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February 25, 2008 4:19 PM   Subscribe

A collection of airliner videos. Strangely absent: Barrel rolling a 707 [YT].
posted by saladin (24 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Quite a money shot near the end of the 737 "crash" landing.
posted by punkfloyd at 4:47 PM on February 25, 2008


A barrel roll?
posted by ph00dz at 5:01 PM on February 25, 2008


A barrel roll while pouring Iced Tea is one of my favorites.
posted by god hates math at 5:03 PM on February 25, 2008 [3 favorites]


A cinnamon roll while drinking Iced Tea is one of my favorites.
posted by DU at 5:12 PM on February 25, 2008


Wait...I thought a barrel roll was "sideways". What I'm looking at in this video is what I've been calling a "loop-dee-loop". ...no, actually I can't tell what I'm looking at.
posted by DU at 5:16 PM on February 25, 2008


Is this John Travolta's secret jack-off stash?

Wow.

"It's not how close you get to the ground but how precise you fly the air plane."

cool
posted by Toekneesan at 5:22 PM on February 25, 2008


Thanks for the 707 barrel roll clip. That was awesome.
posted by ReiToei at 5:22 PM on February 25, 2008


Tex Johnston!

Some years ago, I bought for my new bride a 1962 Ford Fairlane. The car was in wonderful condition, and we were told that the original owner was a Boeing test pilot named "Tex". At the time I was unfamiliar with Tex Johnston. Soon I found out about the famous 707 roll during Seafair, and my heart leaped when I learned the Boeing test pilot was nicknamed "Tex". But being the eternal skeptic, I had to double check.

Strangely enough, the car's original owner was not Tex Johnston, but some other Boeing test pilot nicknamed "Tex"...

Regardless, the Fairlane was christened by my wife as "Tex"...

I had never seen that piece of footage, thanks!
posted by Tube at 5:35 PM on February 25, 2008


Cathay Pacific 777 buzzes the Hong Kong tower, pilot gets sacked. Kind of ironic since, as Maverick and Goose were told, "You screw up just this much, you'll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong."
posted by Frank Grimes at 5:37 PM on February 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yea, a "barrel roll". Picture a corkscrewing spiral drawn on the inside of a barrel - this is the flight path. Ideally it is a purely 1-g maneuver so you and the iced tea can't tell the difference. It is possible in nearly any short-winged aircraft but requires a lot of skill to do perfectly. If you screw up, you can exceed the tolerances of the aircraft in speed or g-load. So don't try this at home... If you go looking, you can find u-tubage of some *cough* surprising commercial aircraft barrel rolling. The 707 is a classic!

Other rolls are the "aileron" roll, rolling about the long axis. In particular, a "slow roll", which is decidedly aerobatic, is challenging to do accurately sloooowly.
posted by sea at 5:40 PM on February 25, 2008


I can't believe I am the first one to say:

DO A BARREL ROLL!
posted by parallax7d at 6:01 PM on February 25, 2008


Cathay Pacific 777 buzzes the Hong Kong tower

Not Honk Kong, but Boeing Field near Seattle. Still, a silly thing to do - a 777-300ER is a *big* airplane, and ground passes at 325 can kick up an amazing amount of debris.
posted by eriko at 6:10 PM on February 25, 2008


I was privileged to see Bob Hoover do his engines-out routine at Oshkosh in 78 or 80---amazing. He put the thing in its parking space with no energy to spare.

I think the iced tea maneuver would be considered an aileron roll, as the nose describes a small circle around a point on the horizon. While both are positive-G figures, a barrel roll has a wider circumference and the plane's heading is supposed to change through 90 degrees.

Neither are to be confused with a slow roll, in which the nose is nailed to a point, and thus half the figure is negative-G. No beverages!

I also enjoyed the A380 crosswind landing test video. They plop that thing down in a crab, and wait for the nose to swing around straight.

On preview - good description, sea. The loading has to vary from 1 G, but not by much.
posted by maniabug at 6:12 PM on February 25, 2008


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posted by not_on_display at 6:15 PM on February 25, 2008


> A barrel roll while pouring Iced Tea is one of my favorites.

The iced tea was cool and all... but good grief, those dead stick low level fly-bys and one wheel touch downs had my heart in my mouth. Staggering. Even in the 3inch picture of a youtube video the sight of that business turbo prob whistling past at eye level is breath taking. Thanks.
posted by adamt at 6:33 PM on February 25, 2008


It's old, but that Fedex diversions animation makes me crack up every time. "Run away! Run away!"
posted by dmd at 6:56 PM on February 25, 2008


eriko, you're right, he buzzed the Seattle tower, not Hong Kong. Either way, I might have to order some rubber dog shit just to make sure the pilot has a job.
posted by Frank Grimes at 7:28 PM on February 25, 2008


Cathay Pacific 777 buzzes the Hong Kong tower

Anyone know where the video of this is? Apparently it was pulled from YouTube; the only one up now is a slideshow of stills.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 8:31 PM on February 25, 2008


Great clip, god hates math.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 8:35 PM on February 25, 2008


Holy shit Bob Hoover is good. I didn't think a twin turbo prop could move like that. Particularly not with it's engines off.

I never would have thought that something as awesome as a 707 barrel rolling wouldn't seem as impressive as a couple of tricks done in a tiny business class commuter, but then, I'd never seen Hoover fly, I guess.
posted by quin at 8:52 AM on February 26, 2008


this guy on yt has alot of great videos of hong kong landings

here is youtube's favorite
posted by sponge at 1:31 PM on February 26, 2008


Great post!!!!!!
posted by matty at 7:49 PM on February 26, 2008


"In what is surely the slowest response to an airliner fire every video-taped at a major airport, watch in horror as an airliner is nearly consumed by fire while parked at the gate before firefighters respond."

No kidding: the video's 3:51, and the firefighters don't even ARRIVE until 3 minutes in!

(The video itself is a real-player video listed about 2/3 down the page that is linked to in the FPP, and it's a China Airlines flight)

You just sit there watching this plane burn and hoping everyone got out alive. At one point, it had burnt so much that the plane did a Titanic and snapped in two, with the tail falling to the ground. Pretty riveting, especially since y'know, I'm flying off that airline in three weeks...
posted by librarylis at 10:48 PM on February 26, 2008


Still, a silly thing to do - a 777-300ER is a *big* airplane

well, they *all* do the low flyby and wing-wiggle with the new boeings when they first leave boeing field in seattle (hong kong...pah). it's a traditional way of saying thanks to the factory. this guy got into trouble -and he didn't get fired but merely disciplined from what I've read- because they forgot to do the required paperwork beforehand.

and ground passes at 325 can kick up an amazing amount of debris.

which is why runways get constantly checked by those little trucks with the yellow lights. also, make that something like 150 knts. exceeding 250knts below 10,000 feet is another faa-nono.

a word about the safety of this:
when you fly this close to the ground, the ground effect will keep the aircraft from touching down, as demonstrated in this video. you actually have to push it down to make the final few feet at speed. this video may look cool but it's not nearly the scandal you make it out to be.
posted by krautland at 3:05 PM on February 27, 2008


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