Re: First Flights on airliners

From:         megazone@obsidian.WPI.EDU (MegaZone23)
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Date:         08 Jan 93 01:30:33 PST
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In article <airliners.1993.25@ohare.Chicago.COM> dseelema@zeus.UWaterloo.ca (Alek Seelemann) writes:
>no-no #1) is a mystery. Boeing cleaned up because the 707 was so  
>over-designed it could (and did, once) perform barrel rolls. Very  
>confidence inspiring!

OK, actually that was the prototype 367-80 that rolled on a demo flight,
I believe the pilot was Tex Johnson..

Of course it seems impressive, but it is more pilot skill. A well designed,
not necessarily over-designed, airframe can barrel roll. Propperly done
it is a 1g manauever. It looks fantastic, but it isn't really that much
of a demonstration. I've seen films of helicopters, I mean big cargo
choppers, barrel rolling. It is more a measure of the pilot than the plane.

Of course it is still a good selling point since most people don't know
the physics... Now, an aerleron roll would be impressive...

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