Pilots of an Israeli F-15 jet faced -49F temperatures and buffeting winds to land the aircraft after its cockpit canopy flew off at 30,000 feet.
In a dramatic cockpit voice recording the two Israeli military airmen can be heard shouting to one another over the roaring wind and engine noise.
‘Are you all right,’ the navigator asks the pilot, identified in the statement as ‘captain Y’.
An Israeli air force crew fought freezing temperatures and buffeting winds to safely bring down an F-15 fighter jet after its canopy flew open. Stock picture of an F-15
‘Yes I’m fine,’ he replies.
‘We are without a canopy, proceeding for landing at the nearest base,’ the pilot says over the radio in a calm voice.
Afterward the pilot notified controllers that he is heading to Nevatim air base in southern Israel.
The landing went without further incident, according to statement from the Israeli military.
The statement stated that the air force chief of staff ordered an immediate halt to training flights in F-15s pending an investigation.
Haaretz newspaper said the air force has had a fleet of US-made F-15s since the 1970s and it had been considered the country’s top warplane until it began taking delivery of the US F-35 stealth fighter in December 2016.