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Here's what a fighter jet flying through canyons looks like from the backseat

And sounds. My word, the sounds.

Image: Screengrab

IN THIS DAY and age, flying a fighter jet low is an essential part of combat training.

Radar improvements, stealth bombers, drones and electronic warfare all mean that getting banged around by a few Gs of force is what makes the best the best.

Here is what it looks like to fly at high-speed, low altitude, through canyons in the back seat of an F-15E Strike Eagle, a US Air Force bomber.

The jet can reach a top speed of Mach 2.5, which works out at roughly 1,650 miles per hour. Just a bit faster than your 1.2 litre hatchback. The cost? Around $31 million per plane. Probably more expensive than that hatchback.

It is also really, really loud. However, thanks to the HGU-55P flight helmet, the pilots are completely oblivious to the noise.

Source: Gung Ho Vids/YouTube

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