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Best Takeoff  
User currently offlineShuttle3echo From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 126 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1215 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!.

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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

Of the ones Ive seen the best was a Korean Air 747-400 take off from London Heathrow, high speed and steep, SPECTACULAR!!!! Smile


.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7925 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1091 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
User currently offlineShuttle3echo From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1064 times:

Thanks for that ..........so it looks like nothings really changed at DAS AIR CARGO !

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

Finnair DC9!!!!!!! WOW! I couldnt beleive how fast we got to our cruising altitude!!! Also ATRs they sure do climb fast.


Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1031 times:

When I'm in an aircraft, the best take-off's are those where the ground disappears rapidly and I don't see it again that close for several hours.

In terms of a/c, the 757's and the MD80/90's out of LHR make most other jets look like hover craft.



L1011 - P F M
User currently offlineRonE From Israel, joined Jan 2001, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1029 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!

User currently offlineMbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1020 times:

About ten years ago, on a NW 757 flight from DTW to PHX. It was a cool evening and there were no more than fifteen passengers on board. It felt like a rocket to the moon.

User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1021 times:

I must say that the most spectacular takeoff I've seen is a TG 747-400 at CPH. I cann tell you that it was much funnier to see then all the small MD-80's and 737's that SAS fly out all the time.

GOT



Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineAirbusluver From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 995 times:

757. That thing rockets down the runway.

User currently offlineThud From Pakistan, joined Aug 2000, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 986 times:

All,
Nothing beats Concorde. I had the pleasure about 10 years ago. Staff ticket you see...


User currently offlineJmacias34 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 969 times:

757 @ SNA
The runway is somewhere around 5500ft long. Also aren't there some boarding restrictions @ SNA?
Joe


User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 955 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!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy 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!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
I'm still trying to figure out what that plane was doing there!
rgrds-Dan



Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
User currently offlineEarly Air From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 611 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 917 times:

I like the long take off and landings that all of the 747 series have.

Rgds,
Early Air


User currently offlineAerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 917 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.  Wow!

User currently offlineHeavyCapt From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 905 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.

Brock "rememberthespeedcallouts...youmoron" Mandrake


User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 897 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......


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 41
Reply 17, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 877 times:

The best planes on takeoffs are the big birds, like 744 or C-5. Nothing beats An-225 though  Wink/being sarcastic


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineRoberson From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 868 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.

User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2541 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 858 times:
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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.
-AA777


User currently offlineGanymed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 855 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.


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7925 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 833 times:

For me it was a Finnair MD80 at dawn out of Heathrow, and most 737-200s tend to be rockets, especially one I remember from Gatwick (Transavia to Amsterdam).

Of course the real hotrod is the 757-200.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 831 times:

AirHongKong 742F out of Man! watched it yesterday and it went up like a dream! it was as smooth as you like and pretty steep.

Also USAIRWAYS A332 was really impressive

regards BDRules

ps my best tak off was in BA 732 it was very steep out of BHX


User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 829 times:

Nearly-Empty 747-400, WOW! There were only 40 pax on board the 744, man, did that thing make a normal 757 boring!  Smile





User currently offlineEI133 From Ireland, joined Jan 2000, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 825 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


25 Olympic A-340 : My BEST take off was on an ASA Canadair Regional Jet from Melbourne-Atlanta. It was an empty flight except for us and 3 other people. We literally sho
26 NY-JFK-LGA : For me, the best ever takeoff jet is the MD-80 series, omg it really J-E-T-S!! My take off in my one of my dream aircraft, Delta's MD-88, those engine
27 TEDSKI : My best takeoff would have to be on a RR Trent 892 powered Delta 777-200ER from MCO to ATL. Even with a full load of passengers, cargo, & fuel the air
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