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.


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.


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