For a year, F-15 fighter pilots used mountable GoPro Hero cameras to capture footage that was compiled in a video to commemorate the 67th Fighter Squadron winning the 2011 Raytheon Trophy for outstanding aerial achievement.
After viewing the nearly 10-minute film, we have to ask: How have we not seen this yet?
The “2012 Raytheon Award Video” was posted on Vimeo and YouTube in April and wasn’t really been picked up aside from some aerial and defense blogs and websites at the time. LiveLeak posted the video over the weekend, and Business Insider picked it up from there, writing that it rarely posts videos this long but “this one is an exception.”
Edited and uploaded by the user going by “Jersey,” he describes the award the squadron was honored with as the being “given to the top air-to-air squadron in the USAF.” The video itself was shot entirely by the pilots, spanning a year of flying. Jersey is sure to note that not one combat camera personnel was involved in its production.
Here’s more from the video description:
Footage includes flying and aircraft from both the 67FS “Fighting Cocks” and the 44FS “Vampire Bats”, entirely on location at Kadena AB, Japan. Most of the over water footage was filmed while we were raging like demons from hell in the skies over the Pacific Ccean like our brothers did 70 years before us.
Check out the film (Note: It’s well worth watching all the way through):