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Video: Boeing 787 Crosswind Testing

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Of the 1,800-plus hours Boeing 787 test pilots have flown so far, few are as dramatic as the recent trip to Iceland for crosswind testing. The 787 team flew to Keflavik airport after weather forecasts indicated conditions most pilots try to avoid — wind across the runway. (www.wired.com) More...

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Shadowstarz
Shadowstarz 0
Awsome video!
RobSJC
RobSJC 0
interesting video, while it appears at times, there are birds caught up in the vortex at the tail of the aircraft.
gallen1936
Glenn Allen 0
WOW! Lookit them wings deflect! Who's drivin'? Must be an 'ol J-3 Pilot!
Juanpi
Juan Pablo 0
clarks1
After watching the video, I have even more respect for the test pilots, they are amazing, to be able to calculate the amount of drift due to cross wind, and land on the runway, it is just simply incredible. Good looking bird, the 787!!
pipercgvqv
Looks more like a wind monitoring device on the tail my friend, not a bird.
scgallafent
@pipercgvgv There are birds from 2:09 to 2:12 in the 787 video.
Coinrap
Coinrap 0
I'm sorry I think the 787 is ugly. It looks like a turkey vulture. Piloting skills are super though.
pipercgvqv
The birds from 2:09 to 2:12 are not what Rob is talking about ,they are much closer. I believe he is talking about the object attached to the tail, which is as I mentioned a vortex monitoring device that monitors relative air flow.
gruntusmc
Good piloting skills but I have landed in much more severe cross winds. At times I felt like I was landing in a 90 degree configuration to the runway. That was in a 727 stretch.
marchueta
I like a lot B 787
teamplayers
Lee Rafalko 0
@coinrap: I'm with you.
waltmorg
waltmorg 0
This is good video. The aircraft however is not flying sideways as it is always flying straight! You do not slip these large aircraft, but merely fly in a crab and kick it out in the flair. This is much easier if you have the crosswind on your side of the plane! Maybe the pilot was flying from the right seat.
wil9148
@COINRAP & MARCHUETA, THE 380 IS UGLY!
clarks1
Yes, it is flying straight, however it is being blown sideways, just like a boat would be carried sideways in a river, it one were to row straight across.
Coinrap
Coinrap 0
Have to agree the 380 is ugly too!, but it is BIG!!! Making it BIG & UGLY....
wil9148
BUT, WHAT FLYING....
mrfixit246
Steve Settle 0
"BIG & UGLY.... "
Would that make it BUGLY? BIGLY?
marchuetaa
Wonderfull flight and very nice aircraft (sorry)
AG7G
I see there are some Airbus employees in this forum.
toolguy105
toolguy105 0
Great Piloting. I agree with some of the others though the 787 is not the best looking plane Boeing has ever turned out. The nose reminds me of the old Comet or Convair aircraft. Maybe Boeing can change the windscreen configuration to give the 787 a more Boeing look the plane would look better.
zulu44
zulu44 0
All aircraft are gorgeous to me. And the videos were fascinating. Such skill!
Coinrap
Coinrap 0
Bugly is "Butt Ugly" and it's not Butt Ugly just Vulture Ugly or "VUGLY". The Airbus is FUGLY which is "Fat & Ugly". I would be disappointed to know a computer was landing those planes.
biglarry44
Larry Lenihan 0
Simply mahvelous...love the 78...the A380 looks like a super guppy.
wil9148
I'M GOING TO WATCH THE VIDEO AGAIN !
wil9148
A BEAUTIFUL AIRCRAFT, A WONDERFUL LANDING. WHAT MORE TO BE SAID?
wil9148
AND ...WHAT ABOUT THOSE TAKEOFFS ?
209flyboy
209flyboy 0
Next time try a real stiff turbulent crosswind in Hong Kong. That'll pucker you up fast.
Nice landing though, smooth and rattle free. Did you notice the flex in the horizontal stabilizer?
How the aricraft looks is not the issue, it's how much money can it make?
Coinrap
Coinrap 0
Some people fly to live, others live to fly. I wouldn't want to fly an ugly plane, but I don't have to....
tvh25
Having watching a number of them land and take off at Boeing Field, I am impressed with the Dreamliner! Most graceful bird in the sky! As for the cross wind landingds, keep in mind that half or more were automated, to make things even more fun. At least that I what I read somewhere.
tvh25
Having watching a number of them land and take off at Boeing Field, I am impressed with the Dreamliner! Most graceful bird in the sky! As for the cross wind landingds, keep in mind that half or more were automated, to make things even more fun. At least that I what I read somewhere.
Wringer
Wringer 0
Great video! That wing flex is amazing - touching/dragging a wing tip in gusty crosswind conditions will not be much of a consideration with this airplane.(!)
I wonder how much stability is added with that kind of dihedral being added by the wings flexing?
209flyboy
209flyboy 0
I think wing flex is a good situation and does add some stability to the aircraft in high cross winds. Plus it may act like a shock absorber in side gusts. I'm not an areonautical engineer but it logically makes sense to me. What do you thik?
Wringer
Wringer 0
Interesting thought - wing flex as a shock absorber? I don't know. The heavier aircraft usually `ride' better in gusty conditions - more mass, therefore less acceleration for the force applied. It would be interesting to compare the 787 to another aircraft landing in the same conditions at around the same weight and at the same percentage of the max landing weight.
209flyboy
209flyboy 0
Recent testing of the wings on the 787 were flexed upward “approximately 25 feet” which equates to 150 percent of the most extreme forces the airplane is ever expected to encounter during normal operation. I think these numbers far exceed the operating requirements. So, the next time you fly in a 787 I think you'll find the ride (turbulance) and cross winds handling will be improved.