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A stowaway's view from a 747 flight over Africa
FlightBlogger ^ | March 5, 2010 | John Ostrower

Posted on 03/05/2010 10:19:15 PM PST by skeptoid

Sometime in the last three weeks a 747 departed Johannesburg, South Africa for Maputo, Mozambique with an camera strapped to the nose landing gear looking aft along the fuselage. The result is a stunning piece of HD video taken over African skies. (music leaves something to be desired)

(Excerpt) Read more at flightglobal.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 747; aerospace
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1 posted on 03/05/2010 10:19:15 PM PST by skeptoid
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To: skeptoid

Neat.


2 posted on 03/05/2010 10:23:36 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: skeptoid

Kind of an aside, but J’burg has a very nice airport.


3 posted on 03/05/2010 10:30:37 PM PST by stormer
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To: F15Eagle

I saw that too, but it still appeared the camera was attached to the nose gear and looking aft. Otherwise we would have not seen the nose gear doors close up on it.

However I am surprised after all these years cameras hive not been installed on other parts of these aircraft such media presentations, and for research purposes.


6 posted on 03/05/2010 10:38:16 PM PST by valkyry1
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To: F15Eagle

Would you even use a 747 to go from South Africa to Mozambique?


7 posted on 03/05/2010 10:43:18 PM PST by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: F15Eagle

Stowaway was not meant literally.


9 posted on 03/05/2010 10:47:17 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: skeptoid

Nicely done.


12 posted on 03/05/2010 10:51:29 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: F15Eagle

I just check and the distance is only 280 miles. Maybe it is a cargo plane as I do not see how an airliner could make money on such a short flight with this type of aircraft.


13 posted on 03/05/2010 10:54:44 PM PST by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: skeptoid

Front stowaway gear...

Thats how i get to Vegas every year.
I usually bring my own snacks.


14 posted on 03/05/2010 10:56:22 PM PST by mowowie
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To: skeptoid

stunning video!! Thanks for the great find :)


17 posted on 03/05/2010 11:16:33 PM PST by PurVirgo (Smeg!)
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To: F15Eagle

...or there were two cameras...


18 posted on 03/05/2010 11:26:56 PM PST by Birdsbane ("Onward through the fog!" ... Oat Willie)
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To: mowowie

So you fly Southwest, eh?


20 posted on 03/05/2010 11:32:18 PM PST by 60Gunner (But there's this one particular harbor...)
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To: skeptoid

I just wasted 7 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back. :P


21 posted on 03/05/2010 11:52:44 PM PST by publana (Obama, you will not intimidate me into not voicing my opinions.)
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To: skeptoid

I did not go to the link. (have to use my blackberry to do streaming)

I guess my question/shock if true is did this stow away fly in the landing gear?

And Lived to tell/show his journey?

If so that is Amazing.

I guess I am confused on what transpired.

Had a good cam cord device (cheap enough) but could not buy a seat on the flight?


22 posted on 03/06/2010 12:22:41 AM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Global2010
I guess my question/shock if true is did this stow away fly in the landing gear?

There was no stowaway. It was a "stowaway's view" from a camera mounted to the nosegear of a 747 cargo aircraft.

23 posted on 03/06/2010 4:24:10 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: publana

Sorry, no refunds.


24 posted on 03/06/2010 7:36:28 AM PST by skeptoid (Rent my tagline space)
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To: Global2010
See #23.

The source is a webpage.
Check it for the video link, text, and comments.

25 posted on 03/06/2010 7:40:55 AM PST by skeptoid (Rent my tagline space)
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To: skeptoid

I would have been better if the camera had been pointing forward but nice all the same.


26 posted on 03/06/2010 7:46:53 AM PST by Ditter
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To: skeptoid
O the 747 (all Boeing's) there are circuit breakers for the main and nose gear. You would “pull”the breakers for the mains, then lower the gear via the normal gear handle.
When your ready for the mains, just push the breakers back in.
Not normal procedures for sure ...
27 posted on 03/06/2010 7:51:05 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Robe
Bob's your uncle!
28 posted on 03/06/2010 9:34:43 AM PST by skeptoid (Rent my tagline space)
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To: Ditter

Probably a clearance (stowed) issue and/or aerodynamic limits of camera; it would be easier/quicker to shield it behind (aft of) the nosegear.


29 posted on 03/06/2010 9:41:43 AM PST by skeptoid (Rent my tagline space)
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