August 10, 2017

Good Pilots Just Land Planes

But the GREAT pilots land them with style!


Posted by: Wonderduck at 11:05 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 I would say "timing!" but the lack of any obvious motion blur, and more than reasonable detail would seem to inform against high-speed film used fortuitously.  And the seeming lack of reaction from what appears to be a crewman casually observing the event.  Which leads me to suspect the near-flat level of the shot, combined with what could actually be pretty extreme perspective from the camera's point-of-view, suggests we're not seeing exactly what appears to be happening.

Posted by: Ben at August 11, 2017 12:27 AM (B1bvu)

2 I can't find any detail on this exact image, but from the several similar images I did find, this would appear to be what happens when you snag the arrestor cables incorrectly and stop a bit too abruptly.  The plane normally doesn't stay like that for more than a couple of seconds though.

Posted by: David at August 11, 2017 01:42 AM (JMkaQ)

3 That's what I assumed, David.  I do know it was on USS Cabot, an Independence-class CVL, sometime in 43 or 44.

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 11, 2017 07:38 AM (MhSsP)

4 "The plane normally doesn't stay like that for more than a couple of seconds though." I bet they and the few seconds around them are exciting, though!

Posted by: Rick C at August 11, 2017 09:08 AM (ECH2/)

5 "Any landing you can walk away from, right Hal?"

"I dunno, Jim, I think that joke was a bit ON THE NOSE, don't you?"

Posted by: GreyDuck at August 11, 2017 06:12 PM (rKFiU)

6 Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.

If they can use the airplane again afterwards, it's a great one.

Posted by: flatdarkmars at August 11, 2017 07:26 PM (zLeyl)

7 OK, fine. I now accept that the X Games really are "extreme".  Nose grinds in fighter planes...

Posted by: mikeski at August 11, 2017 08:40 PM (88xRJ)

8 Apparently the Breakdance "Headspin" move has antecedents farther back then we previously knew.

Posted by: Mauser at August 12, 2017 11:13 AM (TYvUn)

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