Date: 04 Jun 97 13:04:00 From: "John Arsenault" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Dell Computer Corporation References: 1
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email@example.com wrote in article <airliners.1997.1141@ohare.Chicago.COM>... > I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me here. On a > recent flight a friend and I were musing on whether a commercial jet (In > this case it was a DC9) could handle a barrel roll. Now I know there are > all sorts of factors to consider like at what speed, and perhaps how fast > the roll itself was executed, but I would appreciate any input anyone > might have. A Boeing test pilot ( Tex Johnson ?) rolled the first 707 over Puget Sound in front of a crowd assembled to see the flight. It was not a company approved manuever and I believe he was fired. I recall seeing a video on the TV show WINGS. There was an incident over 15 years ago where a flight crew had inadvertantly rolled a 727. I don't recall all the details but the crew had deployed a unit of flaps while in cruise ( to achieve faster cruise speeds, I think) and one side failed to extend. The flight crew recovered and the rest was uneventful. I believe Boeing provided a mod to prevent this type of activity. If executed correctly you probably could barrel roll any commercial jetliner since it only puts 1 G on the aircraft. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong!