Wednesday, November 19th — 747

November 20, 2008

Today I Learned…

…that a 747 can fly upside down.

However, it can only do so if it starts that way — the shear involved in doing a barrel roll in flight would rip the wings off.  If it were to start out upside down, it would do just fine.

…thanks to the HDST at tomake.

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One Response to “Wednesday, November 19th — 747”

  1. Ari Rabkin Says:

    I suspect you actually could get it on its back.

    Famously, it’s possible to barrel-roll a 707. Given that it’s a pretty gentle maneuver, I don’t know why you couldn’t do it for a 747.

    See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ546BEps-M


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