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CLOSE CALL—Fighter Jet Misses Paragliders by Only Fifty Feet

2018-06-01 15:54
Paragliding—sailing through the air on a wing-shaped parachute—can be a wonderfully peaceful activity. Except for that once-in-a lifetime occasion when a military jet buzzes you. This quartet of UK paragliders were floating over Salisbury Plain about 1,500 feet aloft, when a Royal Navy Hawk T1 fighter blasted past at 345 mph, only fifty feet away. The fighter pilot was on a practice bombing run. He turned into the sun and couldn’t see the paragliders. According to a report by the UK Airprox (Air-to-air Proximity) Board, "The paraglider pilot landed immediately afterwards as he was ‘a little shaken’." https://www.airproxboard.org.uk/home/