SJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1480 times:
Let me set the story up...and then we'll see if anybody else has noticed this about Kitty Hawk(KH) 727 take-off's...
In April of 1998, I was in Phoenix standing atop the middle garage taking photos. Kitty Hawk 727 landed, I got great photos of it taxing by the connector shoot, and the Co-Pilot was looking right at me. Didn't think much about it, and a while later, KH 727 taxi's for take off and I'm momentarily distracted by another jet as KH 727 rolls for take off. I hear a screaming noise only to turn around and see the KH 727 doing a near vertical hotdog take off after only rolling to about as far as the new America West wing at PHX(Phoenix - SkyHarbor, Arizona/USA) and damn near tail-standed the 727(for MY benefit I think....) on take-off,...off course I missed it,,as I wasn't expecting it.(I was video-taping)...they dropped the nose and powered out,,,but I've never seen a 727 take off like that.
Then, last night, at SJC(San Jose, California/USA) Kitty Hawk 727 with a white nose cone, again, in the fading twi-light of a beautiful orange/high cloudy sunset, after waiting about 20 minutes to depart...(this time, I had the video rolling...but not expecting a Hot-Dog'er) the 727 rolls about 1/3 to 1/2 the runway and again pulls a very steep rotate and again about 1 second later, pulls it back even farther(for MY benefit again...I think) into a very steep climb-out...which is never done at SJC. Most 727 from UAL or Delta or the freighters....normally use the standard take off roll. Has anybody else seen Kitty Hawk do this..? Please elaborate...!! Do you think the Pilots saw you and Hot-dogged a take for you..?
PS SFO Airline collectible show is 9/1...
I'll have the tape rolling at the show....ask for the Kitty Hawk take off and I'll show you...
Timmsp From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1385 times:
There is a KH 727 that is comes to MSP fairly often. I've seen the same type of takeoff a couple of times. Never got a picture of it yet though.
It might be common thing with cargo pilots? I was at MSP last weekend and the NW 3 Speed Select 747 was in town - maybe for maintenance because this was the first I have seen it in person.
Anyways, 30R is about 10,000 ft long and a departure rush was going on. Somehow the pilot got permission to taxi onto 30R about 10,000 ft from the arrival end of the runway leaving only 9,000 ft. I thought this strange but what happened next was even stranger. I would say that within 6,000 ft the 747 had the main gear off the runway and was climbing out of MSP like a 757.
Flygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1336 times:
My guess is that they have a light load and are just having a little bit of fun. After all no pax on board to complain!
On a similar note, I was at OAK a couple of weeks ago and watched the US Marshall's MD87 take off in a similar manner. It departed from 27L at the north field. After a short take off roll, she pulled up into a very steep climb. It almost looked like it was going to stall and then at about 2000', she lowered the nose to a more normal climb attitude. I guess they wanted to give the prisoners in the back a little bit of a thrill.
DE727UPS From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1292 times:
When you fly a jet you rotate and initially climb at certain speeds that depend on your takeoff weight. If you are empty, which isn't all that rare in the freight business, (don't ask me how we make any money) the pitch attitude at V2 plus 10 can approach 20 degrees nose up...pretty impressive. It's fun to fly a plane that light and see what it can do....I don't think of it as "hot dogging" or whatever.
You don't see it from a spotters perspective....but a 727 coming down as fast as it can is a lot more impressive than one going up as fast as it can...he he he.....
Doug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3378 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1281 times:
i work as a kittyhawk ramp rat and PDX, (only with arrivals, not departures, so I've never seen a crazy t/o. However, A few weeks back the pilot TOTALY dicked with the nose marshaller. he was swerving all over the centerline and driving the nose marshaller insane! It wasn't untill she saw the pilot laughing that she got what was going on.
SJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1275 times:
you're right..I have a video shot way back in about 1986 at SJC of a FedEx 727 dropping like a rock to 30L....then bouncing up about 20ft after nailing the runway....
the Roadway Global Air 727's and the Capitol Cargo 727's that used to land at SJC in the AM were always doing something out of the ordinary.......bouncing big time,,,and then the usual engine surge and backfire of flame out the engine...pieces of ^$#&^()..!
that's a good one,,ha ha ....have they ever turned on the nose gear lamp on ya..?
AM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1238 times:
They should be careful about those take-offs. A TAESA DC-9-32 stalled a few months ago at Urapan,Mexico. 19 people were killed. The airplane was empty, bound for a short travel to MEX(40 minutes away) and it still stalled. That sure was a hotdog. You just can't pull the plane as far as you want to.