ANA777Master From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 19102 times:
My apologies if this is common knowledge, but I recall seeing video of a 747 doing a barrel roll, filmed sometime in the 70's. Does anyone know the guy's name who did this hilarious-looking stunt? I believe his nickname was "Tex" and I think he caught some heat for doing so. Can anyone shed some light on this subject?
B747_A340 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 19005 times:
I think that it wasn't a 747, but actually the Dash 80 (707 prototype). If you have Discovery Wings you can watch a little segment they play about it between programs. I think its something about being witness to history. Sorry I can't help you more
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 18104 times:
"I expect he was cordially invited not to do it anymore." That he was.
Now for the surprise. If you had been inside the Dash 80 during the roll, with a cup of soda in your hand, you'd have felt no discomfort and have a full cup of soda at the end, except for what you drank during the roll.
B727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 17129 times:
When I get home I will look at a book that I have called "Widebody", which is a non-fiction paper back on the history of Boeing. It has a blow-by-blow description of the event, including the conversations that took place after (particularly when it was made apparant by Tex to Allen that he barrel-rolled test aircraft a little more than on the odd occasion).
Apparently this was not the first time, nor was it the last time that Tex was fired for being a "cowboy". What do you expect from a man whos tradition was to get himself a new pair of cowboy boots when he was about to test fly an aircraft for the first time???