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Amazing Airmanship...

Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:45 pm

This undoubtly has been discussed before, but after reading the thread about BA 009, I got to wondering as to what the best example of piloting and airmanship is out there? Past or present...

I'm going with an obvious choice, but Al Haynes and Dennis Fitch on UA 232 have to be right up there. Piloting a stricken DC10 by differential thrust alone is tremendous...my understanding is that they put test pilots in the sim afterwards and threw them the same scenario. Even knowing what they had to do ahead of time (Haynes and Fitch had to guess on the fly) the test pilots still couldn't pull it off. Good stuff...
 
joffie
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RE: Amazing Airmanship...

Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:14 pm

Air transit A330 where they ran out of fuel over the atlantic.

I am guessing this will be moved to preferences.
 
EGBJ
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RE: Amazing Airmanship...

Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:22 pm

My vote goes to the BAC 1-11 F/O who managed to land his craft with his captain practically out the window.
Agree with the above though.....gliding a 330 to a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic is a pretty incredible feat.....although if I remember the documentary on it correctly, the pilots where actually disciplined afterwards for ignoring their computers! Someone correct me if i'm wrong.

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Door5Right
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RE: Amazing Airmanship...

Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:25 am

I'll second the British Airways BAC1-11 incident (1990) mentioned by EGBJ above.

There is a precis of this incident on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_5390

The full Air Accident Report can be read here:

http://www.avsaf.org/reports/BRITISH...0.06.10_BritishAirwaysPlc_5390.pdf

By chance I was at SOU next day and saw the BAC1-11 with the mising window and blood still on the fuselage. Contacts in BA told me no-one could believe Captain Lancaster survived that incident with such minor injuries.

To land a commercial aircraft with your Captain having been sucked half way out the cockpit window, and only prevented from being completely sucked out by the bravery and speed of Nigel Ogden. Steward and other members of the cabin crew clinging to the Captains legs, must have been a very sudden and frightening experience. Yet training and airmanship skills took over and the co-pilot, Alistair Atchison landed the aircraft safely at Southampton airport.

For this extraordinary display of airmanship he was awarded The BALPA Gold Medal; The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable services in the Air; The Guild of Airline Pilots and Navigators Master’s Medal; The Hugh Gordon Burge Trophy for Safety; the IFALPA Polaris Award; The Federation Aeronautique Diploma for Outstanding Airmanship and the British Airways Award for Excellence.
My soul is in the sky...
 
EGBJ
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RE: Amazing Airmanship...

Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:25 am

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 3):
For this extraordinary display of airmanship he was awarded The BALPA Gold Medal; The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable services in the Air; The Guild of Airline Pilots and Navigators Master’s Medal; The Hugh Gordon Burge Trophy for Safety; the IFALPA Polaris Award; The Federation Aeronautique Diploma for Outstanding Airmanship and the British Airways Award for Excellence.

All deserved imo  bigthumbsup 

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