- Military pilots from squadrons across Europe and the US discuss the skills and dangers of flying at low level over diverse terrain day and night
- Stunning images of low-flying military aircraft – from A-7 Corsairs and F-4 Phantoms to Tucanos, Tornados, the Sk60, B-1B Lancer and F/A-18 Super Hornet – shot from a mountainside or air to air
- The photographer explains how the projects were planned and executed, and reveals where many of his images were taken
Low-level flying in military aircraft at speeds of up to 500 mph and as low as 100 feet above the ground is as challenging for the pilot as it is for the photographer wishing to capture the action. Thunder Through the Valleys: Low Level Flying—Low Level Photography
is two books in one. The main subject is about military low-flying – the skills, reasons and dangers from a pilot’s perspective.
The author also discusses the challenges faced, revealing how and where the images were taken from mountainsides and desert canyons to cockpits for air to air. Pilots describe their training, mission planning, systems and the aircraft they love to fly from A-7 Corsairs, F-4 Phantoms, Tucanos, Tornados, Sk60, B-1B Lancer, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Super Hornet.
They fly low to deliver weapons or gather data and evade radar. Pilots from air forces across Europe and the United States talk about the skills they need to be effective in very dangerous flying environments, discussing the challenging conditions they face when flying fast and low over snow, sea or through mountain ranges at night.
Commanders with years of low-level flying give a fascinating insight in to their most memorable sorties.