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These High-Speed Low-Level Clips Will Make You Feel Like You’ve Got the Stick

Star Wars Canyon is the Place to Be for High-Speed Low-Altitude Jet-Powered Awesomeness

Official US Navy photograph

This series of three video clips (plus bonus!), shot during late January of 2016 at Rainbow Canyon (AKA the Jedi Transition or Star Wars Canyon) captures the sheer speed and thunderous sound of high-speed low-level tactical jets in eye-watering HD video. The video was shot from a place adjacent to the valley called Father Crowley Point. The videos were uploaded to YouTube by ManteganiPhotos. Watch out for the BONUS video clip too!

Part 1

Part 1 features a VX-9 Vampires F/A-18C Hornet, a VX-9 Vampires EA-18G Growler, a 412th Test Wing F-16D Viper, a VFA-122 Flying Eagles F/A-18E Super Hornet, a VFA-122 Flying Eagles F/A-18F Super Hornet, a VFA-2 Bounty Hunters F/A-18F Super Hornet, a VX-9 Vampires F/A-18F Super Hornet, a 175th FS Lobos South Dakota ANG F-16 Viper, and a VFA-122 Flying Eagles F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Part 2

Part 2 features a VX-9 Vampires F/A-18E Super Hornet, a VFA-147 Argonauts F/A-18E Super Hornet, and a Flyvevåbnet (Royal Danish Air Force) Joint Strike Fighter Test Support F-16BM Viper.

Part 3

Part 3 features a VX-9 Vampires F/A-18F Super Hornet, a VX-9 Vampires CAG F/A-18E Super Hornet, a VFA-122 Flying Eagles Desert Adversary F/A-18F Super Hornet, a VFA-15 Valions F/A-18C Hornet, a VFA-2 Bounty Hunters CAG F/A-18F Super Hornet, and a VFA-146 Blue Diamonds CAG F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Official US Navy photograph


This clip was shot from inside a VFA-97 Warhawks F/A-18E Super Hornet as it transits to and flies through the Sidewinder low-level training route including Star Wars Canyon. It was uploaded to YouTube by Doug Peterson. Hope you have your speed jeans on!

Official US Air Force photograph

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Bill Walton

Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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