Does a Video Show a C-17 Globemaster Flying Between Buildings?

A video of an 2018 aerial stunt went viral again in 2021.

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A video shows a massive C-17 Globemaster flying low through a city's skyline.


In late July 2021, a Reddit user posted a video of an extremely large plane weaving between high-rise buildings in Australia. The surreal video captured a lot of attention online, with some commenters noting that the video brought up disturbing memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City.

Flying a Boeing C-17 Globemaster through the middle of a city in Australia. from nextfuckinglevel

The video is real. Although it went viral in the summer of 2021, it’s actually from 2018. The plane, a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster, flew at an altitude of just 300 feet over Brisbane, a large coastal city in eastern Australia.

At the time, the Brisbane Times reported that the flyby was a practice run “for the 21st annual Riverfire on Saturday, which has become Queensland’s largest annual public celebration.”

The flyby also went viral in 2018 with a video shot from a different angle, in which the massive plane appeared to fly directly at the person holding the camera.