Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 21:48:13 +0100
From: "Tony Davies" <*******@xtra.co.nz>
I'm the display pilot of the RNZAF B757 video you posted. I'm not a
member of airliners.net and probably won't join either. But there is
quite a bit of speculation in the threads about technical details of the
maneouver we displayed. If you want to post the facts then send me an
email and I'll give them to you. I also have plenty more spectacular
videos of other maneouvers perform with out B757s.
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 21:19:05 +1300
From: "Tony Davies" <******@xtra.co.nz>
To: "Dylan Phelps" <*********@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: B757 Videos
I was the captain of that particular shot, filmed during a Squadron open-day a couple of years ago. It's part of a routine that has been performed over thirty times at various airshows and practices around the world including RIAT Fairford 2003, Kemble 2006, RAF Waddington 2006, Warbirds Over Wanaka 2004, Avalon 2005.
The low pass is flown into wind at 350 knots (indicated) and 100 feet above the runway. It's a 2g pull up to between 45 and 55 degrees nose up pitch (although there has been higher) and the zoom climb ends at an altitude between 8000 and 10000 feet depending on the type of pull up used. The sequence does not end with a loop as some of the readers speculate, but in fact with a 60 degree wingover at around 220 knots. It is easily possible to enhance this maneouver with a steeper climb and bank but there is no need - it is spectacular already, and safe.
The aircraft is NZ7572 (formerly PH-TKB of Transavia) and it's sister ship, NZ7571, is seen in the foreground of the video shot. Both aircraft are operated by 40 Squadron at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Whenuapai in Auckland, New Zealand. It is a B757-2k2 with RB211-E4 engines, shortly to become E4Bs.
Feel free to post this information if you so desire. If you want more details, I can provide. I can also pass you more videos of other maneovers we have done but I am a little busy right now and need some time to convert them to MPEG. I have attached a shot of the same aircraft involved with a formation practice for a London flyover with 3 Typhoons taken in November this year, as well as a quick shot taken from inside the B757 at the same time.
Great inside information, thanks very much for sharing with us. AWESOME looking 757!
Captain Davies, thanks very much for the information you provided and for your service to your countries' Armed Forces. We would like to see you make it to MAF some time for our annual airshow, if you ever make it to the Central US!