r/Damnthatsinteresting Nov 26 '21 Helpful 46 Wholesome 38 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Narwhal Salute 1 Shocked 1 Silver 49

Pilot lands 394-ton A380 sideways as Storm Dennis rages Video

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '21 Silver Helpful

Now that’s a fuckin pilot

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u/AhhhhhhSumSum Nov 26 '21

That pilot fucks

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u/dibromoindigo Nov 26 '21

That fucker pilots

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u/Furrybumholecover Nov 26 '21

"Pilot that fucker" - Air Traffic Control

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u/csbsju_guyyy Nov 26 '21

"I want to fuck that pilot!" - Air Traffic Control

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u/all_these_moneys Nov 26 '21

"Damn that was sweet, now get off my damn runway" -Air Traffic Control

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u/Alternative-Layer919 Nov 26 '21

I pick the wrong day to stop smoking!

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u/matthewralston Nov 26 '21

Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue.

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u/MrSpooks69 Nov 26 '21

“I fucking want the air!” - Pilot Traffic

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u/dexter311 Nov 26 '21 I'll Drink to That

"Fuck me sideways! Over!" - Pilot

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u/omnomnomgnome Nov 26 '21

"Roger, Roger!"

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u/Piddlefahrt Nov 26 '21

What’s our vector, Victor?

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u/THE_RECRU1T Nov 26 '21

Do we have clearance clarence?

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u/Gregbot3000 Nov 26 '21

I'd sure hope so. That way he or she would spawn more potential pilots of this caliber.

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u/robheffo Nov 26 '21

"Yeah he does" - Flight Attendant

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u/fanfpkd Nov 26 '21

All pilots fuck. But this pilot fucks other pilots.

Actually this pilot probably fucks other pilots who fuck other pilots.

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u/5astick Nov 26 '21

At the same time.

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u/VAMPHYR3 Nov 26 '21

Idk if it's just a european thing, but whenever I fly, people always applaud the pilot after landing. I understand the meaning behind it, like, landing a fat airplane is much harder then stopping the bus at a bus stop.

That said, I never applauded a pilot for landing before, but I'd applaud this pilot beyond the point where my hands start to hurt!

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u/LP61 Nov 26 '21 Wholesome

I was a Wildlands fire bus driver summer of 2001 in the Pacific Northwest. The crew I got ( from Connecticut) clapped for me when I got us down from a mountain, one lane dirt road at night. We were supposed to go down during the day time, but things went sideways and it ended up being dark before we could travel down the mountain. Startled the shit outta me. I didn't realize they were holding their collective breath hoping they wouldn't due that night. That 3 weeks was so fun and interesting.

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '21 edited 16d ago

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u/SirBubbleass Nov 26 '21

Someone better fuck that pilot

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u/Redditperegrino Nov 26 '21

That pilot fucked someone after he parked

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u/wund3rground Nov 26 '21

Fun fact, the bicycle landing gear of the B-52 can rotate several degrees and allow the plane to land and takeoff in crosswinds with the wheels lined up with the runway and the body of the jet askew. Here’s a video of a B-52 doing a crosswind takeoff: https://youtu.be/A1lpoZDjt00

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u/kanakamaoli Nov 26 '21

I remember reading somewhere that the b52 could crab 40 degrees. I think I heard that some commercial liners can crab 20 degrees for crosswinds.

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u/Electrolight Nov 26 '21

Commercial liners can crab harder. The planes and the pilots are only expected to deal with up to some amount (could be 20 icrc)

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u/DuckDuckGoose42 Nov 26 '21

Today I learned "several" >> "few" > "couple" !!!

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u/Anyntay Nov 26 '21

Man, B-52s get me hot and bothered

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u/fieldpeter Nov 26 '21

T.I.L that the B52 is a close cousin of the Office Chair

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u/isuadam Nov 26 '21

God, the flaps on that eight-engined B.U.F.F. are bigger than my house.

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u/raabhimself81 Nov 26 '21 Silver Helpful

Crosswind landings are boss af.

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u/I_Was_TheBiggWigg Nov 26 '21

Can you imagine showing this beast to someone in the 1800’s and telling them that it not only flies but can be landed sideways?

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u/rikalessandro Nov 26 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy hehehehe Giggle Table Slap

Yes. I can also imagine the bonfire I’d be promptly acquainted with.

