View Full Version : Spit low pass video

10-22-2005, 03:33 AM
You'll like this, not a lot, but you'll like it.

10-22-2005, 06:26 AM
Nice. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-29-2005, 07:00 AM
They are a bit threatening that close up, but still beautiful (been almost that close myself!).

10-29-2005, 07:46 AM
seen that before, that is a cool video. It also shows the true sound of that machine. Its ashame the sounds in IL2 have not really captured the power of these engines.

10-30-2005, 05:42 PM
Talk about flying on the deck! I sure hope BoB has engine sounds like that. I don't know about the rest of you guys, but the sound of those engines always makes me smile. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

10-30-2005, 05:50 PM
Who said that Spitties aren't sexy? Look at the effect it had on that guy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

10-30-2005, 05:55 PM
It isn't as low as it looks. Apparantly its something to do with zoom lenses or something that has that effect. The spit is about 50 feet above him. Which is probably as well as i think if that was a normal lens and the spit was that low, the presentor would of had a VERY close encounter with a prop blade, maybe even worse. I think the pilot was either Ray Hanna or Steve Grey

EDIT: I think it maybe alot lower than 50 feet- you can see the ground effect on the grass, and that happens when the aircraft is about its wingspan's length off of the gorund. So what? 35 feet up?

10-30-2005, 08:46 PM
Originally posted by Arm_slinger:
EDIT: I think it maybe alot lower than 50 feet- you can see the ground effect on the grass, and that happens when the aircraft is about its wingspan's length off of the gorund. So what? 35 feet up?

I agree, it looks like he was very close to the ground. Its probably just an illusion, but it looks almost like he pulled up just before passing over the camera,etc. However low he was he was very close to the ground.

Note* Check out the Spit's shadow.

10-31-2005, 08:43 AM
Oh he deffinately pulled up, you can see he has the prop just above the ground.

I bet the camera man clenched a fair bit http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Brilliant experience i bet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-01-2005, 09:12 AM
seen that vid before, i do anything to take that man's place even to be deaf for a few days form the engine. I'm guessing you guys are also right about it being a trick, at points of the clip it looks almost computerised but you wouldn't dare fly that beast that low to the ground incase you hit and air pocket and go pilling in, just think of the the plane http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

11-01-2005, 12:36 PM
That is a 100% genuine footage. One of the two pilots i mentioned is know for low level stuff like this

11-01-2005, 01:08 PM
A short video that has been in my collection for some years now. It still scares me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-02-2005, 03:13 PM
Isnt it Ray Hannah flying that spit, he also flew one of his Spits under a bridge once http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

The guy founded the red arrows http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

11-02-2005, 05:06 PM

It IS as low as it looks - I'd say about 10'.

Otherwise it has a wingspan of about 200 feet or more (getting up there with the A380).


edit: fixing tags

11-02-2005, 07:49 PM
50 feet when the spit is right behind. and above the presenter, not way behind him, as it is highly obvious that it isn't 50 feet up http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I have spoke to the cameraman about this over at the flypast forum (some of you may know them) and he said that the lenses he was using make the aircraft looker low than it actually is when close up. 50 feet was the estimate he gave.

11-02-2005, 09:38 PM
Perhaps the cameraman meant it was 50 ft away when he pulled up. I cant think of a way a lens could make something look lower although it can easily make things look farther or closer.

You can see the grass move just after he starts the pull up; no way it would do that from 50ft.

11-03-2005, 03:36 AM
Camera lens can also cause the optical illusion of fore-shortening, in which objects look closer (distance wise, not height wise), than they actually are.

I believe the presenter is Alain De-Cadenet, and it was possibly filmed at Goodwood airfield in Chichester? If so, Ray Hannah has also done a remarkable low pass down the pit straight of the racing circuit on one of the Goodwood videos, as well as fantastic display flying, also in a Spitfire.

The man is a truly gifted pilot, possibly moving to New Zealand soon to retire. I wish him well, but will he please stop flying that wonderful aircraft sooooooooooooo low? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

11-03-2005, 12:53 PM
I was to the right on the flight line during this shoot. The guy in the film, Alain DeCadanais (butchered the spelling, he hosted Speed's Victory By Design and is a Spitfire owner) and two film guys with a tripod were at the east end of Duxford shooting several passes of the Spitfire which me and my buddies were happily watching. On the last pass the Spit was extra low, dropping partly below ground level from our view, and as it passed the camera one of my friends blurted out "Did he hit'em?!?" as even the film guys ducked. Yeah, it was close.

11-03-2005, 01:11 PM
Yes an old film clip,

The commentator is an old hand at these things, and VERY "Spit wise".
It would take a lot for him to use expeletives for the sake of it.
Getting BUZZED like that would be an experience of a lifetime, especially as done in the film, from behind.

PS: Someone willl soon be here telling ya only the P51 can fly that lowwwwwww. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

11-03-2005, 05:18 PM
Yes thats defo Ray Hannah, quite knowen for his low level spitfire flights http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

11-04-2005, 10:45 AM
I thought he would be Ray, he does some rather thrilling (and some times scary)displays in the spit (im assuming it's MH434, his fav). At the legends airshow just gone he was doing his low level stuff, and mock strafe attacks. A few times he was hidden from sight by a B17 that was no more than 60 feet awaqy in front of me.

Brilliant stuff http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

11-04-2005, 07:11 PM
Look at the pictures. A Spit's wingspan is 36 ft, give or take an inch. Look at the span, then look at the distance to the ground. How many wingspans can you fit in that gap..not even one wing, never mind both. It looks like he was no more than 10ft off the deck on his approach. The shadows and grass movement seem consistent with that.

It's a great clip. One of my favorites.

VFA-195 Snacky
11-05-2005, 04:30 PM
I've never seen a group of dudes in more dire need of a woman in my life. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

11-06-2005, 06:52 AM
Er, what is a woman? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif