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Shortest Takeoff Roll

Mon May 24, 2004 12:22 pm

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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Mon May 24, 2004 4:55 pm

A Bell 206 Jetranger. Didnt last longer than a second! The rwy required was also remarkably short!!!! Big grin
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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Mon May 24, 2004 7:33 pm

Less than 10 seconds in a Cub every time I go up.
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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Tue May 25, 2004 2:59 am

About 8 or 9 yeras ago, I flew on UA 757. From Vancouver to Seattle. The flight had a light loads. The 757 took off rolling was very short! Just in 20 seconds and less than 3,000 feet. I saw the runway intersection just before we lift off. I measure it from start to lift off on airport chart map. It's 3,000ft! It's amazing.

A 15 years ago, I flew MSP-MSN on NWA 727-200. It was very cold and light loads. I think at least 20 seconds about 3,000ft roll and lift off the ground. It was interesting flight!


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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Tue May 25, 2004 4:33 am

I flew a C-150 last weekend and took off in a 18 kt headwind. The take off roll was ridiciously short, don't know how many seconds, but it certainly was my shortest ever.

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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Tue May 25, 2004 4:56 am

About a second in a McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter at niagara falls-and the takeoff length was quite short as well!  Big thumbs up

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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Wed May 26, 2004 6:05 am

I didn't time it, but a tactical take off in a Herc - engines revving, brake on - you can feel the resistance...then release - awesome!!!!
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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Wed May 26, 2004 12:40 pm

Not counting my 4 Helicopter flights (you just takeoff, you dont have a "run"  Laugh out loud), the shortest would have to be the Dornier out of AGX and some RUssian 12 seater out of a hill station called Bhuntar in the Himalayas.

The Dorniers seem to take off at a very low speed. It is off the ground when u dont expect it! THe Beechcraft also has this tendency to JUMP off the runway.

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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Wed May 26, 2004 11:29 pm

MMM.....lets see, I guess it must be on a Fokker 50

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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Thu May 27, 2004 3:10 am

take off roll tend to be short when high winds are blowing of the Future
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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Thu May 27, 2004 2:03 pm

Took off the other day out of SLC on 767-300ER with about 160 empty seats. 12 seconds from throttle up to mains breaking ground! Did have about a 15-20kt rolling start and a pretty brisk headwind.
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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Thu May 27, 2004 11:27 pm

About a 200 foot ground run.
In a skid-mounted helicopter.

Oh, wait, that was the longest!
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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Fri May 28, 2004 4:34 am

Believe it or not, an A346! Last November at an airshow at Overberg air force base, at sea level, 35 pax no cargo minimal fuel full thrust, it can't have been more than 5 or 6 seconds from brakes off to airborne and a very fast steep climb!
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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Sat May 29, 2004 12:44 am

On a Frontier Airlines 737-291Adv, N7355F taking off out of Rockford, Illinois on 15 February 1986. It was bitterly cold out and we used about 2,000 feet and we were off like a homesick angel. We climbed so steeply I almost passed out from the Gs we pulled. We only had about 30 passengers on board. It must have been between 10-15 seconds...if that....
Thats my most memorable one...

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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Tue Jun 01, 2004 7:28 pm

Cali,Colombia to Miami back in 91 on an Avianca 727-200. The flight only had 13 PAXS. I'm guessing 15 seconds .
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RE: Shortest Takeoff Roll

Wed Jun 02, 2004 12:02 am

Shortest takeoff roll for myself in a fixed-wing was as a passenger in a DHC-6 Twin Otter on the Caribbean Island of Saba. We were light with 6 pax, 2 crew and half a fuel load, and used less than 600 feet of the 1300' runway.

Two weeks later, after a request to do the "Gee-Whiz" T/O, the crew let the Twin Otter roll-off the end of the short runway into thin air off the cliff, a few hundred feet above the ocean. To those back in the cabin not initiated with the unorthodox procedure, a few rose off their seats convinced that we would fall off the end of the runway into the water below.

Saba's little airport, along with that of St. Barts, must rank as the most fun in terms of T/O's and Landings.

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