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Virgin Atlantic Stunt?

Discussion in 'Airplane, Aircraft & Jumbo Jet Talk' started by Ursula Kunz, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. Ursula Kunz

    Ursula Kunz Hangar Bronze Member II

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    Can anybody help us?????? --- The video below was posted and resent to me by a Turkish friend who, unfortunately, cannot tell me where and when this video was taken. It almost seems unreal. Do Airlines really perform such breathtaking shows? Seems rather dangerous to me.

     
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    Edward Jeszka Hangar Gold Member I

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    Certainly some "great" piloting if it were real (rather dumb as well) but it is probably greater "photo-shopping". Never saw this one before. That isn't something I would like to see in any case.
     
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    I have seen the video of when a B-707 REALLY DID do a barrel roll, but it was done at altitude by a qualified Boeing test pilot, not a stunt by the O'Leary mentality in an attempt to relieve the pax's pockets of any remaining change just before touchdown. :p .......back in the early 70's, at the Willow Run Air show, a North Central airlines DC-9 did buzz the runway (clean) in front of the crowd at about 25 ft. AGL and at about 250-300 mph. It did not have any pax aboard and no barrel roll.
     
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    It's definitely fake. If you pause the video when the plane is directly above you and up-side-down, you can notice the plastic/toyish look of the wings and fuselage. I've always tried rolls in simulators (in non-aerobatic planes) and technically they do work, but you always loose altitude since your wings aren't producing lift after a certain point. Doing a full barrel roll that low would not end well for the plane or the dancers underneath.
     
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    The name of the pilot who did the low buzz at KYIP was Bill Barbour who did aerobatic flying when he wasn't flying for the Blue Goose (he would also land a J3 cub in the back of a pickup truck). Just ran into Bill's son and he will be presenting the Bill Barbour senior award again at Oshkosh to the best airshow performer again this year.

    By the way it would be very easy to make that 747-400 barrel roll in photoshop. The guy who did the 707 roll did it over the hydroplane races on Lake Union in Seattle. I think his name was Tex Johnson and what saved the day for his career was that a couple of airline officials who were there as guests of Boeing ended up placing orders for the 707
     
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    Spot on! No better way to showcase an airplane! :)
     
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    Ursula Kunz Hangar Bronze Member II

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    Same thought went through my mind. Who would ask for such a stunt in a place where there is so much road traffic and many lives would be at risk. Only daredevils would go for it. So it seems to be a fake. But thank you anyway for sharing your view on this.
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    To add to Curt's excellent memory.............. :D
     
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    Yes it is fake, this video has been circulating around Facebook for ages now.
     
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    "You know that, and we know that; just don't do it anymore." Hehe.
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Yea, when they asked "Wth you doin?" and he says "selling airplanes." haha
     
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