished to remain anonymous told Task & Purpose the stunt would never be allowed to be performed in the States, calling the videos ‘insane.’
‘If the crew’s timing is off or if they are slow to react, the jet would collide with a building. Very risky,’ the pilot said.
An anonymous US Air Force pilot stated the flights of the jets was ‘insane’ and would never be allowed to be performed in the US
He explained that special approvals can be sought out for flyover events, but the jet is not allowed to fly below the tops of buildings in the US.
The RAAF released a statement informing locals of the rehearsal flight, explaining the flight paths of the jet.
‘Safety, noise management and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of Defence flying activities, and participating squadrons will operate with a view to minimising the impact on local communities,’ the statement read.
‘The health and safety of all personnel participating in this event is paramount. All Australian Defence Force personnel are required to adhere to state and territory government travel restrictions and health advice. There are a range of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures in place for this exercise.’