Originally posted by rich23
There are, however, quite a few airline pilots and air traffic controllers who have problems believing that a 757 could have made the turn over the
Pentagon that was executed by the radar track alleged to have been the AA plane.
They may have problems believing it because they've never seen it before.
Especially so the controllers.
Pilots - many of them opinionated to a great extent - usually know what they're talking about, especially if they're qualified to fly the 757.
I'm fairly sure, that during the 757 training regimen they're not allowed to really get the plane cranked over or engage in too many full
Last I heard they don't get training in hands-on spin recovery either.
The ones who do make a point to get some aerobatic training and add spin recovery and other things to their repertoire.
A few years back, a UPS or FedEx employee was bent upon suicide.
He got a ride in the jumpseat of either an 1100 or 747 - can't remember which - freighter.
Takeoff was out of John Wayne airport I believe.
Basics are, the bent-on-suicide guy attacked the crew with a hammer.
The pilot, badly hurt was able to crank the big plane over in a hard, steeply banked turn and get back to the airport.
The general consensus was that many were surprised the plane made the high performance maneuver without stalling.
Keep in mind too the Canadian pilots who got an out of fuel four engine airliner into a short airport due to running completely out of fuel because of
a metric/US fuel mis-calculation.
They had one shot at the airport and when it was apparent they would overshoot it and with dead engines there was no going around.
The pilot elected to slip the airplane.
Slips are a common maneuver in small aircraft so as to lose altitude rapidly without gaining excessive speed.
It's a cross control deal, right rudder, left aileron and a little down trim most times.
Contrary to what seems sensible, you can't stick the nose down and aim the airplane at the runway.
You'll gain speed, be unable to set down and overfly the runway.
One of the early flights in a 707 had Tex Johnson, Boeings chief test pilot roll the airplane within sight of the spectator's at one of Seattle's
Gold Cup boat races.
A maneuver seen by many and in fact, caught on film.
All of which indicates you can accomplish somewhat radical maneuvers in these big aircraft if . . . you know what you're doing.