Heartbreaking moment as an RAAF C-17 cargo plane weaves through skyscrapers in Brisbane’s CBD

Heartbreaking moment as a RAAF C-17 cargo plane weaves through skyscrapers in Brisbane’s CBD – provoking VERY colorful responses from startled viewers

  • RAAF cargo plane filmed weaving through Brisbane CBD’s skyline on Thursday
  • Rehearsing for the Sunsuper Riverfire event as part of Brisbane Festival 2021
  • Jet seen following the bends of the Brisbane River through the CBD at 300ft
  • Viewers have expressed their thoughts about the ‘terrifying’ sight in ‘colorful’ ways


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Footage of a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 cargo jet weaving between skyscrapers in the Brisbane CBD has startled viewers.

The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft was filmed Thursday during a practice run as the jet flew through Brisbane at low altitude.

The plane was rehearsing for the annual Sunsuper Riverfire event, held in the Queendland capital on Saturday night.

An RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft was filmed Thursday as it flew through Brisbane's CBD skyline (pictured)

An RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft was filmed Thursday as it flew through Brisbane’s CBD skyline (pictured)

NBC CEO Mike Sington posted a video to Twitter (pictured), using colorful language to express his disbelief at what he was seeing

NBC CEO Mike Sington posted a video to Twitter (pictured), using colorful language to express his disbelief at what he was seeing

NBC CEO Mike Sington posted a video to Twitter (pictured), using colorful language to express his disbelief at what he was seeing

Viewers reacted to the awe at the sight of the jet flying at such a low altitude

Viewers reacted to the awe at the sight of the jet flying at such a low altitude

Viewers reacted in awe at the sight of the jet flying at such a low altitude

Brisbane residents commented on social media that the event takes place every year and the practice flights are just part of the event

Brisbane residents commented on social media that the event takes place every year and the practice flights are just part of the event

Brisbane residents commented on social media that the event takes place every year and the practice flights are just part of the event

The 6.45pm event marked the end of the three-week Brisbane Festival in 2021.

Brisbane residents were warned in advance of the training flights, but others were still shocked by the sight, with a US viewer on Twitter saying it gave him flashbacks to the 9/11 terror attacks.

“No, no, no, just no,” NBC CEO Mike Sington wrote on Twitter alongside a video of the jet.

A Royal Australian Air Force fighter jet is purposely weaving through the skyscrapers of central Brisbane. It was an air show rehearsal, which caused instant flashbacks to 9/11.”

The jet was on a practice run for the Sunsuper Riverfire event, which marks the end of the Brisbane Festival 2021

The jet was on a practice run for the Sunsuper Riverfire event, which marks the end of the Brisbane Festival 2021

The jet was on a practice run for the Sunsuper Riverfire event, which marks the end of the Brisbane Festival 2021

Pictured: The cargo plane weaves at low altitude between skyscrapers.  Viewers were shocked by the footage as US commentators said online they had flashbacks to 9/11

Pictured: The cargo plane weaves at low altitude between skyscrapers.  Viewers were shocked by the footage as US commentators said online they had flashbacks to 9/11

Pictured: The cargo plane weaves at low altitude between skyscrapers. Viewers were shocked by the footage as US commentators said online they had flashbacks to 9/11

Brisbane residents were warned about the training flight, but others who watched online were shocked

Brisbane residents were warned about the training flight, but others who watched online were shocked

Brisbane residents were warned about the training flight, but others who watched online were shocked

He explained that approvals can be applied for for special flyover events, but the jets are not allowed to fly under the tops of buildings.

He explained that approvals can be applied for for special flyover events, but the jets are not allowed to fly under the tops of buildings.

He explained that approvals can be applied for for special flyover events, but the jets are not allowed to fly under the tops of buildings.

Brisbane residents pointed out that the stunt isn’t nearly as dangerous as it seems, with the plane actually flying over the Brisbane River running through the city, not through skyscrapers as it appears in the video.

β€œIt’s not directly visible from the corner in this video, but that plane is flying over a river that runs through the city. Do not weave between buildings. It was also widely publicized before it happened so people weren’t caught off guard,” explains Australian reporter Chad Ryan.

Other viewers from the US questioned the safety of the Brisbane event, calling it “terrifying.”

A US Air Force C-17 jet pilot who wished to remain anonymous said: Task & Purpose the stunt should never be performed in the United States, calling the videos “insane.”

“If the crew’s timing is wrong or if they react slowly, the jet would collide with a building. Very risky,’ said the pilot.

An anonymous US Air Force pilot stated that the jets’ flights were “insane” and should never be allowed to be operated in the US

He explained that special approvals can be requested for flyover events, but the jet is not allowed to fly under the tops of buildings in the US.

The RAAF has a pronunciation informing the locals about the rehearsal flight, explaining the flight paths of the jet.

“Safety, noise control and the environment are essential considerations in the planning and conduct of Defense flying activities, and participating squadrons will operate with a view to minimizing the impact on local communities,” the statement said.

β€œThe health and safety of all staff participating in this event is paramount. All Australian Defense Force personnel are required to adhere to state and territory travel restrictions and health advice. A number of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures have been put in place for this exercise.”

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