Tag Archive: aviation


Destin of SmarterEveryDay graduated from Advanced Helo Underwater Egress Training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and went back for a refresher course in getting out of a sinking helicopter.

When airplanes crash on water, they tend to float on their wings and stay upright. Helicopters, on the other hand, are extremely top-heavy, so when they hit the water, they immediately flip over and sink like rocks. Training gets the crew over their profound disorientation and out safely.

 

Advertisements

We regularly crash passenger cars to test their overall safety and design vulnerabilities with the help of high-speed cameras, high technology, and sophisticated crash-test dummies. But we’d NEVER before done that with a full-size passenger aircraft. Until an international team of elite test pilots set out to do just that.

The trick was crashing the plane lightly enough that it didn’t erupt into a fireball (which would have destroyed all their data), but heavily enough to make it break violently apart. The other trick was getting the pilots out of the plane before it crashed. Bonus tidbit: For a few moments, the plane officially became the world’s largest remote-controlled aircraft.

This fascinating documentary details four years of extensive planning and outfitting of the aircraft with hundreds of sensors and state-of-the-art crash dummies, and explains the rationale for the experiment. FYI- The remains of the plane can be seen on Google maps at 32.501293,-115.396698.

On April 7th, 1994, Federal Express Flight 705, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 cargo jet, was carrying electronics equipment across the United States from Memphis, Tennessee to San Jose, California, when an attempted hijacking took place.

In this compilation you’ll see hard landings in extreme weather conditions, landing an airplane on water, a plane emergency hard landing in the forest when the engine stalled, landing a plane on the most dangerous airports in the world, and many more spectacular landings:

Destin of SmarterEveryDay caught a sparrow that had gotten in the house, but before he let it fly away, he managed to get the slo-mo camera going.

A kayaker floats over a Japanese Aichi E13A seaplane that was lost in the Rock Islands, Palau, by photographer Tony Cherbas.

YouTuber engineerguy wrote a book called Fatal Flight, which brings vividly to life the year of operation of R.101, the last great British airship—a luxury liner three and a half times the length of a 747 jet, with a spacious lounge, a dining room that seated fifty, glass-walled promenade decks, and a smoking room. The British expected R.101 to spearhead a fleet of imperial airships that would dominate the skies as British naval ships, a century earlier, had ruled the seas. The dream ended when, on its demonstration flight to India, R.101 crashed in France, tragically killing nearly all aboard.

The Blue Angels performing over San Francisco’s famous Lombard Street in 2016 by photographer Mike Oria.

Airstage built a gigantic helium-based remote-controlled aircraft resembling the Airbus A320 that sports a 16-foot-wide wingspan and weighs less than a pound. YouTuber RC RC RC!!! shared footage of the plane flying around over onlookers inside an exhibition hall at incredibly slow speed at Modell Süd Stuttgart 2016, an exhibition for model making and model railways in Stuttgart, Germany.

Sure, aerial acrobatics, inverted flight, YAWN. But this time it’s with a GoPro camera mounted on a 360-degree gimbal.

Holding the world record for most inverted flat spins, Spencer Suderman takes to the sunny Southern California skies for another one of his routine flights. The only thing routine about it: the takeoff and landing. In between those two events, you can find Spencer in an inverted flat spin, doing barrel rolls or massive loops. Buckle up, vomiting is prohibited!

%d bloggers like this: