In Brisbane, Australia a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 plane flew extremely close to buildings downtown, an act that was almost like disrespect to the residents, some “9/11 stuff” as one observer described it.
However, tabloid headlines about the event just made it into some kind of spectacle. There was certainly outrage and articles recognized that, but it’s almost like they don’t know Australia is a Commonwealth nation genuinely allied with the US and its coalition, poised to actually take action.
It looked exactly as if the plane was going to crash into buildings.
According to an article from Lad Bible:
“Sat in a high-rise office building, you definitely wouldn’t expect to see a giant Boeing C-17 plane just metres away from the window. However, that’s exactly what happened to one terrified bunch of office workers in Australia.
The stunt was caught on video, with the plane terrifying onlookers as it got too close for comfort as it flew narrowly in between buildings, and one observer compared the terror to ‘9/11 stuff’. I mean, you’d probably rather not encounter that sight during a peek out of the windows, right? ‘Come work in our office,’ they said. ‘Admire the views from the 30th floor,’ they said. AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENS.”
It was a rehearsal for Brisbane’s Riverfire airshow at the South Bank parklands, and the pilot of this plane thought it would be okay to fly disturbingly close to those tall buildings.
At the last minute, the plane adjusted its trajectory to avoid an actually collision.
Several Brisbane residents and witnesses to the event were outraged about it, and rightfully so. It’s not quite the same thing as flexing, or military might being out in public for no disclosed reason as you’ll see in America, it feels more like an immature, irresponsible mistake.
Some have called the stunt “unnecessarily stupid and dangerous. One person commented: “All it would take is a small mistake and those buildings and people would be toast.”
Another wrote: “I mean it’s cool and stuff, but that could’ve gone very, very, VERY wrong.”
People who decide to put some kind of adoration into the military in Australia tried to justify the event. They gave the usual excuse that this type of thing tends to be meticulously planned. You really think so?
“Unless both pilots had a synchronised heart attack or catastrophic plane failure, nobody was in any danger,” one person wrote. Yeah that’s what some Americans would also say, but this was like a gesture of disrespect.
“I am not saying this is not well thought out,” another person replied.
In California we call it the Ghetto Bird when helicopters fly too close to us. Sometimes they are police helicopters, sometimes they are strange helicopters suspected to come from the Air Force.
It’s nothing but sort of disrespectful, like an attempt to be intimidating in America when odd helicopters and planes fly so close to buildings.
Without a doubt, in Australia people wouldn’t be as quick to assume it was going to be some tragedy like 9/11 if they saw a plane looking like this. This type of stunt would not work in America, yet on the other hand, odd helicopters and military flexing on cities, even with regular police departments is worse there.