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"Suicide Circle" In Charleston S.C.  
User currently offlineCHS787 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 14 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6804 times:

I saw a video years back that had a C-17 on approach in Charleston, South Carolina, to rwy15, they went down to minimums on the ILS and broke off of the approach to "circle and land" on rwy21.. They called it the "Suicide Circle" and I imagine banking a C-17 over 60 degrees at 1/2KM out and 200AGL from the airport is quiet an accomplishment but I have tried and tried but the footage is gone from the internet.. Can anyone tell me how to find that footage again?

It was cockpit footage, and in the background was the annoying, "TERRAIN TERRAIN, PULL UP, PULL UP"

The whole time you could see that these pilots were the master's of the aircraft, I was impressed by the calmness they showed in a deliberate situation they brought upon themselves..

Much appreciation from this guy!!

This is my very first post after reading for better than (well since airliners.net started) I finally had to break the silence..

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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6171 times:

I haven't seen the video, but it sounds impressive for sure.

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User currently offlinePetera380 From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6005 times:
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I've seen C130's, C141's and C5's do this, I believe this is what they call a combat landing, that is staying as high as possible for as long as possible and then get down as fast as possible. Fun to watch.

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12336 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5876 times:

A circle to land approach is not dangerous, as long as the airplane stays within its performance specs and does not get below MDA. We did these from time to time at PSM in the KC-135A, no big deal.

User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3106 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5770 times:

Had to look up the airport diagram.

Trying to picture it... Did they circle with a right or left bank?

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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12336 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5164 times:

Quoting 4holer (Reply 4):
Trying to picture it... Did they circle with a right or left bank?

Seems to me the circle would be to the east of the airport.

User currently offlineCHS787 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4740 times:

This approach I haven't seen since the main runway went down for re-construction and I know these are training flights. There was an awesome video of it, it is not a combat approach i.e. full flaps/spoilers/engines in reverse on approach kinda of thing with a 6+ degree approach path.. They make a normal ILS into KCHS on RWY15, break at minimums, make a hard left turn better than 60 degrees of bank, go wings level, make another hard right turn to land on RWY21.. It is fun to watch these guys and gals perform this maneuver but I wanted to see if any of you guys could remember/find that cockpit footage..

User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 11900 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4255 times:

Quoting CHS787 (Thread starter):

I don't know if there's anything different in a military circling approach, but I was on a B6 A320 that did one into LGB in July. Basically, we did the ILS to runway 30. Once we broke out of the clouds, and I could see out of the window (prob. around 700-1000 feet), we had swung around to the left of the airport. We went a bit past it, then did a tight 180 to land on runway 12. We finished the 180 only about 5 seconds before passing the fence - I'm guessing we were at about 150 feet. Landing proceeded normally, with touchdown about 1500 feet down the runway.

Granted, you won't do a 60-degree bank in normal commercial ops with passengers. But it was still awesome!  

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