Top Gun goes SOFT! Pilot is spotted ‘hanging loose’ in an F15 Eagle as the super speed jet appears to go fluffy zooming through the skies on a training exercise
A fighter jet pilot has been spotted ‘hanging loose’ during some spectacular training exercises in Wales which were captured by an amateur photographer.
The F-15 Eagle was spotted by Thomas Pinder, 34, from Skipton, North Yorkshire while he was visiting Mach Loop in Wales, where he regularly goes to witness the amazing aerial displays.
The Mach Loop is a series of valleys often used as low-level training areas for fast jet aircraft and propeller-driven aircraft.
The pilots are locked in to training but are often aware of the many spectators and never shy away from a bit of showmanship, as can been seen in these stunning photographs where one of the pilots in the rear seat of the aircraft was spotted doing the ‘hang loose’ 징후.
The pilot in the back seat of this F-15 Eagle makes a ‘hang loose’ sign in a nod to the many passionate aircraft fans who travel to Wales to see these planes up close
Two pilots are needed to fly the F-15 Eagle, and the pilot in the back seat can be seen taking a moment to acknowledge the many aircraft enthusiasts watching from below.
The sign, traditionally a friendly greeting associated with surfers and Hawaii, is made by making a fist with your hand, but extending the thumb and fifth finger.
The pilot seems to be enjoying the display as much as those on the ground watching it.
The F15 Eagle is an American all-weather multirole strike fighter – the unique ‘cloud’ created by the aircraft can be seen beginning to appear across the wings in this image
The F15 Eagle was on a training exercise – and appears to be struggling to shake off a fluffy cloud – but the unusual image is caused by warm air entering a low-pressure area
Mr Pinder spotted the F-15 Eagle on a training exercise. The plane appeared to be struggling to exit a fluffly cloud, but this is actually a unique effect created by the jet.
The unusual image is caused by warm air entering a low-pressure area, as the jet zooms through the sky, this produces condensation which kicks up the cloud-ball effect.
This makes the plane itself look fluffy, as if half concealed by cloud.
Mr Pinder explained: ‘Being a keen amateur photographer I was looking forward to taking some photos during my trip and was lucky enough to capture the USAF F-15s.
‘This set of photos shows the incredible moment the jets create a vapour cloud as they pull fast turns just meters in front of me.
Mr Pinder, who captured the photographs, is an amateur photographer who learned how to capture fast-moving planes after practicing on birds of prey
‘The speed, as well as the noise of the aircraft and skill of the pilots is incredible to witness up close in such a stunning location.
‘Dramatic valleys and mountains make the perfect terrain for pilots to practice low flying.’
그는 덧붙였다: ‘I am traditionally a landscape photographer and also have recently become interested in wildlife especially birds of prey which helped to teach me some of the tricks used to capture the jets.
‘A fast shutter speed with a fairly low aperture was a good combination for the jets to capture the moment the cloud exploded from the wingtips and engulfed the aircraft.
‘I was hoping to see the USAF F-15 jets from RAF Lakenheath pass through as I had missed them on the last trip.
‘This time I was not only fortunate enough to see them but was treated to some spectacular low passes throughout the day.’