Big buzz as military aircraft swoops low
THERE was a good story behind a large military transport aircraft flying low over the Coffs Coast this week – and it wasn’t just another training flight.
According to readers, thE RAAF C-17 Globemaster did the low pass as part of a final flight for one man on board before he retires to Corindi.
“One of the crew’s last flight and retiring in Corindi. Was a big deal this time,
Was at Corindi and could almost see the colour of the pilot’s eyes. — Marcus Lewis
they do the training all the time but this one was special,” Therese Lewis said.
Photographer Jessica Royal posted on the Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches What’s Happening Facebook page two images of a plane flying low to the ground above Woolgoolga, saying, “I guess a few people would have heard this go over?”
The flight path of the plane had people questioning what was going on, whether it was an Australian plane and not World War Three about to break out. Here’s what the readers had to say:
Greenville Duce: Looked very impressive from here, 650’ above sea level at West Sapphire. Imagine it was at 400’ over Sapphire heading towards the airport at speed. Guess it then went on its merry way.
Shantell Acebedo: Scared the crap out of me!
Elyse Graham: We were looking out the window already and didn’t know what the noise was at first.
Crystal Chuhaj: I was sitting outside with my sister having lunch at the surf club in Coffs Harbour, then next minute this thing was over our heads almost in arm’s reach, looked like it was going to take out the side of the surf club as it zoomed over us.
Shelly Pelgrave: Flew so low right above us on Moonee Headland. Saw it before we heard it.
Heidi Stewart: We were at lunch today and thought it was about to crash, was so low!
Kloe Sheather: Was out the back playing with my dog and next minute all I see is this plane. I thought it was going to crash, scared the crap out of me.
Marcus Lewis: Was at Corindi and could almost see the colour of the pilot’s eyes.
Garry Kennedy: What most people don’t realise is that this was an extremely rare event. The Air Force normally never works on a Monday, Wednesday afternoon and Friday.
SOCIAL MEDIA HIT: “That moment when a C-17 Globemaster does a seriously low flyover right in front of your house.” PHOTO: JESSICA ROYAL