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25th Sep 2021

Cargo jet weaves through skyscrapers in Brisbane in tense moment

Kieran Galpin


The jet manoeuvres are cool as hell but also very tense

Footage of a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 cargo jet ducking and weaving through skyscrapers in Brisbane has left onlookers and social media addicts bewildered.

The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft, yes, we know it’s a long name, was filmed at low altitude during a practice run on Thursday.

The plane was rehearsing for the annual Sunsuper Riverfire event held in the capital on Saturday night.

Brisbane locals were warned about the flight, but that didn’t stop the terror as people watched from below. One onlooker went as far as to say that it reminded him of 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.”

Though it appears as if the jet is dodging skyscrapers, it is following the river that runs through Brisbane.

“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 said.

“If the crew’s timing is off or if they are slow to react, the jet would collide with a building. Very risky,” a piolet told Task and Purpose.

He explained that in the US planes are prohibited from flying beneath the skyline even with special approval for air shows.

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