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Huge Cargo Plane Weaves In And Out Of Skyscrapers For Brisbane Festival

Huge Cargo Plane Weaves In And Out Of Skyscrapers For Brisbane Festival

People in Brisbane were wowed as an Australian Air Force cargo plane weaved its way in and out of the city's skyscrapers, providing quite the spectacle for those on the ground or watching on from their balconies.

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The high-flying stunt was part of the Australian city's annual Brisbane Festival, which ran for three weeks between 5 and 28 September.

The military flyover drew things to a close for community event Sunsuper Riverfire, which wrapped up the arts festival in the Queensland capital.

Credit: BAV
Credit: BAV

The vessel was a huge C-17A Globemaster cargo plane, which could be seen flying extremely close to several skyscrapers, in turn proving the bulky jet was much more agile than it looked.

People had been assured the pilots had practised the routes multiple times - both in a simulator and in the plane itself.

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Credit: RAAF
Credit: RAAF

An RAAF statement released before the event said: "Each flying display is planned and flown beforehand, and the pilots train to a high skill level to perform such manoeuvres.

"The aircraft will be at least 100 metres clear of terrain or any buildings during the display. The flying display will provide the public a great opportunity to take photos of the aircraft."

Group Captain Robert Graham also promised a 'spectacular demonstration' of the pilots' expertise.

Credit: BAV
Credit: BAV

A few days before the big day, the RAAF released an incredible 360-degree video of pilots rehearsing the stunt in the plane, which had been filmed from the cockpit.

In the video, the RAAF pilots can be seen cruising over Brisbane - the plane's warning system telling them repeatedly 'obstacle ahead'.

The rehearsal flight. Credit: RAAF
The rehearsal flight. Credit: RAAF

The massive cargo plane wasn't the only vessel showing off that day either, as proceedings also included a demonstration from a low-flying F/A-18F Super Hornet.

According to its website, the Brisbane Festival attracts an audience of around one million people every year.

It's been an annual fixture since 2009, returning each September with a 'thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events'.

That includes Sunsuper Riverfire, which has been 'safely taking place' across Brisbane's skies for 21 years.

The website says: "This major civic occasion brings together over half a million people from all over South-East Queensland to celebrate our city.

"It's a great unifier, which is even more important in times of adversity."

Featured Image Credit: RAAF

Topics: World News, News, Australia

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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