My apologies if this is common knowledge, but I recall seeing video of a 747 doing a barrel roll, filmed sometime in the 70's. Does anyone know the guy's name who did this hilarious-looking stunt? I believe his nickname was "Tex" and I think he caught some heat for doing so. Can anyone shed some light on this subject?
I think that it wasn't a 747, but actually the Dash 80 (707 prototype). If you have Discovery Wings you can watch a little segment they play about it between programs. I think its something about being witness to history. Sorry I can't help you more
"I expect he was cordially invited not to do it anymore." That he was.
Now for the surprise. If you had been inside the Dash 80 during the roll, with a cup of soda in your hand, you'd have felt no discomfort and have a full cup of soda at the end, except for what you drank during the roll.
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When I get home I will look at a book that I have called "Widebody", which is a non-fiction paper back on the history of Boeing. It has a blow-by-blow description of the event, including the conversations that took place after (particularly when it was made apparant by Tex to Allen that he barrel-rolled test aircraft a little more than on the odd occasion).
Apparently this was not the first time, nor was it the last time that Tex was fired for being a "cowboy". What do you expect from a man whos tradition was to get himself a new pair of cowboy boots when he was about to test fly an aircraft for the first time???