Viewers can rotate the footage to get a full 360-degree view by using the buttons provided by YouTube, and those with virtual reality headsets can experience the video in an even more realistic way.
People recorded their own videos of Super Hornets as they navigated over and through the city of Brisbane.
The footage shows just how close the fighter jets came to some of the city’s tallest buildings, demonstrating the remarkable ability of these fighter pilots to navigate at high speed and with great precision.
This isn’t the first time that the planes have weaved their way through the city, with previous videos in recent years quickly going viral after their release.
Rehearsals for Riverfire
Riverfire is one of Australia’s most popular international arts festivals.
Held every September, the festival brings together some of the world’s top dancers, opera singers, artists, and other cultural trendsetters.
One of the most anticipated parts of the festival for visitors is its famous fireworks display, which this year was accompanied by a flyover organized by the RAAF.
In an official statement from the Queensland government, the event was described as a “showcase of Queensland artists and arts organisations, great performances, bold new works and a blaze of fireworks, celebrating our great Queensland lifestyle.”
“Brisbane Festival also provides important employment for artists and arts workers, with more than 1,100 Queensland artists featured in this year’s festival, including more than 160 First Nations artists,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in the press release, adding that this year’s festival had more than 580 performances, 230 free presentations, and 22 new works.
F/A-18F Super Hornet
The original Top Gun film, produced in the 1980s, featured the plane’s predecessor, the F-14 Tomcat.
The Super Hornet is technically slower than the original F-14, capable of reaching Mach-1.8, while the F-14 could reach a top speed of Mach-2.34.
However, the newer model is more agile and modernized.
A twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft, the Super Hornet was introduced in 1999 and is used by the RAAF, the Kuwait Air Force, and the U.S. Navy.
“Ever wanted to find out what it’s like flying a F/A-18F Super Hornet?” the RAAF writes on YouTube.
“Experience our flying display rehearsals for Riverfire over the weekend in this 360-degree video.”
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