26 February 2008

Speaking of Aviation

This is a great way to lose your job:

Story here
. Backstory and comments here.

Moral of the story: don't scare the crap out of the Chairman of the Board.

Much better video here; damn -- they stayed at 50 feet the whole 8000 foot length of the runway! Some nice pics here. Note in the background you can see a couple of Dreamlifter large cargo freighters parked -- they're chop-job 747s, grotesquely enlarged, used to ferry parts for the 787 around the world. Possibly the ugliest things flying.


  1. I'm glad I wasn't the one being "buzzed"!

  2. Okay, in reading about the Dreamlifter, I encountered this paragraph:

    During flight testing in November, 2006, a Cessna 172 being used for a training flight encountered the 747 LCF's wake turbulence. The small aircraft was accidentally inverted and lost 1,000 feet (300 m) of altitude before the instructor pilot was able to regain control at just 150 feet (46 m).[3]

    Whoever that pilot is, I want him at the stick whenever I'm a plane.


  3. That low, that slow, no doubt behind the power curve, what happens when he eats a flock of birds? Scary.


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