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Old 04-20-2010, 12:29 PM   #1
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Crosswind Landing

This is a test of the Boeing 777 crosswind landing. I would not have though landing some of these would have been possible.

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Imagine the stress on the pilots gear struts.
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I was wondering how many times they had to change pants tires!
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Reminds me of some of the old videos of landings at KaiTak ...
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Speaking of changing pants, I'm sure that's where the ground crewman was headed at the end of #3...

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This is a test of the Boeing 777 crosswind landing. I would not have though landing some of these would have been possible.
Thanks Rustic!

I can't wait for DW to get home so I can show her these! A few years ago, during our arrival at Lanai, the pilot made three attempts to set us down in a very strong cross wind before getting us on the ground. We were bouncing around and facing significantly offset to our direction of travel over the runway. DW was squeezing my arm and weeping. I was amazed the pilot didn't give up and take us back to Maui.

Now I know what it must have looked like from the outside of the plane! From inside, we only knew that it was very rough and we were facing a different direction than the plane was traveling.
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Check this one out:



Cross wind testing for the Airbus A380 in Iceland.
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Now I know what it must have looked like from the outside of the plane! From inside, we only knew that it was very rough and we were facing a differently direction than the plane was traveling.
A textbook example of why a pilot needs a lot of tail rudder.
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A textbook example of why a pilot needs a lot of tail rudder.
...and why we practiced slips over and over in basic flight training. I remember an instructor who loved to push in the throttle on downwind, about halfway between midfield and the numbers and announce an engine-out emergency...and that flaps were inoperative as well.
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...and why we practiced slips over and over in basic flight training. I remember an instructor who loved to push in the throttle on downwind, about halfway between midfield and the numbers and announce an engine-out emergency...and that flaps were inoperative as well.
Glad my instructor never did that particular trick.

Watching those crosswind landing I was thinking imagine how tough that would be in a trail dragger.
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Thank God I flew Rotary Wing. You don't like the wind....come to a hover and turn around!
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Some of my favorite cross wind landings, on the island of Madeira:

Aviation Video: Various Aircraft - Various Airlines

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See #7 above...
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Wasn't there a Hong Kong runway where this was the norm rather than the exception?

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Imagine the stress on the pilots gear struts.
Once again I can't decide who's more nuts: the pilots who get paid to attempt these landings, or the photographers who are jostling each other to get closer to the runway for a good tight shot...
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I remember seeing a show about the B-52... they showed that the wheels would turn to line up with the runway even when the plane was angled due to crosswinds...

Wonder why nobody else has done this... this has to be many decades old technology....


Also... I wish I still had this.. someone had a video of people landing at the old (IIRC) Hong Kong airport... (maybe Singapore... I don't know which one has a mountain)... they said you had to fly toward the mountain, turn sharply 180 and then drop between buildings to land... Some of the landings were scrapping their wings...
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I remember seeing a show about the B-52... they showed that the wheels would turn to line up with the runway even when the plane was angled due to crosswinds...

Wonder why nobody else has done this... this has to be many decades old technology....
I suspect the aircraft manufacturers learned it would be cheaper to build runways that would rotate to align with the wind...
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Here are a few fun landings at Kai Tak (the old Hong Kong airport):




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Here are a few fun landings at Kai Tak (the old Hong Kong airport):

To the pilots: is it ok to use your outside engine as auxiliary landing gear like this guy almost did?
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To the pilots: is it ok to use your outside engine as auxiliary landing gear like this guy almost did?
Sure - as long as #1 and #4 are equipped with the rollerblade option, you're good to go.
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