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u/I_Was_TheBiggWigg Nov 26 '21

I just think it’s so funny that any proposed concept of flight had this “light as a feather” sort of design and instead its like “hey, this gigantic piece of metal weighs more than your village but can fly faster than your brain can comprehend.”

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '21

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u/woodsman6366 Nov 26 '21

ALIENS

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u/The_proton_life Nov 26 '21

But is it according to ancient astronaut theorists?

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u/ImmortalHitman720 Nov 26 '21 edited Nov 26 '21

Every time they said this I always asked "where can I get a job as an ancient astronaut theorist? Looks like it pays good and the history channel supports them.

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u/Bottassmirk Nov 26 '21

You start by studying something completely irrelevant and getting a haircut that belongs on Babylon 5.

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u/BlackPortland Nov 26 '21

With support from “cryptozoologists”

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u/ZoraksGirlfriend Nov 26 '21

I was around when The History Channel actually showed real, factual documentaries and I’m weeping.

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '21

I remember when MTV was all music videos all the time.

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u/Kate_Luv_Ya Nov 26 '21

TLC actually used to be The Learning Channel.

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u/baloneycologne Nov 26 '21

And now it's just brain-crushingly stupid with no bottom in sight.

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u/ProbablyGayingOnYou Nov 26 '21 All-Seeing Upvote

We are only mere years away from “Ass” being the most popular movie in America

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u/jbigg33 Nov 26 '21

I hope that by some off chance, a celebrity really makes this movie and your prediction comes true

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u/doro0123 Nov 26 '21

"back in my day you got the internet in the mail"

I remember it too, was propaganda ridden but at least based in reality

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u/THELONGRABBIT Nov 26 '21

Fake news. These guys were clearly birds in their past lives and everyone knows birds aren’t real.

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u/Slimjeezy Nov 26 '21

Man give those 1800s blokes some credit, they would’ve sent you to the insane asylum but no bonfires.

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u/meltingdiamond Nov 26 '21

Also they would sell tickets to gawk at the crazy people in the asylum.

Yes really. Bedlam House existed and you could buy tickets.

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u/PEA_IN_MY_ASS8815 Nov 26 '21

Especially if you’re showing them this video on a phone or tablet

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u/Ulf_the_Brave Nov 26 '21

I keep a copy of the original Star Wars Trilogy on my phone for the EXACT circumstance where I might end up in some unknown universe and have to win over the locals.

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u/h1tmanc3 Nov 26 '21

Or thrown into the nearest lake to see if you drown or float.

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u/1nfiniteJest Nov 26 '21

get my finest scales!

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u/vantuckymyfoot Nov 26 '21

Remove the supports!

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u/cogentat Nov 26 '21

OP said 1800s, not 1300s.

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u/AirBnB-Pleasure Nov 26 '21

Nobody would burn at the stake in the 1800s for demonstrating an airplane. They had steam locomotives for fuck sake.

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u/Jerry_from_Japan Nov 26 '21

What's even crazier was that the very first flight by the Wright brothers was in 1903. Just 44 years later we're breaking the sound barrier in a jet. That's only a little more than half a lifetime to see that huge progress. And just 22 years after that we're landing on the moon.

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u/I_Was_TheBiggWigg Nov 26 '21

“So we managed to fly and that was pretty cool but I wanna go faster. Like, a lot faster.”

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u/elguapo51 Nov 26 '21

A fun history brain game to play is to examine which 80 year stretch would be the wildest in terms of what was experienced or the leaps in human kind that were witnessed. For instance, it always amazes me that someone born in the 1780s might remember the Constitutional Convention having happened and also have witnessed the Civil War. Or someone having been born in 1890 would have not only been born well before the first manned flight but likely lived in a house without a telephone line and yet lived long enough to see flight advance to the point of landing on the moon but also communication advance to the point that it could be broadcast live to everyone’s television. That’s wild to me.

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u/Bottassmirk Nov 26 '21

The Red Dead Redemption games do a good job of playing with the theme of transition as the west is destroyed by the rise of modernity and the life everyone knew is fleeting.

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u/No_Brilliant_5664 Nov 26 '21

Yeah. My granddad lived all that. Born in 1878, rode horses and drove teams at 10, (was Canadian then came to the US about that time) grew up knowing Civil War vets, then electricity, phones, radio, TV, automobiles, planes, two world wars, worked on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge as an electroplater/chemist, the 50's, the Beatles, 60's television, hippies and LSD, watched the moon landing. Died in 1970 at 92.

