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Most Hair-Raising Takeoff You've Seen  
User currently offlinePw4460 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4403 times:

So how bout it?...What takeoff did you see that had you questioning whether the plane would end up in the air, or end up all over the evening newscast??

For me there were a few of them, but the most memorable was last summer in ATL. It was a hot Saturday morning with no wind and an east departure flow. Sitting in one of the parking lots of the Tradeport just east of the 9L dep. end. The takeoffs were pretty stale with the runway being as long as it is, when suddenly I saw the most captivating thing...A DL MD-11 hauling "you know what" down the runway heading straight for me (DL #55, to NRT). Actually, I could only see the #2 engine due to slope of the runway, but it sounded like 1000 freight trains running at full power and it's speed was incredible!

My view of the runway end was blocked by a grove of trees, and because the jet ran all the way to the end I never saw it leave the ground, but the noise was heart-pounding. It kept getting louder and louder but I still couldn't see it when suddenly, like a jack-in-the-box, it popped up over the trees, landing gear just retracting. It plowed right over my head (and the considerably taller building behind me!!), with a quick screaming blast from the engines, and within two seconds it was gone...Pushing off to the east and leaving behind a thundering roar, AND a strong a wake vortex!! Never before have I felt wake turbulence from a DEPARTING jet!  Wow!

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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4398 times:

This comes to mind (I was standing on the other side of the runway):

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These NW DC-10's keep doing this lately at LGW,

Sam Big thumbs up

Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3783 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4387 times:


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regards, Florian

Jet Visuals
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4345 times:

Wow, this is an easy question. At my home field in the U.S, whose elev. is 3000 ft, a 172 with four rather big men in it attempted a take off on a day with well above standard temp. and winds gusting to 25 kts from the side.

He started the roll , managed to climb about 50 ft and then stalled the thing. He shoved the nose down and managed to flare with mininum alt. left, bounced a few times and overran the runway into the grass. He then came taxying by, let one of the guys off and then took off! He actually made it this time, barely...


Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4336 times:

No mention of 21st October 2003, A340600!?

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3926 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4325 times:

Standing next to the runway with the Concorde screaming by at LHR... insane.

User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 4309 times:

Waiting to see Concorde depart MAN -were talking a good few years now-, a PIA 747 (it might have been Cathay Pacific, i was young then..)It started the roll, and kept on going, and going, past the old hangars (where usually there up in the air by now), and going, lol and going, i then saw it, barely getting any air.
It must have been well over the overrun area by the time it was actually up, kinda scary to think had it been 6 seconds later, it would have been crashing into the ditch below.
Thats what happens when you get a near-full aircraft on a sunny calm day, the PIA's are usually the ones who use the most runway though, at times you think the 747's are never going to get airborne.

User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4277 times:

Thats what happens when you get a near-full aircraft on a sunny calm day, the PIA's are usually the ones who use the most runway though, at times you think the 747's are never going to get airborne.

Yup they sure do use a lot of runway. I was walking accross the Alpha carpark last summer when a PIA 743 was taking off on 06L. I thought it was never going to get airbourne!

It finally got airbourne between JA1 and J1. (the 2 taxiways at the very end of the runway)


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4257 times:

It was in 2000 at the Sussex arshow. I was sure the plane would hit a tree as it took off. I was sure that it would hit a tree and crash into the field and the pilot would be made fun of for months to come. But I was wrong. The plane did indeed crash into the tree, but since the pilot and 2 pax died there was nobody to make fun of  Sad

User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4251 times:

Last summer I was standing next to a grass rwy close to my summer house when a C172 took off. The pilot was a student pilot that was making his second takeoff from grass. When he rotated he passed over a small bump and jammed the tail into the ground. Another second later he was climbing at a very steep angle. For a while it looked like he was going to stall but I guess that the instructor took over right before. After a quick circut they landed again. Fortunetly there were only a few scratch marks on the tail, and probably on the students head after the instructor was done with him.  Wink/being sarcastic

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