Shuttle3echo From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 126 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1376 times:
What are your best spectacular takeoff aircraft ?? ....mine is the DAS Air cargo DC-10 outta LGW ,takes up the entire runway and just seems to clear the perimeter fence!great for standing under though.Also the City Flyer Express ATR-42/72 which when airbourne seems to be at cruising altitude half way down the runway!.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8434 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1252 times:
Re DAS Air, a good friend of mine is a professional loadmaster and did one flight for DAS in one of their 707s (LGW-ATH-NBO-CAI-AMS-LGW) and I've posted the details of that eventful journey here before. But let me take this opportunity to remind you how they used to get the nose off the ground when they were overweight with poorly maintained engines: the captain would heave the control column back and forth to attempt to start a 'rocking' motion, trying to BOUNCE the nose gear on the tarmac to get some air under the wings and get the fucker to ROTATE. My loadie friend is very macho and proud but one time when we were talking about it when he was drunk he accidentally let it slip that when they got into the 'reds' (centre line lights: 'whites' all white, 'pinks' alternating white and red, 'reds' all reds) and the captain started bouncing the nose gear, a technique my friend had never come across at Dan Air, he threw off his harness and ran out of the cockpit cos he thought they were going to crash. He strapped himself into a seat in the single row in front of the G net next to an armed marshall and got into the brace position. As he pulled his head down he looked out the window and saw houses and trees just 100 feet below, not getting further away. He told me if they'd lost an engine they would have gone in a straight line til they hit a building or a hill. He tried to leave at Athens but due to the nature of the cargo (hence the marshall onboard) the aircraft was surrounded by armed guards and the next stop was Nairobi, so he decided to come home with the aircraft but it didn't get any smoother as the mission progressed. Search under DAS Air, you'll find more about them and it's all interesting.
Take offs are easy: throw yourself at the ground and miss.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
RonE From Israel, joined Jan 2001, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1190 times:
My first flight ever when I was four years old- I flew with El-Al from TLV to Cologne in one of their old 737-200's (we're talking about the early 80's). From what I remember we were rotating down the runway at breakneck speed and we seemed to have taken off at an almost vertical gradient, like a rockect launching up in the air. I know I was only four, so maybe my memory slightly exaggerated the experience but it certainly felt that way at the time!
BA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1116 times:
Mine had to be waiting to board a BWIA L1011-500 a good few years ago and seeing a Saudi Arabain 747SP gunning it's engines and roaring down the reasonabley short runway at St Lucia. It was more like i dragracer! and only got airbourne a few metres from the end of the runway, i felt for the fishermen in the shallows who almost were decapertated!
I'm still trying to figure out what that plane was doing there!
Aerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1078 times:
What's know as the viking takeoff in the military. Take a fighter, like the F-16. Full afterburner down the runway, get the gear up, DON'T climb, build airspeed to over 500mph, then just past the end of the runway, instantly pull straight up to the vertical.
HeavyCapt From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1066 times:
First time off a carrier. When I think of it, I still smile ear to ear. Then there was that time with Dirk out of EZE with that special "Flight Attendant training" going on.....Yeah that was a good one too.
Ambasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1058 times:
Best takeoff, my first right seat takeoff in a DC3.......
BA747-436, please dont glamorize things, that 747-SP had enough room to stop following an engine failure at V1, therefore it also had enough room to continue the takeoff and be at 35 feet over the end of the runway. So if this was the worst case scenario, I think that you will find that he did a bit better than this on all engines.
As for what the plane was doing there, what were you doing there? I think that you will find that the answers are the same......
Roberson From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1029 times:
The 737-200 is still one of the greatest takeoffs in my mind. The landings are pretty fun, too. I'm biased since I normally only ride on the old 737s of lowfare airlines due to a limited budget, but those birds sure are classics. I hope they are retrofitted and kept in service for a while to come.
AA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2560 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1019 times:
An AA757 from MIA... the pilot took the plane and whooosh, we were all deaf, and slammed back in our seats. It was Amazing, then she did this steep ascent out of MIA i felt like we were going up vertical... it was amazing.
Ganymed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1016 times:
A few years ago an Iberia MD-87 performed the most breathtaking t/o I've ever witnessed since I was a regular visitor on the the obs.platform here in ELLX .
Man this plane was climbing almost vertically right after lifting off from rwy 6 for one moment I thought it 's going to make a stall.
EI133 From Ireland, joined Jan 2000, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 986 times:
My best take off was on an Aer Lingus Bae 146 out of London City.The captain briefed us on our taxi out to the runway. The aircraft lined up and the brakes were applied.Full power was generated by the engines for up to two minutes and the plane just leapt into the air it was great.EI133
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