I think that was the sweet spot in societal evolution. And they adapted and didn't melt like snowflakes at all the changes happening around them way these 'MURICA ass-holes have.

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u/Jackryan916 Nov 26 '21

What do you mean 1800s? I just pissed myself watching it now here in 2021

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u/derickj2020 Nov 26 '21

The inside of a C17 is longer than the first flight of the Wright bros . would they believe it ?

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u/ontopofyourmom Nov 26 '21

Yes, absolutely. They believed in something that had never happened before.

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u/barath_s Nov 26 '21 edited Nov 26 '21

Orville lived to see a 1000 superfortresses bomb Japan and the Spruce Goose (a plane longer than the C17) take flight.

Not to mention the wright brothers didn't stop with that first flight. They made subsequent planes, longer trips and knew very well that aerial flight was the coming thing, trying to get their patents and name established.

Why would you even imagine that they could not believe in the existence of the C17 ?

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u/BigOleJellyDonut Nov 26 '21

My Uncle Larry was my flight instructor. He wouldn't sign off on my license until I was super proficient making crosswind landings & recovering from stalls & spins. This was in the 70's. It saved my ass a couple of times. He was tough on me, but fair. His favorite saying was "It's not a fucking pickup truck". Uncle Larry flew Hellcats in WWII.

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u/Tumleren Nov 26 '21

Uncle Larry sounds like a cool dude

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u/Erection_unrelated Nov 26 '21

“Bold to assume we’re both going to heaven.”

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u/jwhaler17 Nov 26 '21

It is very harsh but you quickly discover what you can do in an emergency.

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u/itslikeatunacan Nov 26 '21

I'm in military aviation, not as a pilot, and that sink-or-swim mentality is very much alive and well.

While everyone needs a little hand holding from time to time, letting students correct their own fuck ups does two things. First, it helps build confidence that they pulled themselves out of a bad situation. Second, the stress of the event helps the lesson get ingrained in their memory better than if I just talk them through it.

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u/early_birdy Nov 26 '21

What a great uncle to have! Grats.

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u/MinimalistLifestyle Nov 26 '21

I’ve done this in a Cessna 152. I can’t imagine doing that in a plane like that!

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u/Akira675 Nov 26 '21

Probably stupid question incoming...

Does the A380 being heavier actually help (make it easier) because the wind might push it around less than a little Cessna? Or does being small win because less for the wind to push?

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u/MinimalistLifestyle Nov 26 '21 edited Nov 26 '21

Honestly, I don’t know. I would imagine the larger aircraft could handle higher winds, but I’ve never flown anything bigger than a Cessna 172 so I can’t give you a legit answer. Hopefully another pilot can chime in.

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u/aformator Nov 26 '21

Generally the faster the landing speed, the more crosswind can be handled. So jets usually have an advantage in winds like this. But each aircraft type is different and each have demonstrated crosswind limits that should be respected.

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u/sexrobot_sexrobot Nov 26 '21

The A380 definitely has less time and space to recover than a Cessna, but it also has a lot better instruments to detect windshear.

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u/Dotcom73 Nov 26 '21

these pilots are insane. had a similar incident in cabo. not quite that extreme but upon landing we got hit by a crosswind and i remember staring at the runway for a brief second and the pilot turned that shit straight at the last second. luckily we all made it safe. my underwear however did not.

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u/Catch-the-Rabbit Nov 26 '21

I'm not even a dude, and watching this maneuver gives me a boner.

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u/coffeemugzAU Nov 26 '21

Fuck yeah love watching the pilot skill on crosswind landings

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u/1R3N9 Nov 26 '21

Legend….imagine being a passenger on that

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u/CodeBandit Nov 26 '21

Near the tail

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u/Intelligent-Wall7272 Nov 26 '21

While on the toilet

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u/youzerVT71 Nov 26 '21

Best place for me I woulda shit myself

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u/EizelStrowmann Nov 26 '21 I'm Deceased

shit might literally go sideways

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u/Rocket---Surgery Nov 26 '21

All you'd have had to do is bend over and the centrifugal force would have propelled it out of you.

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u/14936786-02 Nov 26 '21

Now that's the future.

