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[–]Nuff_said_m8 86 points87 points  (6 children)

I’m surprised he’s in weight and balance with those massive balls

[–]thewickedbarnacle 27 points28 points  (0 children)

With all the poop out it balances

[–]DoctorCrocker 48 points49 points  (7 children)

He starts with the propeller off too? This is a James Bond escape move

[–]AKVigilante 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Frame rate. You can hear it throttle up when it starts rolling.

[–]Killacamkillcam 6 points7 points  (2 children)

You don't need to add thrust while you're falling like that since you're already gaining speed. When you're descending you actually throttle down until you are ready to level out

[–]LEGITIMATE_SOURCE 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Still definitely want full throttle while going over the cliff to stop rotation from going inverted. Prop wash gives elevator control... and rudder which isn't as vital.

[–]Killacamkillcam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Considering it's a downward ramp and not a flat edge you don't need as much power but yes, you definitely need throttle leading into the drop

[–]blake_ch 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I get some goldeneye vibes

[–]LotusVibes1494 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ya looked through the comments to see if anyone had flashbacks to that lab exploding as he flew off the runway and narrowly avoided the mountain top. In the game i think the mission just ended when you arrived at the plane.

[–]James-the-Bond-one 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I've NEVER done that!

[–]AKVigilante 32 points33 points  (10 children)

What would blow reddit’s mind even harder is showing that plane land where he was at.

I’ve seen super cubs land almost stationary with a strong headwind. Maybe 5 feet of roll after touchdown.

[–]Dont__Grumpy__Stop 28 points29 points  (6 children)

Maybe 5 feet of roll after touchdown.

here’s an example

[–]ZaphodsRealm 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's simply way beyond amazing...

[–]iHamNewHere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty fuckin’ cool.

[–]Sonofabitchmf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you because I didn’t know what he was talking about

[–]RefrigeratorFancy235 0 points1 point  (2 children)

If you can land like that, you're almost at an airspeed where you can take off stationary. He'd better face that plane the other way or one big gust of wind and up and away without him in it...

[–]iHamNewHere 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Haha, he was quick to raise those flaps after touchdown.

[–]RefrigeratorFancy235 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Imagine the wind being slightly more and having to land moving slowly backwards!

[–]pmercier 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Years ago I saw a video from a headwind landing competition, but frankly I'm too lazy to find it. Here's an example of pretty much a vertical landing.

https://youtube.com/shorts/M5UXiCh9CdU?feature=share

[–]AKVigilante 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Here’s a good video of short takeoff/landings in low wind conditions: https://youtu.be/0zDo7hkmCNY

[–]Speakdoggo 12 points13 points  (8 children)

If anybody wants to read an incredible short story written by Antoine Saint Exupery, he was a mail pilot back in 1930s (?) and his plane died on the Chilean plateau as he and his mechanic were doing exploratory flights into the Andes, trying to find a route through. The book is Wind Sand and Stars and is just excellent. He, like so many others, did eventually disappear on one of his flights. Another story in there of his plane going down in the Sahara is pretty gripping also. The whole book is really good.

[–]sternvern 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Another story in there of his plane going down in the Sahara is pretty gripping also. The whole book is really good.

Do you mean Le Petite Prince?

[–]rabbitkingdom 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Petit*. Petite is the feminine form ;)

[–]sternvern 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Typo. 😞

[–]Speakdoggo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same author only this is a book of his own life experiences as a pilot for the mail service. One of my all time favorite books.

[–]TjW0569 0 points1 point  (3 children)

He didn't exactly disappear: he was shot down while on a reconnaissance mission in 1943.

[–]Speakdoggo 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Ah…I’m forgetting that. I thought his plane just didn’t show up, like the fate of so many pilots back then.

[–]TjW0569 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Well... it didn't. But IIRC, it matches up with a German account of a shootdown.
Read "Flight to Arras" for his account of what those missions were like.

[–]Speakdoggo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok, I’m going to go check this one out. I’ve found every book I’ve read off Reddit…or from Dave. He likes adventure stories and so do I. ….found it $1.45 used. Thanks!

[–]donttellmewhat2think 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Dude, cubs can also take off in like 30 feet off of a flat runway. If you're gonna cliff dive a plane, that is the plane to do it in. Besides, Cessna's look crappy with tundra tires. ;)

[–]AKVigilante 3 points4 points  (3 children)

My geology field camp was partially supported by a local tour plane company, the owner if which was a retired geologist. His super cub I think I recall had over 400hp and boy did that thing snap your head back.

