Archive for Propeller

This is one crazy archive video showing the crop dusters of Columbia back in the ’50s. Spraying cotton was quite a business back then, but what really stands out is the incredible maneuvers these pilots performed with their little Piper Cubs to spread the load evenly. No wonder they were called daredevil aerial crop dusters… check it out!

Daredevil crop dusters

Very cool video filmed by the guys at Jones Air, Australia. Great images showing the dangers but also the thrills of aerial crop dusting. This job requires not only great skill but also a lot of attention, one of the main reasons this profession has such a high number of fatal accidents is the high number of power lines these pilots must avoid while trying to get the best coverage possible, and that is just during the day. Imagine what these guys face during night flying… Enjoy the Air Tractors and their pilots at work in this great aerial crop dusting video.

Aussie crop dusters

Ever wondered what a World War II airplane could do to a helicopter? Well this short video will quite clearly showcase the destruction an airplanes propeller can cause to a helicopter. That poor Jet Ranger “parked” nicely on the grass is nothing more than chewing material for that big brutes propeller.

Plane vs. Helicopter

If you are passionate about low level passes here is a compilation of some low level action in various aircraft ranging from high speed military jets to big airliners to small piston aircraft. Enjoy the last part of the low pass compilation series!

Low pass compilation no.3

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If you are passionate about low level passes here is a compilation of some low level action in various aircraft ranging from high speed military jets to big airliners to small piston aircraft. Enjoy the second part of the low pass compilation series!

Low pass compilation no.2

Low pass compilation no.1

If you are passionate about low level passes here is a compilation of some low level action in various aircraft ranging from high speed military jets to big airliners to small piston aircraft. Enjoy this compilation series!

Low pass compilation no.1

Wayne Mackey incredible short landings

Wayne Mackey won the 2008 Short Takeoff and Landing competition in the experimental category at the “May Day” Fly-In & Air Show in Valdez, Alaska. His plane is a replica of the well known Piper J-3 Cub and he won the experimental category with an incredible takeoff distance of 49 feet, and an equally impressive landing distance of 71 feet. Check out some of his very impressive short takeoffs and landings out in the bush.

Wayne Mackey incredible short landings

Turbine cubs

Turbine Cubs of Wyoming are the guys building this replica of the famous Piper Cub. These are very nice little planes for bush flying and stuff like that. Anyway, check out this amazing video of these airplanes in actions… pretty cool scenery!

Turbine cubs

This is a compilation of some of the greatest low passes ever, soundtrack of the video is The Who – Baba O’Riley. Lots of action here, from low flying airliners to high speed jet fighters going down on the deck. Enjoy a great video!

The low pass

Robert A. “Bob” Hoover (born 1922) is a former air show pilot and United States Air Force test pilot. His personal trademark is a wide-brimmed straw hat and wide smile.Bob Hoover is best known for his air show career, which started when he was hired to demonstrate the capabilities of Aero Commander’s Shrike Commander, a twin-engined piston business aircraft which had developed a rather staid reputation due to its bulky shape. Hoover showed the strength of the plane as he put the aircraft through rolls, loops, and other maneuvers which most people wouldn’t associate with executive aircraft. As a grand finale, he shut down both engines and executed a loop and an eight-point hesitation slow roll as he headed back to the runway. He touched down on one tire, then the other, before landing. After pulling off the runway, he would start engines to taxi back to the parking area. On airfields with large enough parking ramps (such as the Reno Stead Airport where the Reno Air Races take place), Hoover would sometimes land directly on the ramp and coast all the way back to his parking spot in front of the grandstand without re-starting the engines.

A few years after starting the show, he began carrying passengers during the show — after all, he reasoned, the Shrike Commander carries six passengers in comfort (though perhaps not as much comfort when upside down.) These passengers became known as “Hoover’s Heavers” due to the number who became airsick during the maneuvers.

With the advent of camcorders, Hoover added a flourish to the act by pouring a cup of tea from a Thermos, while performing a slow barrel roll (a 1G maneuver). Video of this has been widely distributed, to the pleasure of Aero Commander enthusiasts.

Bob Hoover stopped engine aerobatics