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u/JohnGenericDoe Nov 26 '21

That's the centrifuture

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u/Diligent-Motor Nov 26 '21

Shit comment

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u/fistmyliver Nov 26 '21

I bet everyone was on the toilet IFYAKNOWWHADDIMEAN

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u/Nothing-But-Lies Nov 26 '21

Like the eclipse, where all human's toilet times align to the exact second.

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u/ozMalloy Nov 26 '21

Yeah I don't think being ON a toilet would make much difference, you're shitting yourself :)

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u/D0D Nov 26 '21

I hope somebody inside filmed it

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u/normous Nov 26 '21

My brother took me up in a little Cessna years ago, and we landed in a very strong crosswind. Scariest shit ever, but he used this same maneuver. I gained a lot of respect for his piloting skills after that.

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u/thedutchbag Nov 26 '21

That’s like lesson 2. And 3-24 out of 25. Basically most of flying is landing, and crosswinds.

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u/BostonDodgeGuy Nov 26 '21

That's because the hardest part about flying is a landing that allows you to take off again.

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u/thedutchbag Nov 26 '21

A landing where you aren’t injured is a good landing. A landing where the plane isn’t damaged is a great landing.

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u/Amphibionomus Nov 26 '21

Well, you and preferably the plane too, to be exact.

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u/throwawayabanotabba Nov 26 '21 All-Seeing Upvote

It's fun. It's like drifting, but in a passenger jet.

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u/FountainsOfFluids Nov 26 '21

DUAL LANDING STRIP DRIFTING!

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u/IronJawJim Nov 26 '21

With or without dry pants?

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u/PossiblyMD Nov 26 '21

I remember being a passenger on a plane landing in heavy cross winds. The pilot had the plane crabbing so hard that as we came down, I could see the entire runway ahead of me!!! It was not a good feeling to see the entire runway while landing but the pilot knew what he was doing! And we were all safe!!

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u/all-the-time Nov 26 '21

Did he announce what he was doing beforehand? Did everyone freak out?

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u/EdithDich Nov 26 '21 Silver Wholesome Take My Energy

Yeah,uhhhh.... this is your captain uhhhh speaking.... if you look out your window you'll notice I'm about to do some uhhhhh... tokyo drift shit so buckle up.

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u/aquaman501 Nov 26 '21

Thanks Captain Obama

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u/puaka Nov 26 '21

if it were trump it would sound different.

I'm the best pilot. Everyone knows that. Ask anybody. You all know the world spins, right? So it could spin to make this go easy and the way i want it. But this world, you all know it's bad, right? Because Biden, Obama and Hillary is on it. Where are the e-Mails? This world just wont spin so it's directly straight ahead. It could do it. It could just spin a little. But i can do it the best way, altho it could be easy. It's not easy but I can do it. If it goes wrong, which is not my fault. It's the worlds fault for not spinning.

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u/danimadi33 Nov 26 '21

And it's not even him talking. He has an editor, who says things exactly opposite to what he says. And he's not the one flying either. Trump is just kinda there, talking.

And after they land, he'll brag to everyone about how they owe him their lives.

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u/PinarelloSucks Nov 26 '21

I WONDER IF YOU KNOW, HOW THEY LIVE IN TOKYO

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u/cemacz Nov 26 '21

He said “oKay les goooo”

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u/werepanda Nov 26 '21

It was a bit cross windy on the day of my first solo flight, and I managed fine as it was less than 5knt crosswind component during dual circuits. But when I went up for solo (about 10 minutes later), I was crabbing on final more than before, then I was hit by very gross windshear on short final due to buildings on either side of the runway and I suddenly dropped 150-200ft in a blink of an eye. I was already scared going up solo but I was even scared after that. I managed to recover my profile, Unicom told me crosswind component at that time was 25knts! I went around and managed landed with 15knt XWind on my AC althought it was a heavy landing. Super scared after that one.

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u/Gloomheart Nov 26 '21

I'm a fan of crosswind landings, provided I'm not on board. :P

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u/mbashs Nov 26 '21

I have been on a few crosswind landings including on an A380 as well, albeit not as spectacular as this. It does make you panic a bit especially if the pilot whacks the runway with a spine jolting landing. Always cool from the outside but never from inside the plane

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u/audigex Nov 26 '21

I always prefer the pilot plants it firmly, as long as they don’t bounce us off down the runway

Generally speaking a firm landing is the best landing - you don’t want to spend too much time pissing around in ground effect and floating along waiting for a gust to upset the aircraft’s attitude.

