No, this isn't the desert world of Tatooine. It just looks like it.
The now-famous "Star Wars Canyon" in Death Valley, Calif., is so named for its resemblance to Luke Skywalker's home. Among aviation enthusiasts, though, the place is best known as the best place in the Western U.S., if not the whole of the North America, to watch fighter jets and even transport aircraft practice flying low and fast.
A new video on YouTube shows a number of U.S. and Canadian military planes zipping through the canyon:
The video, shot by plane spotter Spencer Hughes, was shot during the month of December 2018. The video starts off strong with an AV-8B Harrier II jump jet, currently being replaced in U.S. Marine Corps service by the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Many of the aircraft are F/A-18C Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets, with a U.S. Air Force F-15 thrown in for good measure. Also in the video are a pair of , Canada’s version of the C-130J Hercules.
Fighter and tactical transport aircraft such as the C-130 often train to fly through canyons to avoid enemy radars and air defense systems. A similar location in the United Kingdom is the Mach Loop.