The crew of an Israeli air force F-15 warplane fought freezing temperatures and buffeting winds to bring their aircraft down after its cockpit canopy flew off at 30,000 feet, the military said on Monday.
In a dramatic cockpit voice recording of the January 2 incident airmen can be heard shouting to one another over the roaring wind and engine noise, in what a military statement said were temperatures of -45 degrees Celsius (-49 Fahrenheit).
"Are you all right," the navigator asks the pilot, identified in the statement as "captain Y".
"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.
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.
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