The beauty of serving in the U.S. Air Force is that if you're an airplane nut, the Air Force is THE place to be.
Our fighter wing TDY'd quite a bit, and of the places we'd go and visit and harass, Cannon AFB (New Mexico) and Mountain Home AFB (Idaho) were two favorites.
Cannon is located outside of Clovis, New Mexico which is an area popular with science-fiction photographers and movie makers because the landscape looks just like what you'd expect on an alien planet from another solar system. It's flat and endless.
But it's perfect for giving those F-111's a place to lay their wings back and thunder across the terrain at near twice the speed of sound and maybe two hundred or so feet above the ground.
I said it in a previous posting that military aviators have balls of steel. I think F-111 and B-1 drivers have balls of titanium.
These two F-111 aviators from Australia certainly do. This is about as picture perfect of a not-by-choice gear-up landing as one could ask for.
Those Aussies. Damn they're tough. I'm glad they're on our side and we on theirs.