“Lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut”

That’s the title of a fascinating collection of photographs of low-level flying collected by Vintage Wings of Canada. Here are a few examples to whet your appetite.

A USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt that flew too low on a strafing mission in Italy in 1944.
Amazingly, the pilot was able to fly 150 miles back to base with the propeller in that condition!

A restored B-17 Flying Fortress making a very low pass in England some years ago

An Air Zimbabwe Boeing 707 making an ultra-low flypast in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1995.
According to the pilot, at one point his radar altimeter registered an altitude of only 6 feet!

There are many more images at the link. Great viewing for aviation enthusiasts.


1 comment

  1. That reminds me of my mother telling me that when in ww2 she was working on a farm in the midlands with lots of airfields neraby they would often end up face down in the field as a fighter came back flying at hedge height.

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