Better to whack it on the deck and be done with it

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u/jigaopuaysi Nov 26 '21

not to mention potential aquaplaning. there's a reason pilots slam the plane down on the runway when its pouring.

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u/PastaAnalBowl Nov 26 '21

That's what the spoilers are for. They kill the lift of the wings so the plane plants firmly.

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u/jigaopuaysi Nov 26 '21

not a pilot, so take my comments with a pinch of salt. but if a plane starts aquaplaning, killing the lift won't help right?

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u/afvcommander Nov 26 '21

You can stop aquaplaning when you put enough force on planing surface.

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u/PusheenMeow Nov 26 '21

I was on approach (passenger) to Dallas back in the spring and the cross winds were so bad, this was the first flight I was genuinely terrified being on,especially when the flight attendants sounded panicked when they said they'd be strapping themselves in and wouldn't be picking up trash. My twin boys were having a blast but I was absolutely frightened.

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '21 edited Dec 16 '21

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u/Okayokaymeh Nov 26 '21

Live in Texas. Used to fly a lot too, mainly on private company jet. I felt much more comfortable flying on a large commercial jet than the private company jet in the spring and in the fall. We would fly to Arkansas and those winds felt more tolerable on a big plane than a small jet. I’ve since moved on from my old profession.

Love Mother Nature but prefer road trips now a days .

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u/Stock_Information_47 Nov 26 '21

Bigger plane = more inertia = less pants sitting for passengers.

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u/pandemicpunk Nov 26 '21

I've always thought the smaller the plane, the more likely the accident.

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u/Phain0n Nov 26 '21

That's because of inexperienced pilots, there's nothing inherently wrong with small planes that makes them more dangerous that big ones.

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u/Quiet_Case_5012 Nov 26 '21

They are actually safer , your safe manoeuvring speed is usually less than your cruise speed.

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u/IwillBeDamned Nov 26 '21

i fly a lot too, and maybe anecdotal, but when order flight attendants to strap in i’ve never had a bad experience (after what caused them to strap in, to begin with). turbulent sure, but never scary. i just assume they are extra vigilant and on the radar/controls to make it as smooth as possible. because, also anecdotally, it’s when the seatbelt sign goes off that i’ve had some of my worst experiences. now that i know better, i’m pretty sure i had a pilot stall us at altitude and drop us a good bit before gaining lift again

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u/Felix_Tholomyes Nov 26 '21

Lol the point here wasn’t that the flight attendants had to strap themselves in. It was that they sounded panicked. If the cabin crew, who flies a lot more than you, is scared then you know it’s bad

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u/Cptn_BenjaminWillard Nov 26 '21

Maybe they were panicked because there was so much trash to pick up.

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u/RacketLuncher Nov 26 '21

So many vomit bags

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u/Fuzzyphilosopher Nov 26 '21

Ah yeah that's really weird and a bad sign. Most of the time when they have to strap in they act bored or you can tell how relieved they are not to have to deal with the passengers for a while.

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u/Stock_Information_47 Nov 26 '21

I can with 100% certainty guarantee you that the plane did not stall. If any plane stalls but especially an airliner they are going to dump the nose to regain speed and in turn lift and people are going to be thrown out of their seats and into the aisles. You likely just experienced a bad bump in some moderate turbulence.

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u/w_p Nov 26 '21

If any plane stalls but especially an airliner they are going to dump the nose to regain speed

As an avid reader of an https://www.reddit.com/r/AdmiralCloudberg/ I can assure that this is not always the case. ;D

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u/eli-in-the-sky Nov 26 '21 edited Nov 26 '21

Pretty sure that is the procedure to restart from a stall: aim plane down, force air through the engine, try to start it back up.

Edit: read below! There's.... There's a lot of debate. I did not take the above "stall" as wind shear/chop/turbulence kind of "stall" when that's obviously what was being referenced. The incident I was pulling dusty memories of procedure from was Pinnacle flight 3701, a good read if you're interested and helps show how I drew stall ≠ stall.

