Saturday, August 25, 2007

Amazing what these planes can do

I've never seen anything quite like these. There are a few landings shown in this video. Each one shows a large jet landing while twisted to the side to fight very heavy crosswinds, but I couple of them are sufficient to cause gasps and/or shock-induced expletives.

Take a look. It's amazing stuff!

BTW, I don't know what the text says in the video. I believe the test flights were done in Brazil, so maybe that explains it.

And I wonder if the onboard computers were doing the maneuvering during those landings. Probably. If the pilots were actually handling that manually, I'm really amazed.

9 comments:

Etienne said...

Yes, it is in Portuguese. Obrigado. :)

CanuckNurse said...

Yeah this is one of the toughest maneuvers I ever attempted to learn. They call it crabbing - I suppose because crabs scuttle sort of sideways across the sand. Incidentally, pugs when walking at full-speed, crab the same way. Sophie walks at a definite angle down the hallway after coming in for a walk.

Jess said...

Etienne: Thanks! :)

Matt: Is this something Sophie does just to combat heavy crosswinds?

And have you seen a plane every do this in such a severe fashion? I understand the idea, but this seems so extreme. Just seeing the planes twisted sideways but the wheels lined up with the runway (which they'd have to be, I would think) is quite a sight.

Jeff said...

Awesome. Relying on my very rusty Portuguese (so take it with a grain of salt), the slides say something like: "It's not every day that we find calm winds. What to do in these situations? Fly. Think back to [literally, return to the age of] the flying club. Remember your instructors and make a safe landing. These pilots fly conventional aircraft. Learn with the best."

Apparently it's a commercial for a flying club, using footage from Boeing test landings.

Jess said...

Thanks, Jeff! That makes sense!

Andy said...

At least those were test flights designed to see how the planes handled in crosswinds! Here's an actual Korean Air 747-400 landing at Hong Kong's now-defunct Kai Tak airport. No test flight -- passengers on board!

Jess said...

Andy: That's a wild landing, but it looks like the pilot of the plane really knows his stuff. (I'm assuming there was a good reason for that landing.)

Michael Vernon said...

At least some aircraft, the Army's C5-A for example, have landing gear that will rotate off center so that the plane lands at an angle but when the wheels touch down, they continue going forward.

Dantallion said...

Planes always fascinate me. I understand the physics of wing lift and all, but I can still never quite get my head around something that heavy moving so gracefully through the air like that.