Archive for February, 2008

Shitter takeoff No. 2

Check out this CH-53E Super Stallion in a maximum power big iron takeoff. This is the biggest helo in the US and is nicknamed “Hurricane Maker” because of its incredible downdraft from the rotor. Check out this amazing takeoff!

Shitter takeoff No. 2

K-MAX aerial truck

Produced by Kaman, the K-Max or K-1200 is an American helicopter with intermeshing rotors optimized for external load operations. Because the K-Max does not have a tail rotor, all the power goes directly to the rotors and so this little bugger can take off with almost 3 tons of payload. Not a speedy devil, but this one does the job it was supposed to with maximum efficiency.

K-MAX aerial truck

Low airliners collection

A collection of some of the greatest flybys done with airliners. Most of the time you see low level flybys performed by military pilots and their fighters or aerobatic pilots and their nimble airplanes. This time you have the chance to watch Boeings and Airbuses as their pilots go low.

Low airliners collection

Gliding cocaine

This has to be one of the most beautiful sailplane videos on the web. I think this was filmed over Poland and you’ll see most of the flight is shot from a Puchaz trainer. Also great to see the Diana 2, probably the best 15m class sailplane out there. Enjoy this great video, watch them reach the cloud base.

Gliding cocaine

Satan’s chariot

“Letayushiy tank”, or in English “Flying tank”. That is what the Russians call the Mil Mi-24/35 Hind E. The Mi-35 is the export version of the Mi-24V, a development of the Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter. The Hind is one of the iconic attack helicopters, easily recognizable anywhere in the world. In comparison to other attack helicopters, this mean machine is huge. It can transport troops, carry military equipment with a sling and , of course, eliminate those unwanted rebels with its massive arsenal of guns missiles and so on. And a final word… in Afghanistan the rebels nicknamed this helicopter “Shaitan-Arba”… meaning “Satan’s Chariot”. Quite a nickname!

Satan’s chariot

Skyfighters

Skyfighters is the English title given to the French movie “Les chevaliers du ciel”. The film was marketed as the French Top Gun and I don’t think it was a blockbuster mainly due to the ridiculous plot. The film was however very impressive under one aspect and that is the aerial footage, probably some of the best shots of the Dassault Mirage 2000 ever. If you didn’t see this film this is your chance to see the best 12 minutes of it: the planes. The flight sequences from the film were all filmed with actual planes and aerial photography, without the use of CGI. In order to capture the high-speed maneuvers, a specially designed camera was attached to a Mirage 2000 aircraft which then tailed the ‘star planes’ as they flew, for only another Mirage 2000 could actually fly at speeds that matched the planes being filmed.

Skyfighters

Wings of Storm

Wings of Storm is the name of the aerobatic display team of the Croatian Air Force. Wings of storm were seen for the first time over the city of Zadar in 2004, but were officially formed in the spring of 2005. The team flies the Pilatus PC-9M and all pilots are also flight instructors in service with the Croatian Air Force. This is a video shot during some training sessions over the city of Zadar, where Wings of Storm regularly train to improve their display.

Wings of Storm

Record breaking 80+ formation. Two jumps were made in an attempt to set a new world record in the parachuting sport of “canopy formation”. The historic 81 and 85 person jumps were planned by a group called CF World Record 2005. The skydivers secured themselves to each other by wrapping their feet around the lines of the parachutes below them creating this wonderful parachute diamond.

Parachute diamond

Captains

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly commercial aircraft? Well, this might give you an insight into the life of the captains behind the stick of airliners… this is messed up 🙂

Captains

The Strizhi

In 1991, at the Kubinka Air Base a new Russian Air Force aerobatics team was born: the Strizi ( Swifts ). Pilots at Kubinka had been flying since 1984 in close 6 aircraft formation, but they were officially recognized on May 6, 1991, when they carried out a demonstration under the name Strizhi. The aerobatic performance demonstrator team flies the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum. The Strizhi aerobatic team has conducted 50 demonstration flights on an annual basis since 1991. Its pilots have visited in excess of 28 foreign states. The team traditionally participates in Tushino air parades and Zhukovsky air shows. The team’s pilots have repeatedly carried out demonstration flights during numerous celebrations, devoted to anniversaries of various cities, including the 850th anniversary of Moscow. This video present the story of these amazing pilots.

The Strizhi