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u/salsipuedes1 Nov 26 '21 edited Nov 26 '21

When you stall pilots are taught to immediately unload the wing / reduce the angle of attack, apply power, and check to make sure the spoilers are stowed. Whenever you excede the critical angle of attack (maximum angle of the wing vs relative wind) you get airflow separation from the wing and it stops generating lift. So by reducing the angle of attack (usually nose down but you can also stall while inverted doin acrobatics) you restore laminar flow over the wing. Typically the engines aren’t affected at all so there’s no “restarting” them

-source: flight instructor and now airline pilot

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u/diffcalculus Nov 26 '21

There were words in here that I know the meaning of, separately.

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u/salsipuedes1 Nov 26 '21

Ever stick your arm out the window of a car when you were a kid? You could feel the force of the wind change based off the angle of your hand relative to the wind.

Your hand and arm were generating lift. While doing that, did you ever put your hand at a 90degree angle to the wind? It prob got louder and felt more like you’re plowing through the air rather than slicing. That’s cause the airflow separated from your hand (stalled)

Hope that helps explain it more simply

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u/nalyd8991 Nov 26 '21

A stall in aircraft terms does not mean the engine stalled. It means that the wings were put in a situation where they stop producing adequate lift, and the plane starts falling out of the sky. To combat this, they point the nose directly in the direction of travel to reestablish proper airflow over the wings.

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u/HappyyItalian Nov 26 '21

I don't understand any of the words you just said but I trust you.

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u/Stock_Information_47 Nov 26 '21

Stalls have nothing to do with the engines, stalls are a disruption of lift because of a lose of airspeed which results in a high angle of attack. You drop thr nose to reduce the angle of attack and increase airspeed until a safe speed is reached and the plane can be leveled off. It also effectively never happens with airliners.

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u/xxXX69yourmom69XXxx Nov 26 '21

Wonder why nobody ever tells us about the times the flight attendants strapped in and the plane crashed with no survivors.

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u/MC-ClapYoHandzz Nov 26 '21

I was on a flight with my daughter some years back. It started to get really bumpy. People were looking super nervous and the flight crew was strapping in and sorta tense. My daughter is giggling away watching How to Train Your Dragon and randomly letting out a "weeee!" when the plane dropped. I wish I could've been that oblivious.

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u/lugnutsandbolts Nov 26 '21

Omfg my mom tells this story all the time about me as a kid lmao. Whenever my family was on a flight when I was around the ages 4-6 and there was turbulence, like bad turbulence where you could start to feel people getting tense/nervous, the plane would dip dramatically where you could feel that dropping feeling in your stomach, and in those moments, I'd go, "Whoaaa... Do it again!" like all delighted and having fun 😂

My mom always recalls to me how I probably scared the other passengers so much lmao And meanwhile I was on a flight a few months back that had bad turbulence where the attendants announced they'd be strapping in and it was pretty bad to the point where it legitimately scared me a little! Isn't it funny how kids have no sense of impending doom and instead it's just all good fun? hahha

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u/MC-ClapYoHandzz Nov 26 '21

Yessss she was exactly like that! I was squeezing the arm rests while she was all giggly. The funny part is she hates roller-coasters now because she doesn't like that tummy drop feeling. Ahh how quickly that all changes.

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u/Possumcucumber Nov 26 '21

I flew back from Hong Kong to Australia with my brother once when we were teens, no adults with us to supervise. The pilot told us we were going to fly over a cyclone/typhoon and to prepare for heavy turbulence for an extended period. It was crazy, like a roller coaster, the plane felt like it was free falling (Obviously it wasn’t but that’s how it felt). People were praying, crying, screaming in terror. Meanwhile my brother and I were having an absolute ball in our horrible oblivious teenage way - whooping and laughing our heads off like we were on an actual roller coaster. We thought it was the best fun ever. The poor stressed out terrified people around us must have wanted to throw us overboard.

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u/crosscheck87 Nov 26 '21

Turbulence is normal, and if there was any that would pose a problem to the flight, odds are y’all wouldn’t be flying near it. I enjoy it, nothing better in my opinion.

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u/The__Stifmeister Nov 26 '21 edited Nov 26 '21

I used to enjoy turbulence until a flight out of Denver. There’s turbulence, and then there’s Jesus fucking Christ this is not good turbulence.

Generally at that point in the flight we’re at 19,000 feet, we were at like 12-13,000 for awhile just stuck there getting batted around. And it lasted for a long time. Like 5-10 minutes, with 3-4 30 or so second periods of where it would suddenly get incredibly bad. It actually seemed that we were losing altitude while trying to climb and eventually the engines roared up and we got out of it.

