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

Bernd van Doornick had some 22,000 total flying hours and is credited with more than 5,000 people rescued. September 1, 2007 marked his last flight at an air show, Bernd van Doornick showing the crowd gathered at Bex (Switzerland) what an Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama can do. The Lama holds to this day the absolute altitude record for all types of helicopters since 1972: 12,442 m. Quite an impressive helicopter, and with a skilled man at the controls this helo can do impressive stuff.

SA 315B Lama extreme flying

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

The French Air Force keeps a number of units in Chad. Because of the nature of the missions, the old Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma and Dassault Mirage F1 are stationed there. Pilots often call these “leisure missions” because they pretty much get to do stuff they wouldn’t normally do… like flying extremely low and generally having lots of fun. Check out the videos of the “Crazy Boys” over Chad.

Over Chad

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

P-47 belly landing

This RC P-47 has quite a troubled day. After a first difficult landing, the pilot manages to send it once again in the air. On the second flight the right wheel bails out 🙂 and the pilot is forced to belly land the plane. The P-47 is saved thanks to the pilot’s skills. The minimal damage belly landing ensures that this little RC plane will fly another day.

P-47 belly landing

Dramatic hard landing

This Bk-117 was coming in to a near drowning scene and everything looked alright. Unfortunately one of the engines of the helo fails and the pilot is forced to make this dramatic hard landing. Check out the story for more details of this incident in Phoenix.

Dramatic hard landing

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

Japan Air Self Defense Force

Video of the Japan Air Self Defense Force ( JASDF ). The JASDF is the aviation branch of the Japan Self Defense Force and is responsible for the defense of Japanese airspace and other aerospace operations. The majority of military aviation videos that leak on the web feature the United States, Russian or French Air Force so it’s quite a rarity to see a video of the Japanese Air Force. This video features both the combat units of the JASDF as well as the aerobatic demonstration team of the Japan Air Self Defense Force, known as Blue Impulse. Great in cockpit footage taken from these aircraft.

Japan Air Self Defense Force

Air Ray

Designed by Festo, the Air Ray represents an evolution in both biotechnology and hybrid airship designs. Modeled on the manta ray, the Air Ray is basically a helium filled balloon with propelled by a beating wing system. Festo says the Air Ray is designed to float in the sea of air in the same way a manta ray swims in the water. The Air Ray demonstrates incredible control due to Festo’s Fin Ray Effect® used to move this crazy airship around.

Air Ray