Almost but not quite. I am fortunate enough to live just a few kilometers away from the RNZAF base at Whenuapai in Auckland where the 757s are based so I get to see them 'practice' this quite often. Very cool though I am not sure I would want to be on the aircraft when it is performing these maneuvers...
Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 748 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 24613 times:
There is most likely no way to know this, but how fast were they going when they passed the camera? My best guess puts it faster than 150kts, but slower than 200kts. Too bad the clip ends just when it gets good!
Jc2354 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 554 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 24389 times:
Quoting Mason (Reply 14): There is most likely no way to know this, but how fast were they going when they passed the camera? My best guess puts it faster than 150kts, but slower than 200kts
I don't have my glasses with me (don't ask), but watching that great video a few times, I don't think he had any flaps deployed, was flying with a clean wing, so he was probably doing, if not more than, at least 200 kts.
After some TCAS sim training, which involved some wild maneuvers, we had an hour left in the time, and got to play around. It is amazing what this airplane can do!!
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9417 posts, RR: 11 Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 24249 times:
On a sidenote: The aircraft on the video is an ex-Transavia Airlines 757 right? In fact, all of NZAF 757s are formerly operated by Transavia Airlines of the Netherlands right? I had a tour inside one of these 757s when Transavia still operated them, the 757 really stands high, great aircraft!