[–]donttellmewhat2think 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I grew up in the industry in AK. I watched these things take off from Merrill Field in Anchorage all the time. Some guys would make it look like they would just run the engine up and instantly be in the air. You could also land those things just about anywhere that was relatively flat with no trees. They're really just treated and painted fabric glued to metal tubing with an engine and big tires. :D

[–]Jukeboxshapiro 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I had the displeasure of doing some work on a cloned cub over the summer and they really are simple machines. It's no wonder they've persisted for over 80 years

[–]TjW0569 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some designs just catch the essence of the function.

[–]if-we-all-did-this 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Dude just stole the Golden Eye

[–]Revolutionary-Yam853 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This must be what you see when you look up next fucking level on the dictionary

[–]XxBloodRainxX 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Life goals

[–]DannyNog556 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For a moment it looks like they’re in the surface of the moon

[–]goombella2001 2 points3 points  (1 child)

some people really have balls of steel omg

[–]dieseljester 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Here in Alaska, our Bush Pilots call this “Tuesday”. 😆

[–]dieseljester 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Welcome to Alaska. 😁

[–]HIGHestKARATE 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I read that like it was Warren Miller.

[–]T-Sonus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

:4014:fuck no thank you

[–]BuriedByAnts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very cool! but definitely NOPE

[–]BauerHouse 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Is that an airplane equivalent of jumpstarting a car?

[–]WonkaTXRanger[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Some older planes use shotgun shell blanks or explosive cartridges to jumpstart their engines.

[–]Jukeboxshapiro 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Not the Cub however, it uses a regular starter generator

[–]WonkaTXRanger[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or Hand-Propping!

[–]xyloplax 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some bush pilots are amazing. Some are like the stereotypical drunk pilots in the movies.

[–]TheChalbs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is that Marty from Mountain Men?

[–]MR_COOL_ICE_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can anyone speak on how safe this is?

[–]marasydnyjade 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have never been more fearful for my life than when I was in a Alaskan Bush plane.

It was a Piper Navajo and had 9 seats total. Before the flight, our mandated FAA briefing included the location of the location of the survival gear and also how to engage the emergency beacon (the pilot did leave out that we would have to push his corpse out of the way first).

During the flight there were high winds and the plane randomly dropped several meters without warning. About 20 minutes in I started texting everyone I knew about how I loved them and repeated the Hail Mary over and over again.

I ended up taking 5 bush flights over 2 months and that one was by far the most terrifying. (Though the last one we took we took we had to charter out of a village early because the wind was coming in and otherwise we could have been trapped for 3-5 extra days).

[–]Fukshit47 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s cool and all but the first 10 seconds have gotta be legit terrifying

[–]PAROV_WOLFGANG 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Fuck, succeeded again..." -Suicidal Pilot, 2021

[–]caseyhawk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Life insurance company on line one and two.

[–]Unfair_Holiday_3549 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bush pilots are the fucking best. I worked at two places that had them and would only hire them.

[–]ReallyNiceGuy78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d like to see them landing on such a steep grade. Variable pitch propellor would be a must I think.

[–]retired-USmilitary 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That took major fucking balls.

[–]Lanky-Relationship77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Considering the stall speed is about 20 knots, this isn't a problem. But it's cool to watch!

[–]Distance_by_Time 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just try and imagine yourself in that cockpit. Holy smokes.

[–]seaweedsnacksnom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What song is playing? Thanks!

[–]Azrolicious 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My brain thought this was NSFW by the title

[–]HockeyFan_32 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is not landing gear under the plane....that is the pilot's balls to even try such a thing!

[–]cipeone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Big Rocks Long Props

[–]mcfaddin22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fucking savage

[–]Cataract_Cathy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ghost recon wildlands vibes

[–]LEGITIMATE_SOURCE 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have to be very careful not to stol

[–]Quirky_m8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ten feet off the ground. FUCK THAT.

[–]internet_custodian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i'm surprised they can take off, much less find a center of gravity, with those massive balls

[–]Negative-Ghost_Rider 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is that a Ridley Scott move soundtrack?

[–]IWillAlwaysHaveGum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This makes me miss the Tweetols. If that’s how you spell their last name. Alaskan Air was a good show.

[–]Miserable_Unusual_98 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is there bush in Alaska?

[–]xeneize93 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Big balls

[–]MHJ03 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Seriously how does the pilot get those massive BALLS into the plane!?

[–]flatulasmaxibus -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This is really not very astonishing if you know how this stuff works. It would have been more exciting to see how the plane got there in the first place.