This cockpit video of a C-17 zipping by skyscrapers in Australia will make you sh*t your flight suit

Mandatory Fun

VIDEO: A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster Sunsuper Riverfire rehearsal ... in 360° 🌐

"Holy shit," pretty much sums up my reaction to the recent footage of Royal Australian Air Force pilots zooming past skyscrapers in a C-17A Globemaster as the words "terrain, terrain, terrain," and "obstacle ahead" blare over the intercom in the cockpit.

The 360-degree cockpit footage was posted to the Royal Australian Air Force's official YouTube page on Friday along with a series of impressive photos showing the not-so-lumbering beast of a plane flying over (like, just barely over) Brisbane, Australia ahead of a recent airshow.

Yes, that was just a rehearsal.

This impressive clip isn't the only footage of the flight. A similar video, posted to Instagram by 9News reporter Rob Morrison offered a glimpse from the other side of the cockpit — you know, the one nearest to the buildings. (Click to the right on the Instagram post for Morrison's video.)

Despite the size of the C-17, it certainly can move. As The War Zone's Tyler Rogoway noted in a recent post, the RAAF frequently puts its heavy transport planes through their paces during similar low-flying training missions and public performances.

"The C-17A will conduct passes over the Brisbane River and the [Central Business District] as the pilots expertly maneuver the aircraft as part of the preparation for Riverfire display," the RAAF said in a statement, referring to this past weekend's Sunsuper Riverfire festival and flight demonstration, which included flyovers from some Super Hornets as well.

"Each flying display is planned and flown beforehand and the pilots train to a high skill level to perform such maneuvers," the statement continues. "The aircraft will be at least 100 meters clear of terrain or any buildings during the display. The flying display will provide the public a great opportunity to take photos of the aircraft."

That's certainly true. The photos published to the official RAAF Facebook page of Aussie aircraft buzzing buildings are impressive enough to put Maverick to shame:

Photos of the Royal Australian Air Force during the annual Riverfire festival in Brisbane, Australia

(Royal Australian Air Force)

Editor's Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

U.S. Army aviation officials have launched an effort to restore full air assault capability to the 101st Airborne Division — a capability the Screaming Eagles have been without since 2015.

Read More Show Less

The U.S. military's withdrawal from northeast Syria is looking more like Dunkirk every day.

On Wednesday, the U.S. military had to call in an airstrike on one of its own ammunition dumps in northern Syria because the cargo trucks required to safely remove the ammo are needed elsewhere to support the withdrawal, Task & Purpose has learned.

Read More Show Less

President Donald Trump belittled his former defense secretary, James Mattis, by characterizing him as the "world's most overrated general," according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday.

The account from numerous officials came during an afternoon closed door meeting with congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday. In the meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly brought up dissenting views towards the president's decision to withdraw the vast majority of roughly 1,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria.

Read More Show Less

Retired two-star Navy. Adm. Joe Sestak is the highest ranking — and perhaps, least known — veteran who is trying to clinch the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

Sestak has decades of military experience, but he is not getting nearly as much media attention as fellow veterans Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Another veteran, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the race.

Read More Show Less

After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.

The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.

But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.

Read More Show Less