I'd say both... the plane had no passengers, and they probably put the minimum required amount of fuel for the maneuver...That's either a heck of a lot of thrust, or its running absolute minimum weight -- or both.
Right... the video did say that the plane was taking off at an angle of 30°, but the camera is placed almost in front of the plane, giving the illusion of a much steeper angle... it's still pretty impressive, though...I was at that airshow and that video is misleading. While the aircraft did attain a very steep climb angle there is no way it was near straight up. I'll see if I've got video of that take-off from a different angle.
That's what I was thinking. Who needs wing angles when you're driving a surface to air missile?Steep (vertical) climbs are easy if you have more thrust than the aircraft weighs...
High performance military aircraft use their wings to change direction; less so for holding up the aircraft in level flight.That's what I was thinking. Who needs wing angles when you're driving a surface to air missile?
Actually, it's the way the tail swayed to and fro before touchdown that impressed me the most...Those videos taken through a telephoto lens always make it look much scarier than it actually is. The fore-shortening caused by the lens makes the crab-angle look much more extreme than it actually is.
Low-wing jet aircraft with wing-mounted engine pods cannot do what I do in my high-wing Piper or Cessna, which is to land in a slip, with the upwind wing low, touching down on one main wheel. If they did, they would scrape the engine pod on the runway.
My landings keep the aircraft axis aligned with the runway center line all the way to touch down. Jets have to hold the crab-angle to just above the runway, and then kick-out the crab just before the wheels touch to prevent side-load on the main landing gear.
That's what makes my south end clench shut!Jets have to hold the crab-angle to just above the runway, and then kick-out the crab just before the wheels touch to prevent side-load on the main landing gear.
The state of the pilot's inebriation doesn't affect aerodynamics.not sure if that is loaded or unloaded.
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