Here’s a British Airways Airbus A380 attempting to land at the Vancouver airport. You can see the world’s largest passenger airplane make its final approach and come so, so close to the ground—but then decide to abort and make a go-around instead. It’s crazy impressive to see such a big plane make a maneuver like this.
Our home planet and its moon are but specks against the vast blackness of space in this image from the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2. The robotic explorer is currently flying past the Earth to redirect its trajectory into the main asteroid belt.
Here’s a role reversal of sorts: an Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane does a low pass right over some SU-25 fighter jets on a Ukrainian air field. Seeing the big boy plane delicately flying close to the ground over the nimble little planes makes for a pretty hilarious visual.
This Kenyan Air Force Northrop F-5 Tiger II does an extremely low, high speed pass effectively removing any excess branches from the trees and putting on a good show in the process. It has yet to be confirmed if permission was granted to buzz the tower.
The Argentine Air Force is famous for its insanely low fighter jet flybys. It turns out that even regular Argentine pilots get in on the action, too.
Remember that insane low pass flyby for that B-52 Stratofortress next to the carrier USS Ranger. Gizmodo Reader and retired US Air Force master sergeant has sent us the look from the ship. It's pretty bloody stunning:
I thought this was the craziest low pass flyby ever, but obviously I was mistaken. After all, what you're seeing here is not a small fighter jet but a B-52 Stratofortress almost kissing the sea while flying by USS Ranger aircraft carrier.
Perhaps not wanting to be left out of the good times being displayed by their Argentinean counterparts, someone just uploaded a compilation video of US Air Force pilots purportedly in Afghanistan and Iraq trying some close shaves of their own. DUCK!