An Israeli F-15 was landed safely after its cockpit canopy flew off at 30,000 feet, the Israeli military have announced.

Local media reported that, in a dramatic cockpit voice recording  of the January the 2nd incident, airmen can be heard shouting to one another over the roaring wind and engine noise.

An Israeli Defense Forces public affairs spokesperson told reporters:

“During a routine training flight, an F-15 fighter jet had to land after its canopy detached. The plane’s crew was in full control throughout the incident, acted with level-headedness, professionalism and great skill in handling the rare malfunction, and landed the plane safely at the Nevatim Air Base.”

The following transcript has since been released, but the Israeli Defense Forces released the audio of communications between the two-man flight crew themselves so you can listen for yourself:

“Are you all right,” the navigator is heard to ask the pilot, identified as ‘Captain Y’.

“Yes I’m fine,” the Captain replies.

“We are without a canopy, proceeding for landing at the nearest base,” the pilot said over the radio, reportedly in a calm voice.

The aircraft’s canopy detached for currently unknown reasons.


  1. Ah, the F-15. Literally the Toyota Hilux of the skies.

    Glad the crew landed safely.

    Thoughts to the families of the Russians killed in the recent crash.

    • Yes, Mine too. No one wishes any Russian people any harm in my Experience, nor do they, us. It’s just a few Elite Power Hungry Twats. The sooner we get rid of said Twats, the better. It’s just my simple opinion.

        • dave12
          Why would they feel guilty? A man who was admittedly guilty of treason and wanted in Russia was targeted. The UK refused extradition and granted asylum therefore any collateral damage is the fault of the Uk Government. There is no moral difference between using a chemical agent to assassinate a traitor and using a Tornado or Drone to flatten a wedding party to kill a terrorist like Britain, the US and France all do. Unless your going to seriously argue that the chemical agent somehow makes someone more dead than being blown to bits.
          One just makes people feel squeamish because “how dare you poison the air” while the other they have this very mistaken belief that everyone who is bombed dies quick and is therefore more morally somehow.

  2. The Israeli’s have form with regards damaged F15’s,one managed to return to base after a Mid-Air collision back in the 80’s I think minus the best part of one of its Wings.


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