Practice Makes Perfect! Boeing prepares the 787-9 Dreamliner for the 2015 Paris Air Show
Just when you thought commercial air travel couldn’t get any scarier, Boeing goes ahead and releases its rehearsal video from the new Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 taking off in Washington, in which the pilot makes some insane maneuvers before touching down safely again at the end.
You don’t need to watch the whole video to be shocked to your very core though – the takeoff alone will achieve that.
As for how the heck a commercial plane of that size is able to takeoff at such a drastic angle without stalling, Boeing has told the media they’ll be keeping that secret to themselves.
Not to burst the company’s bubble or anything, but experienced 767 pilot Patrick Smith has suggested there is some camera trickery involved in the awe-inspiring footage.
“It looks like the takeoff is at a near vertical 90-degree angle,” said Smith. “Trust me – it’s not.”
“Presumably the plane had a very light fuel load, no freight, so it would have been able to perform a steeper than normal ascent, but not to the extent the video seems to show.”
He said in a blog via AskthePilot.com that even a 20-degree pitch-up on takeoff is pretty strong when carrying passengers. That being said, he’s not denying that a takeoff of the magnitude implied in the video isn’t possible.
“But for demonstration purposes, under lightweight conditions, it’s perfectly natural for this airplane to do that,” he wrote, adding, “it’s nothing dangerous.”
Perhaps Patrick Smith is right, but it’s probably going to take more than an online blog to convince most of us to set foot on THIS flight any time soon!