Lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
I have seen the act at an airshow, billed as "The World's Smallest Aircraft Carrier". He not only lands on the truck but takes back off as well. It is a great demonstration of precise control not only by the pilot, but by the driver as well.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69 Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2649 times:
First time I saw this act was at a small airshow at Truckee California. The density altitude was probably well over ten thousand feet and it was really gusty. I didn't want to watch because I was pretty sure I was going to be a witness. He pulled it off okay but he can have my share of it.
Give me pinnacle ops in a helicopter any day.
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ThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1638 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2549 times:
Back in the day, our local airport had a J-3 pilot who occasionally took off across the runway when the tower gave him the green light.
Sure enough, starting at the taxiway hold line, he'd be airborne before he got to the other side of the runway. I never saw him land across a runway but the story was rampant that he had done just that several times.
The low-speed controlability of the J-3 is amazing; you could probably land one in your driveway and taxi into your garage.
Buzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 23 Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 2536 times:
Hi Hawk21, Buzz here. OK, you know how to draw me out... get some elderly taildragger aircraft questions going.
At Evergreen airfield (59S, soon to close for good) during one fly-in there was a stiff breeze from the northwest. One of the CFI's took a Cub up to about 500 feet, where the wind was stronger. Then at high angle of attack he reduced power and pretty much hung in one spot above the airport for a couple minutes. He must have become bored... did a few landings and put the J-3 Cub to bed. Some of us practice slow flight often, and become comfortable at it - when there's room underneath us to recover if we stall.
Taking off across a large runway? When the wind has exceeded the crosswind capability of your old airplane, then you operate into the wind, the ground roll is amazingly short. If there's a tower, you really should tell them your intentions if you -have- to land there (why not choose another place with grass in the right direction?), then declare an emergency and that permits the tower folks a lot more latitude in how they handle your unusual landings.
These old taildraggers are quite a bit different in their capability, and the way you fly them.
SuperDan From South Africa, joined Jun 2006, 11 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2290 times:
Hi guys, the signage is indeed just the sponsors of the stunt with the Cub.
As for the harvards, they were on South African tv a couple of months back, they use the same principle as skiers, their tires in this case acts as the ski's. They did mention that their main problem is guessing the height above the water, espesially if there's no ripples .
Fortunately not, not that I know of anyhow.
You can have a look at http://www.flyinglions.co.za/water_skiing.htm for more info , they mention in there that they had a team of divers and paramedics on standby as they did the stunt.
Beefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
At the Fargo, ND Airsho last July there was guy named Warren Pietsch who was trying to land his Cub on top of a small motorhome. It was very gusty with a crosswind that day so he gave up after about 4 attempts.
I agree with the other though, while you are watching this you really do think you are about to witness an accident.
This link will take you to their website where you can see lots of pictures. There is also a video clip of this act being performed which you HAVE to watch.
ATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2094 posts, RR: 39 Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2075 times:
Quoting ThirtyEcho (Reply 11): The low-speed controlability of the J-3 is amazing; you could probably land one in your driveway and taxi into your garage.
Oh yea. Ive sen a cub personally land in less than 50ft. My shortest distance was around 150. (Im not too Cub proficient yet)
Quoting Ilikeyyc (Reply 20): and a successful take-off from a trailer. I would like to know how this airplane lands at this field. Does it just slide in on the grass?
Yea. I saw a Super Cub on straight floats land on the grass. Kinda justs skids on. (Was early morning with dew on the grass). Then I saw it later take back off from a trailer, was a cool thing! (didnt have my cam )
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L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29513 posts, RR: 59 Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2066 times:
Quoting ATCT (Reply 22): Oh yea. Ive sen a cub personally land in less than 50ft. My shortest distance was around 150. (Im not too Cub proficient yet)
Me two, seen one fly backwards, and land vertically too. It isn't uncommon to see a SuperCub get off the ground within it's own length. Of course those are usually pretty tricked out.
About the most interesting cub experiment I thought came out of WWII. The US Navy put L-4 Grasshoppers (Cubs) on LST's and flew spotting missions with them. In order to get enough deck space they stored the aircraft topside on their noses. To land the aircraft, a cable was strung up off the side of the ship and the aircraft equiped with a hook on the top of the airplane. The pilot had to snag the cable with the hook, shut down and then the plane was craned over to the deck of the ship and stacked on its' nose with the other aircraft.The aircraft could also take off from that cable.
Sorry only photo I could find of the system.....I know that is an L-5 not an L-4.
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