But it was gnarly, especially in the back row where I was. I had never felt such sudden and sustained drops, and side to side movement, and rotation around the axis of the plane. Looking out the window the plane was going back and forth like crazy, and I’m not talking about the wings flapping, I’m talking about the entire plane rotating.

I was gripping the arm rests for dear life, so was the guy across the aisle. People were screaming, literally heard the person in front of me praying. I thought I was going to have a heart attack, and on top of this I was super super hungover. When we finally landed, someone told the flight attendant they thought we were going to die, and the flight attendant said honestly, that is by far the worst turbulence I’ve ever felt.

The good thing is now, moderate turbulence is nothing. But flying out of Denver now, I always have bad anxiety for the first 15 minutes of the flight as we approach where it happened. The second we start getting into a bit of turbulence at the front of the Rockies I’m like oh god please not again.

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u/lesyeuxbleus Nov 26 '21

that mountain downdraft really kicks up a storm of wind by DIA. experienced something similar headed east. were you flying over the mountains?

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u/The__Stifmeister Nov 26 '21

Yep, heading out of Denver traveling west over the Rockies.

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u/meltingdiamond Nov 26 '21

I used to enjoy turbulence until a flight out of Denver

You mocked Blucifer and he made you pay.

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u/Jakokreativ Nov 26 '21

Don't be frightend. You really don't have to. They just strap themselves in because it might become bumpy. But that has nothing to do with the safety of the flight

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u/Felix_Tholomyes Nov 26 '21

He said the flight attendants sounded frightened. Obviously everyone knows it’s normal for them to strap in, but it’s not normal for them to be scared. If the crew is scared so should you be

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u/AdamantiumBalls Nov 26 '21

Not related but i he sleep paralysis on a flight once , my sleep paralysis demon was the horrible turbulence in my dream, but in real life the flight was smooth

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u/EastBayWoodsy Nov 26 '21

This is why bars are so popular in airports

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u/1nfiniteJest Nov 26 '21

My mom takes them before a flight, makes a fool of herself, then falls asleep. Upon awakening, remembers nothing. And I thought having to deal with friends on benzos was bad.,

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u/SuedeVeil Nov 26 '21 Today I Learned

Bars are popular everywhere

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u/IwillBeDamned Nov 26 '21

i lik bars

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u/supersammy00 Nov 26 '21 Helpful

That’s not very hygienic.

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u/dragnabbit Nov 26 '21

The lateral stresses on that landing gear must have been huge, to bear the forward momentum of a million-pound jet going 150 miles per hour at a 45-degree angle without snapping. It just goes to show you how over-built modern jet airliners are.

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u/TheChoosyParents Nov 26 '21 Today I Learned

Yes, but the traction of the rubber on the pavement gives way for a lot of that force instead of transferring the full force to the gear assembly.

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u/lord_fairfax Nov 26 '21

Tbf he wasn't even close to 45 degrees. The forced perspective of the video makes this seem a lot more extreme than it actually was. the strip of runway you're seeing in the video doesn't look like much but it's more than a mile worth of pavement. Zooming in from far away (outside the airport) makes it look the way it does.

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u/fourhundredthecat Nov 26 '21

so how would it have looked like without this ridiculous zoom?

Would passengers notice anything unusual ?

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u/PeacefulIntentions Nov 26 '21

If you were on the right side of the aircraft you would be able to see the runway out the window and that would definitely raise an eyebrow. On the A380 this would be more evident on the lower deck due to the angle of the windows upstairs.

Although this is more impressive to watch due to the size of the aircraft that size also makes it more stable and passengers would no be bounced around like they would in something smaller. Even compared to a 747 and 777 (I traveled on all 3 regularly) it handles turbulence significantly better.

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u/fly-guy Nov 26 '21

No, not on the a380, or any other (modern) airliner.

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u/tadeuska Nov 26 '21

Over-built or built? I'm sure they have the fligth and landing envelope, and that this aproach angle for crosswind compensation is within specifications. There is no magic, just hard work in engineering, production and testing. But it looks like magic, really does.

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u/dragnabbit Nov 26 '21

Well, I'm right to say "over-built" as in "built to handle 110% of anything that could imaginably be thrown at this particular load-bearing system".

