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Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings and Take Offs

Posted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:13 pm
by Honey Badger
I'll start us off.
Cactus 1549 hit birds and lost both engines just after take off from La Gaurdia

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:51 am
by Hawkstar
Cactus?

Isn't it supposed to be US Airways flight 1549?

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:51 am
by Taskforce 58
Cactus is the ICAO radio call sign of US Airways.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:12 am
by Turbofan
The callsign "Cactus" was actually originally assigned to America West Airlines before it was merged with U.S. Airways. "Cactus" was most likely chosen since America West's main hub was PHX, and of course Cactii are plenty in Arizona. Post-merger, the callsign has stuck, and PHX is actually U.S.'s third-largest hub.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:56 am
by CharleyHotel
So that's where America West went. I was (not) missing them a lot.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:42 pm
by Honey Badger
Sorry this took awhile.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:36 pm
by halberdier25
This deserves a place.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:10 am
by Honey Badger
That is really cool. Such a simple mistake and BOOM. No more mission, at least for a while.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:16 pm
by halberdier25

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:57 pm
by Honey Badger
Funniest landing I've seen.

"Twenty-two year-old flight instructor Kyle Davis was about two minutes into what was meant to be a 15 minute flight over central Florida from Winter Haven to Lakeland when the engine on his homebuilt SkyRanger airplane conked out. After two failed restarts and ruling out a field and a lake as landing options, Davis decided to put his plane down on Havendale Boulevard, avoiding light poles and trees, and, more amazingly, cars. Davis had his videographer friend Joe Surowiec along for the ride, giving us this video from two cameras he had mounted on board"-Matt Molnar

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:56 am
by Iceman

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:23 pm
by Honey Badger
N-Ice.

Matt Molnar wrote:The airport in Hamburg, Germany was getting pounded by a violent wind storm when Lufthansa Flight 44 approached from Munich on March 1st, 2008. Despite air-traffic controllers offering the option of landing on Runway 33, which would have put the plane more favorably parallel with the 60 mph gusts, the crew decided to use their first choice of Runway 23, which is equipped with better instrument-landing equipment but was more susceptible to crosswinds, which could blow the plane out of line with the runway. Sure enough, as soon as the main landing gear of the Airbus A320 touched the pavement, a strong gust tossed the plane to the left, actually blowing the left wing tip into the ground. Thankfully, the crew made a split-second recovery and pulled the plane back into the sky, circling around for a safe landing, on the less treacherous Runway 33, without any injuries to the 131 passengers and five crew.
Edit: Adding another vid seeing as no one has commented yet.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:02 am
by halberdier25
Not a landing, but still cool.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:10 am
by Honey Badger
First, is that a J-3 with floats?

Second, I'm opening this thread to include take offs as well. Both can be very difficult at times.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings and Take Offs

Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:51 am
by NavyGator
He actually had to have a Taxi to taxi...

It looks to me like it may be an AL-3, w/ floats

I think it's cool too how the recording makes the prop blades appear to be boomerang shaped when rotating. I wonder, is that an artifact of it being
a digital recordings, or does some film do that too?

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings and Take Offs

Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:11 am
by halberdier25
NavyGator wrote:I think it's cool too how the recording makes the prop blades appear to be boomerang shaped when rotating. I wonder, is that an artifact of it being
a digital recordings, or does some film do that too?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_shutter

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings and Take Offs

Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:51 am
by NavyGator
Thanks Halb. that's almost TMI. And when did you move to Bolivia?

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings and Take Offs

Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:07 am
by halberdier25
I spent much of my adolescent years living there. Had my first kiss there, lost my virginity there, got tear gassed for the first time there, watched my first murder there, climbed my first mountains (taller than McKinley) there, blew up my first propane tank there, shot my first RPG there, learned how to clear a house SWAT style there, took my first shot of alcohol there, went to my first party with sex, drugs and alcohol there, hunted my first non-deer animal there, drove a car for the first time there, rode in First Class for the first time there, met a president of a country for the first time there, dated my first daughter-of-a-president-of-a-country there, lived through anarchy for the first time there, and it adds some color to the board. I'm back in the States now.

To add to the discussion:
Dear old dad that, when we were up at KI Sawyer AFB, said they could get their whole alert bomber and tanker forces off the ground in six minutes flat from the first to the last takeoff.

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings and Take Offs

Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:37 am
by Dragon029
halberdier25 wrote:I spent much of my adolescent years living there. Had my first kiss there, lost my virginity there, got tear gassed for the first time there, watched my first murder there, climbed my first mountains (taller than McKinley) there, blew up my first propane tank there, shot my first RPG there, learned how to clear a house SWAT style there, took my first shot of alcohol there, went to my first party with sex, drugs and alcohol there, hunted my first non-deer animal there, drove a car for the first time there, rode in First Class for the first time there, met a president of a country for the first time there, dated my first daughter-of-a-president-of-a-country there, lived through anarchy for the first time there, and it adds some color to the board. I'm back in the States now.
So in other words you had a weekend holiday there?

Re: Best Airplane (and Helicopter) Landings and Take Offs

Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:07 pm
by halberdier25
Basically.