Nasty turbulent landing shows what a jet can take (video)

Today is a holiday. And as I rarely take one, I’m taking this one. We’ll be posting, but it will be our usual holiday fare, unless something huge happens.

So in the meantime, enjoy this video of a 767 landing in some nasty windy weather. While it’s somewhat scary to watch the plane bump around, and land on one wheel, it also shows how much these planes can really take.

I remember an engineer friend telling me that jets can fly upside down.  I’m not sure if that’s true, and would rather not find out.

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  • Butch1


  • ARP

    SFO and LGA are sort of the same way. It’s water, water, water-about two seconds after you see land, you touch down.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Landing in National/Reagan always freaks me out. I always think we’re going into the Potomac.

  • PrahaPartizan

    Just watch that pilot deploy the spoilers (those little metal pieces sticking up behind the wing) as soon as the cockpit crew feels the plane is on the ground. The spoilers mess up the airflow over the wing and limit any lift the wing might still be providing so that the plane can stay on the ground on its landing gear. The last thing the pilot wants is to go bouncing down the runway with the plane threatening to take off again. Also, did that landing angle of approach seem awfully similar to what naval aviators do when they land on an aircraft carrier. I know back in the day when I was flying Northwest into the then Washington National in B727s that the pilots seemed to just drop the planes on runway, apply brakes and do wheelies as we turned onto the taxi way rushing past the Potomac River in the windows. Good times!

  • barada

    RODAN—Fun Facts:

    Height: 50 Meters

    Weight: 15,000 Tons

    Wingspan: 150 Meters

    Air Speed: Mach 1.5

    Net worth: 40, 000,000 Yen.

  • barada

    It looks like the pilot was one of the wild rabbits of Okunoshima.

  • BlueIdaho

    It never ends well for the snakes.

  • 2karmanot

    Combine that with an evangelical convention and ya got snakes on a plane.

  • zerosumgame0005

    Almost every time I fly into Shipol in the morning there is a really nasty sheer that feels like it is shoving the plane sideways 20-30 feet (probably not nearly that far, but it sure feels that way!) and the pilots just take it in stride.

  • mark_in_toronto

    Imagine the skill needed to do this . . .

  • Steven Jaeger

    so the movie of flying upside is not impossible

  • You need to stop buying your car tires at the Wal-Mart $19.99 each sale. :)

  • perljammer

    Heh. The airlines are probably a wee bit more scrupulous than you are about monitoring tire condition and inflation pressure, and the condition of shock absorbers and other suspension parts..

    A few fun facts to think about as you watch the video:
    1. The largest 767 model has a max gross takeoff weight of about 450,000 lbs. This includes about 170,000 pounds of fuel.
    2. For international flights, a 10% fuel reserve is required by FAA regulations. So, a reasonable guess for the weight of this one at landing is about 300,000 lbs.
    3. Each main landing gear has 4 tires. On the largest 767 model, they are size 50X20R22 32PR, inflated to 215 lbs. These are not the tires on your 1993 Honda Civic. The main landing gear suspension is designed such that no individual tire sees much load until all 4 are in contact with the runway.

  • emjayay

    Pretty amusing and something didn’t know about before.

  • deeter1013

    a plane that weighs a million pounds lands on one tiny tire. Nothing. In my car, I run over a twig…and INSTANT flat tire. hmmmm……

  • ComradeRutherford

    Just another day at work…

    Just look at the punishment that landing gear takes. Amazing.

    Jet planes are so tough, yet fragile at the same time…

  • Janus303

    Indeed, Tex Johnson, Boeing’s chief test pilot, executed a 1G roll in the 707 prototype at an air show in 1955. Boeing execs were not pleased.

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