Is this for real?

Watch this video of a light aircraft losing a wing in flight. I won’t tell you how it ends.


14 Responses to Is this for real?

  1. michael 4 November, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    a good fake – but definately a fake

  2. JaKe 4 November, 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    Fake. No planes don’t bounce like that on hard landings.

  3. onorakalele 5 November, 2008 at 4:49 am #

    how on earth did he manage that???!!! besides the wing seems to have come clean off!

  4. Talbert 5 November, 2008 at 6:19 am #

    Is this real? It looks like a trick, if not, wow what a landing!!!

  5. Daniel 9 November, 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    Aerodynamically I think the aircraft would spin uncontrollably due to the creation of lift on only one side. Secondly, how did the undercarriage survive such a hard landing…. definitely a fake. Good DirectX graphics.

  6. stephan wilkinson 10 November, 2008 at 3:14 am #

    I second what chris said. I have been getting this viral twice a day for weeks and I don’t even bother to open it when I see the e-mail “You gotta see this!!!” Yeah, right, it’s the r/c model that loses a wing, right? Right.

    How can what was once, long ago, the world’s leading aviation magazine perpetuate this sort of idiocy?

    Unless–could it possibly be–you don’t have any pilots on staff?

    Stephan Wilkinson

  7. Barbara Cockburn 10 November, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    You’re a sharp cookie. However, you mustn’t let that interfere with a sense of humour. It’s just a bit of fun. Still, it’s got a few people talking, which of course was my intention.

  8. NickO 10 November, 2008 at 9:29 pm #

    Time to remember the great Neil Williams who had a wing fold in a Zlin:

    He landed by flying and inverted pattern (to hold the wing down in position), then flipped it at the last moment to land.

    But, the video above just doesn’t add up….

  9. NickO 11 November, 2008 at 3:44 am #

    Spare a thought for the legendary Neil Williams who had a wing fold up in flight while performing an aerobatic sequence in a Zlin. He managed to land after flying a pattern inverted then rolling back to horizontal moments before touch-down:

  10. glen towler 11 November, 2008 at 4:52 am #

    That was computer generated but was fun to watch

  11. Barbara Cockburn 14 November, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    Hello Radu

    Thanks for your comment.

    The Flight Blog (see blog’s strapline) is designed to pick out the quirkier side of aviation.

    This video had us all talking in the Flight offices as well as at a rival news sources’ offices.

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