Friend of mine pointed me to this video. I thought it was interesting, showing the power of a low level microburst at the US Air Force Academy
airfield. Couldn't think of a better forum section to put it in than aircraft projects. Should rename this section to just "Aviation" or "Aerospace"
or something like that. Anyways, enjoy!
Wow, that's pretty incredible. I live about 10 miles from there and never saw it on the local news, which I think it's worthy! I do wonder how they
"landed". My guess is they are completely destroyed but the video doesn't show it.
Once they were flying then they were fine. They were waiting to take off with the gliders behind them when it happened. You can tell they were under
control by watching the fourth one. There's no way wind made those corrections when it went airborne.
They're most common around thunderstorms, but can happen any time with the right conditions. It's a vertical column of air that spreads out in all
directions when it hits the ground.
They're extremely dangerous to planes because they'll push them down, and if they aren't quickly recognized they'll push you into the ground.
They're most common in low altitude phases of flight, but again, can happen anywhere. That's why airports installed doppler radar, to watch for
Even if i searched for the meaning of a micro burst I think you description is quite clear and probably a lot more informative. Would of looked myself
but phones don't work so well when you have a shop lifter kicking off. Thanks for the reply
Microbursts are one of the most dangerous winds out there. I've seen them flip small planes that were tied down with rope before, as well as just
pick them up and throw them through the air. These pilots were extremely good, and very lucky, especially the one that went down wind. You could see
his wingtip drag when he first went airborne, and he had to do some fast corrections in the air.
Yeah I thought it was a pretty crazy video myself, and much skill must have been involved in saving those cubs. I would guess the USAF-A would hire
pretty skilled tow pilots though, assuming its not just an additional duty to some new lieutenant.
It's one of those equivalence rules of aerodynamics. A plane traveling faster than takeoff speed is the same as a stationary plane pointing into a
wind blowing faster than takeoff speed. For small planes that's 55 mph to 65 mph.
Microbursts have wind speeds going beyond 170mph - enough to make a passenger jet takeoff.
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