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This US Air Force F-15 Jet Makes A Risky Takeoff In The Rain, And It's Scary To Watch

Sending an aircraft across a slick tarmac in the rain at nearly 100mph seems like a bad idea.

When you consider all of the particulars — like dimensions, weight, and speed — taking off in a jet while it’s pouring is a risk.

But, that didn’t stop this ace F-15 pilot from making the attempt. However, when you see how heavily it’s raining, you’ll quickly realize that only pilots of this skill level could pull this off.

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Thanks again to 9zyzjse for posting another glimpse at aviation prowess. How this pilot managed to keep the craft steady on such slick ground is a mystery to us.

The F-15, formally known as the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, is a 45,000-pound aircraft that is 64 feet long. It can achieve speeds of up to 1,800 miles per hour, and requires at least 240mph to take off.

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One false move, and it could be a terrible outcome for the pilot and everyone near the aircraft. Oh, and it’s pouring.

“Mildenhall and Lakenheath … always raining,” one commenter explained, which are air bases in the UK. “Except during Air Fete while they still had it … always hotter than blazes for that.”

“So powerful — love that climb rate,” another commenter explained, which is indeed impressive considering everything.

Here’s the kicker: the F-15 design has largely been unchanged since its inception in 1972.

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