switzerland in a fighter jet
March 1, 2007 6:51 PM   Subscribe


 
Not an X-wing, Not Hoth.
But pretty zoomy...
posted by Balisong at 7:01 PM on March 1, 2007


The preferred method of zooming over Hoth was the Snowspeeder, which I believe to be a modified A-wing.

Cool vid, tho.
posted by sourwookie at 7:01 PM on March 1, 2007


What Balisong said. You, sir, are a liar!
posted by chinston at 7:04 PM on March 1, 2007


Ha ha, vronsky fails at geek!
posted by lekvar at 7:06 PM on March 1, 2007


Definitely a place where having a plane that can climb straight up is an asset.
posted by Standeck at 7:07 PM on March 1, 2007


What is that thing at Mauvoisin? An ice dam?
posted by vronsky at 7:19 PM on March 1, 2007


I kept finding myself hitting the numeric keypad to look out the side window like you would in MS Flight Simulator. Neat video!
posted by mendel at 7:20 PM on March 1, 2007


Hoth was Norway?
posted by muckster at 7:22 PM on March 1, 2007


And where did they cut the gondola wire doing just this? Italy?
posted by muckster at 7:23 PM on March 1, 2007


Wow, if that were in a club and I were on acid, I don't think I would be able to leave the club.
posted by parmanparman at 7:31 PM on March 1, 2007


Beautiful. The Matterhorn is breathtaking.
posted by malocchio at 7:31 PM on March 1, 2007


Great vid, but I think it's a double.
posted by Vindaloo at 7:43 PM on March 1, 2007


Well I'll be damned. Look at that. An eviscerated Tauntaun right before the first marker.
posted by redteam at 7:44 PM on March 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Spectacular.

Though the music was annoying.
posted by rtha at 7:47 PM on March 1, 2007


The "Star Wars Databank" says "The Hoth battle sequences were filmed on location atop the Härdangerjøkulen Glacier in Finse, Norway." Just in case you were curious.
posted by jedicus at 7:47 PM on March 1, 2007


I suddenly want very much to play Terminal Velocity.
posted by Partial Law at 7:49 PM on March 1, 2007


in your face lekvar!
posted by vronsky at 7:51 PM on March 1, 2007


What is that thing at Mauvoisin? An ice dam?
It's just what it looks like - the Mauvoisin dam. Built in the late 1950's - as was the Hawker Hunter. They both appear to have aged remarkably well. Would that I could say the same!
posted by speug at 7:52 PM on March 1, 2007


Such natural beauty reduced to a clip for cheesy scifi. Best of the web for sure!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:58 PM on March 1, 2007


'Flight sim' mode in Google Earth is also tits for those who like zoooming.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:00 PM on March 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


So, can any pilots tell about how high off the ground that plane was at around 2:20?
posted by Richard Daly at 8:04 PM on March 1, 2007


not to take away from the beauty of the video, but did it seem awfully slow to anyone else?

I'm sure it's just an illusion brought about by the quasi-fractal like nature of the landscale, and that the spatial scales were larger than they appeared, but even when the plane was close enough to cause a shadow, there didn't seem to be that sense of speed.
posted by spacediver at 8:07 PM on March 1, 2007


Not to be a killjoy or anything, but am I the only one who remembers this this from a few years ago?

still, it's awesome footage, mesmerizing really.
posted by inthe80s at 8:46 PM on March 1, 2007


That is one of the geekiest link titles I've seen in a while.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 8:49 PM on March 1, 2007


Vronsky - thanks much for the link - after a rotten day, speeding over Swiss Alps in a fighter jet is just what I needed - awesome! .... PS - Do the Swiss really need fighter jets? Chocolate missles and Swiss knife smartbombs?
posted by mctsonic at 9:21 PM on March 1, 2007


Heh richard daly, just clicked your profile. Truer words have never been spoken. Cheers.

And I was hoping a pilot would chime in about the height too.

and thanks speug. It is the second highest dam in the world. Cool.
posted by vronsky at 9:31 PM on March 1, 2007


inthe80s: To answer your question, no no.
posted by rob511 at 9:54 PM on March 1, 2007


"Do the Swiss really need fighter jets?"

if they want to spread "neutrality" around the globe they do.
posted by vronsky at 9:59 PM on March 1, 2007


CHeese.
posted by dontoine at 11:05 PM on March 1, 2007


In my face? Have Norway and Switzerland somehow become the same country in the last 24 hours? Damnit! Where will I get my chocolate now?
posted by lekvar at 11:35 PM on March 1, 2007


Two more just incase people have not seen them before
Mirage III Formation Flight In The Alps and Swiss Air Force - Push The Limit
posted by Z303 at 1:37 AM on March 2, 2007


Seconding spacediver's question. Did this seem slow, or was it just me/us?
posted by chinston at 5:09 AM on March 2, 2007


Needs more Final Countdown by Europe.
posted by revgeorge at 6:24 AM on March 2, 2007


Needs more Dack.
posted by steef at 7:08 AM on March 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


NICE steef. nice nice nice!
posted by vronsky at 7:33 AM on March 2, 2007


Where's Wedge?
posted by Ohdemah at 9:06 AM on March 2, 2007


Whoops...Here's the real Wedge.
posted by Ohdemah at 9:09 AM on March 2, 2007


And a 10 minute star wars clip on you tube?? How is that possible? Does the dark lord know about this?
Half of the vids I've bookmarked have been taken down already. (I really miss the Keyra Augustina one.)
posted by vronsky at 9:47 AM on March 2, 2007


"Such natural beauty reduced to a clip for cheesy scifi. Best of the web for sure!" huh, wha.. O someone made a snarky comment before clicking the link didn't they. Dumb dumb.
posted by vronsky at 9:52 AM on March 2, 2007


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