Big buzz as mil­i­tary air­craft swoops low

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - Rachel Ver­coe rachel.ver­coe@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­

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

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