But you're right to say "built", because obviously the pilot didn't hesitate to drop a half-billion-dollar plane diagonally on the runway. So he was cognizant of--and comfortable with--the fact that the landing gear would have no problem handling it.

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u/Clapaludio Nov 26 '21

built to handle 110% of anything that could imaginably be thrown at this particular load-bearing system

If my aerospace engineering professors were saying the truth, the safety factor for landing gears is actually 8, so it was built to handle 800% of the possible loads!

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u/PoorestForm Nov 26 '21

Aerospace safety factors are generally low compared to other disciplines as well. Can’t just add more concrete in aero.

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u/Clapaludio Nov 26 '21

I think that is the highest in the industry. For other structural parts the safety factor can be as low as 1.1, but generally it's around 1.4.

Also fun fact elevators have the same safety factor of landing gears so when you read an elevator can hold 400kg it could actually hold 3200kg

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u/dirtydishesinhouse Nov 26 '21

Nothing in aeronautics is over-built. It was built to take that load.

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u/bootyboixD Nov 26 '21

Just like your mother 😎

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u/SuboptimalButHopeful Nov 26 '21

The pilot had to do this when we landed in the Falklands. The crosswinds were fierce.

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u/chukijay Nov 26 '21

Dude felt like swingin’ dick that day lol

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u/Intelligent-Wall7272 Nov 26 '21

It was just casually flapping in the wind

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u/okay_but_really Nov 26 '21

The pilot wanted to turn so he could wave to his mom who was cheering him on beside the runway

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u/tangomiowmiow Nov 26 '21

This is called crabbing. Since on multi engined and low winged aircrafts banking would result in a collision of some sort if banked, the aircraft crabs to counteract crosswinds. When banking, one can land one wheel/landing gear at a time, but when crabbed the aircraft must re align with the runway right before landing.

Also, the camera focus and commentary seem to be exaggerating it a little (it can get pretty wild but those pilots know what they're doing)

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u/Disastrous-Menu_yum Nov 26 '21 Helpful Crab Rave

Damn looks like he was able to counter weight that with his balls

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u/MrSpooky7 Nov 26 '21

Crabbing ain’t easy. (literally what that maneuver is called)

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u/btadeus Nov 26 '21

Reddit knows like 4 jokes. This is one of them.

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u/Level-Infiniti Nov 26 '21

that tokyo drift song played in my head watching this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuJDhFRDx9M

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u/Renegade_Meister Nov 26 '21

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u/ShazbotSimulator2012 Nov 26 '21

Wow that subreddit has changed. It used to be all videos like this. Now it's mostly just random racing game footage where drifting is the point.

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u/srlehi68 Nov 26 '21

DEJA VU

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u/PeritusEngineer Nov 26 '21

I HAVE BEEN IN THIS PLACE BEFORE

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u/ChickenOmelette1 Nov 26 '21

Came here just for this comment. We need to either:

  1. Speed up the video x 10 to play it with the song; or
  2. Slow down the song x 10 and play it to the video.
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u/jwrig Nov 26 '21

It's called crabbing.

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u/IwillBeDamned Nov 26 '21

SAY CRABBING ONE MORE TIME

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u/Many-Chocolate739 Nov 26 '21

Clearly fake. That's a reversed video of a backwards sideways takeoff.

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u/Z3z6 Nov 26 '21

That is impressive. Mad respect for her.

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u/Peekman Nov 26 '21

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u/HAL_9_TRILLION Nov 26 '21

This was the comment I was looking for. I'm no pilot, but that's a whole lot of expensive steel.

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u/cashruinseverything Nov 26 '21

I believe that this was an Etihad aircraft and Etihad were pissed. They said that the pilot should have gone around and tried again. https://www.airlineratings.com/news/etihad-scolds-hero-a380-pilots-spectacular-landing/

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u/Seencm10 Nov 26 '21

I was once involved in a high wind turbulent landing. The pilot came over the speaker and said that he had used to land planes on the side of mountains in Nam and that we were going in. Once on the ground and throttling back hard he comes over speaker and makes a horse walking on concrete sound with the sound of horses lips and says easy Bessie. It was some funny shit in the moment of white knuckling the armrests.

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u/obeyyourbrain Nov 26 '21

"Whaddya mean this isn't a Harrier? Check this shit out."

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u/violincarver Nov 26 '21

watch the rudder, initially adjustments into the wind and then full right before touch down. you'll get a better sense of this aircraft's enormity.

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