• Join FlightAware (Why Join?)
  • Login
  • US Flag 
07:43PM EDT


 

Airport Tracker/Info


-or-


 

Squawks & HeadlinesIs This The Most Dangerous Takeoff Ever Captured On Video?

Back to Squawk list

Is This The Most Dangerous Takeoff Ever Captured On Video?

Submitted
These old Antonovs were built to plow through just about anything within reason, but these pilots throw reason into the mud. (youtu.be) More...

Sort type: [Top] [Newest]


DMenscha
Bill Schmiett 9
Can you imagine doing the weight and balance on the flight? Empty weight check, fuel load check, passenger weight check, 500 pounds of mud on the fuselage......umm check.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 7
OMG this is every rednecks dream.....screw crop dusting and a John Deere the Russians have perfected a way to plow the fields using a plane.
smoki
Paul Young -2
And what would you know about so-called rednecks, plowing a field or crop dusting except what you've seen or read? Not much I suspect.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 4
It was a joke but apparently I struck a nerve...lol....besides you have no idea what I know
SootBox
SootBox 6
When the tower tells approaching planes "Caution... wake turbulence", I bet many don't think of the wake being muddy water.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 3
They were on the virge of needing a seaplane.
zennermd
Michael Zenner 3
Would that qualify as parasitic drag...maybe?
conmanflyer
connor oslie 3
It's what those planes were designed to do. but in anycase, CHECK OUT THAT RUDDER! :D learn a thing or two from that guy!
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 3
I'm sure the captain's shorts are just as muddy now...
captainjman
Jason Feldman 3
There are bold pilots and there are old pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots
conmanflyer
connor oslie 2
thank god im still young!
smoki
Paul Young 1
Well there's generally only two kinds at that speed, i.e. parasitic and induced. Do you think it could have been induced drag in accordance with the usual aerodynamic convention? Just curious.
dg1941
Damien Gehler 2
I would hate to be the poor guy to have to clean it.
danishnelson
Danish Nelson 2
Okay, many problems here. The plane could have veered of runway, land gear could have shot because of drag, the plane could have all of a sudden stopped, and too much mud indigestion in the air intake and engines!!!!

Its amazing that the plane got off the ground!
bentwing60
bentwing60 2
Looks good to me. He's a Russian, they told him to go fly, he did! You guys never flew freight did you.
pr0ject
El Kabong 2
http://youtu.be/XUtYlR28Yb4

Found the footage on youtube which works better for me.
SootBox
SootBox 2
He's flown that plane a few times. I'd be on heart medicine if it were me.
RogParish
Roger Parish 2
Landing is going to be fun after all that mud on the landing gear freezes up at altitude!
alan75035
alan75035 6
He'll just descend down to treetop level for a good brushing.
conmanflyer
connor oslie 6
(in response to the first sentence)- but it didn't
unclebigpete
Peter Douglas 2
and it's obvious (IMHO) from the other videos of takeoffs in different seasons that the airport in question ALWAYS has a wet/muddy runway, so hundreds of similar takeoffs, probably by the same pilots, have been successful. It's skill, local knowledge, and large gonads!
nickpiszczek
nicholas piszczek 1
3 could haves that never happened. You have to love pilots that understand the machine its capabilities and its engines. They got the job done while sideliners sit in there easy chairs. This happens every day somewhere on some level with freight dogs, and there is rarely a camera around to record it. Its amazing how many nay Sayers there are on this clip...It only presupposes we would have never got off the ground.
nickpiszczek
nicholas piszczek 1
Historically that is...Orville and Wilbur would be beaming.
RobSJC
RobSJC 4
It's Russia that explains it all .. were these pilots drunk too ?
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
Anybody can learn to fly sober. Vodka increases risk tolerance too.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT -2
U could say the same for Alaska...
TWA55
Vincent Birkett 1
Guess they don't pay attention to standing water regs in OM...
johncook1
john cook 1
laxlover
Stephen Brown 1
How the f***??
jesuslovestodd
Todd Suzuki 1
My question is why did he retract the gear so soon? After a muddy take off wouldn't it make sense to get the plane up to max gear extended speed to "blow" off any extra mud?
howej011
Joseph Howes 1
damn thats dangerous
pilatuspilot
Rob Claybrook 1
That was insane. I want to know how they calculated takeoff distance.
volvodadfast
Ichiro Sugioka 1
Here's the onboard footage:
http://youtu.be/nGGduq-xb88
bighoss81
Christian Moran 1
Im speechless
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
Maybe he wanted to decrease drag real soon
oly720man
andrew kennaugh 1
Different day. The outdoor one is snowy, the onboard one isn't
unclebigpete
Peter Douglas 1
1 Measure runway length
2 allow 100feet for turning at end
etc

LOL
unclebigpete
Peter Douglas 2
hope that guy didn't pay extra for the window-seat view!
pr0ject
El Kabong 1
Won't play for FF or IE now.. you guys break it? =P
kalalp
Dennis Martin 1
Do these have gear doors?
Falconus
Falconus 3
Probably not anymore.
mattnyc
Matt Molnar 0
Weird, try again now.

[This poster has been suspended.]

THRUSTT
THRUSTT 2
U popped up Phil, haven't seen u in a while, Cialis does work...
jmilazzo
joe milazzo 0
That dumda$$ is lucky the gear came down at his destination. If I were that company's mechanic, I think I'd hunt down the crew and make them clean the wheel wells.
raydorais
Raymond Dorais 0
I would have been scared out of my pants if I had been on that plane. However, I am sure the crew knew exactly the length of runway they needed for take-off, at the same time keeping in mind how much runway they needed brfore abhorting take-off.
Risky, but in my mind well calculated.