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Inverted Flight Demo

Sat Mar 02, 2002 4:17 am

I've heard that someone made an inverted flight demonstration over Seattle, on a 707 or dash 80, years ago. And I guess I've seen a pict of it.

Was it a special plane or did its normal configuration allow such maneuvers?

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RE: Inverted Flight Demo

Sat Mar 02, 2002 5:11 am

The Dash 80, flown by Tex Johnston. Boeing management was furious, but "Tex" explained that it was a harmless 1 G manuever which posed no danger to the aircraft.
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RE: Inverted Flight Demo

Sat Mar 02, 2002 5:25 am

Are there any photos available on the web?
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RE: Inverted Flight Demo

Sat Mar 02, 2002 5:44 am

Captjetblast: FDXmech has it right. "Tex" Johnson, possibly one of the world's great test pilots, performed his acrobatic feat on Aug. 7th, 1955, above a crowd of thousands at the Seafair hydroplane course on Lake Washington. If I remember correctly, he did one roll on one pass, did a 180, and did a second roll on the return pass. Tex Johnson is a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. To read about his life, the Smithsonian Institution Press has a biography by Charles Barton. Regards,
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RE: Inverted Flight Demo

Sat Mar 02, 2002 6:51 pm

There is a shot somewhere on This page.

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