Skip to comments.The incredible moment a Hercules transport plane does a LOOP (TR)
Posted on 08/03/2018 4:44:40 PM PDT by DFG
Think of aerobatics and it's fighter jets and light aircraft that spring to mind.
But the crowds at the recent Farnborough Airshow were treated to the sight of a new Rolls-Royce-powered LM100-J Hercules transport plane pulling outrageously nimble manoeuvres including a loop.
The man at the controls was chief test pilot Wayne Roberts and his stunt was caught on camera.
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Or is it just an upside down picture???
It’s for real, watch the first couple minutes of the video. :^)
Major seat biter! Love it!!
Reminds me of the classic 1955 barrel roll of a Boeing Dash 80 (pre-707) over Lake Washington.
It isn’t a loop. It even says it isn’t a loop. And the website is cluttered with layers of crap.
Watch the video.
Obviously, the cameraman rotated the camera 360-deg. /s
Right up there with Tex Johnson’s B707 barrel roll!
But it wasn't, he stressed, a full loop.It's still a d@mned impressive maneuver.
He told CNN Travel: 'It's actually what I might call an "inclined loop".
'It's the kind of loop that leans, that you start with about 20 degrees of bank, and then at the end of it I actually roll out a little bit and scoop it out in more of a corkscrew.
'But by then everybody's convinced that it's a loop and they don't care what I do in the last quarter of the manoeuvre.'
I've witnessed (and participated in) some interesting aircraft maneuvers, especially during airshow practices. Even though this bird was empty for the loop, it stills ranks up near seeing the SR-71 Blackbird launch, watching the AC-130 gunship live fire the 105mm cannon, and getting buzzed by a B-1 moving low and fast.
It’s still the finest airplane ever built.
I tried to watch the video but just got a series of still pictures. Engine must be fuel injected to do that kind of stuff. Wonder how they did it in the old days with carburetors? Must have been hairy!
That was quite the short takeoff! I know the plane is designed for that.
Just as I started watching the Hercules loop video, a Blue Angels jet flew over my apartment building!
The Angels do a show in Seattle every year during the first week in August, which is our Sea Fair Festival, which features hydroplane races, Navy ship visits, etc.
I'm guessing that upon landing, it was moved into a hangar, had every panel removed and every inch of the airframe examined for stress cracks.
If that were my -130, a doctor would have to surgically remove the seat cushion from my butt. It would be mega pucker stuck.
Boeing’s 707-C135 prototype did a roll over the Boeing airfield as a demo for the airline pilots.
And the Airbus crashed trying to land at the Paris airshow.
A plane that big and heavy I never would have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes.
I’m seriously impressed! A transport plane as nimble as old time prop-driven fighter plane.
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