Skip to comments.Video of Airplane Defying Aeronautical logic, by Flying Upright in Place
Posted on 10/01/2010 8:36:24 PM PDT by OneVike
Of all the great and amazing aerobatic tricks performed at the Chico Air Show I attended last weekend, there is probably none that I was more fascinated with then a stunt performed by a pilot who stood his plane on end in the air while holding it in place. My only problem was I forgot to record it with my video camera. I was so enthralled by the many performances that I also never interviewed any of the performers like I wanted to. So I decided to return on Sunday morning and see if I could catch up with a few of the "White Collar Carnies ®" who's lives revolve around the Air Show circuit throughout America.
One person I was able to interview was Bill Braack, owner and driver of the famous "Smoke-n-Thunder" jet car. While I was waiting to talk to him I was pleasantly surprised to see pilot who stood his plane on end, practicing over near near the end of the runway. This time I was not going to forget to video tape it. While the stunt did not last as long as it did when he performed it during the show, I was able to catch it on film. I added it to music and that is what I offer you in the video below.
Now I will admit that I know very little about the full capabilities of airplanes, but when I saw the pilot do what he did with his airplane on Saturday, I was absolutely blown away. I never would have thought it to be possible that an airplane could be made to do something I thought only helicopters could do. I do know about the V-22 Osprey which can fly like a helicopter or an airplane, but it was designed to do that. This is a small crop duster type of an airplane.
I did do some research, but all I could find out was that maybe the pilot was doing something like reverse flying as he made his plane stand still in the air. I am sure that there are pilots who can tell me that this is quite normal, but this is a first for me. Even after I did a Google search, I couldn't find anything more than I already mentioned, nor could I find any videos that are similar to the one I am offering for you to watch.
If there is anyone who could direct me to a site that I can read about this maneuver, or even see a similar video of an airplane of the same thing, then please give me the URL of them.
Follow the link below to watch the
Vidoe of Airplane Defying Aeronautical logic, by Flying Upright in Place
I filmed this airplane standing upright, as if to deny both gravity and aeronautical logic. Has anyone ever seen such a stunt before? .....
We do this all the time with R/C planes. It’s called 3D flying. Lots of power and huge control surfaces. Seeing a full size plane do it is very impressive.
Yup, almost every airshow. They hang by the prop. It’s got a name but I don’t remember it.
I’ve seen them do this, then rise into a slow hammerhead turn.
As a pilot myself, at such a low altitude, HOW THE HECK DO YOU GET OUT OF THAT attitude? Anyone know?
I’ve seen Radio Controlled model airplanes do that maneuver all the time. It’s called “3D” flying.
I’ve never seen a full size Yak aerobatic aircraft perform it, howver.
So many times I'm bored with it.
It's called 3D flying. If you look at the 7-second mark you can see the pilot flying the model airplane. The model looks like a 40%-scale model (40% the size of the full-size)
Like I say, bor-ing...
Amazing power to weight ratio for a prop job!
Yeah. Lots of power. You cob the throttle and fly straight up.
It's not a full-size. If you stop the video at the 7-second mark you can see the RC pilot flying the model.
I believe the term is called “hanging on the prop”, it in no way defies “aeronautical logic”.
Thanks for the ping!
Of course you all DO know that is a giant scale radio control airplane and not a full size with a human in it????...;o) I have a friend who competes with a 40% of size Sukhoi...he can do this all day...
Yep...as a pilot and mechanic who is always going to airshows no one at present does this in a full size...just don't quite have the power to weight....some can almost hang on the prop in a slow knife edge...but not stationary...also in a full size if the engine were to burp you'd be dead. With an R/C...you just pick up the pieces and go home and glue them back together...;o)
If you say so...;o)
Could you post the pilot’s name so I can contact him? Besides I work in the industry and know most of them....
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