Some GREAT videos here.
The F-15 climb-out, combined with the music, is so awesome. Check the guy's other videos and there's some good stuff.
They're shot on some new camera I've never heard of, but it shoots every single frame in RAW format (very storage intensive) at 4096x2048, which is apparently about half of IMAX. Truly awesome. Course, it's like $18k, so I'll wait for a used one to come up on eBay...
Some pieces of the previous video, with different music. I don't know what it is about that F-15 burning down the runway and then doing the climb-out. Either it's really beautiful or my brain is fried, because I got choked up.
For some reason, it reminds me of John Gillespie Magee Jr.'s "High Flight"
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, Ã¢â‚¬' and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of Ã¢â‚¬' wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew Ã¢â‚¬'
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
As I just told the photographer:
The A'stan video set to Ave Maria... Wow. I don't know what it is--either it's beautiful or my brain is fried from 3 days of parade practice for All American Week. The part where the F-15 does the climb-out... I don't know what it is. It's like that bird is burning along the ground, chained up and restricted. Suddenly, it finally decides to break free of this rude existence and move on to a better place beyond our capacity to reach or understand. It's like an allegory of a life well-led, where a Warrior goes down fighting. I can't explain it. It's beyond my ability to express. It makes me think of John Gillespie Magee Jr's sonnet, High Flight.