Photo © Alberto Storti
I saw this great photo of an AZ 747-143 taking off from Milan in 1974. But I am struck by the technical details. Has this aircraft just had an engine failure? Note that the number 1 engine's sucker plates are closed, and that there is significant right rudder deflection even though the aircraft is banked for a left turn. The photo appears to have been shot from the ground - indicating that it was taken right after rotation. Is there any other explanation I am blanking on here for why the rudder would be deflected so significantly in a way that would appear to knock the airplane out of coordinated flight?