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747 aerobatic display team

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Sponsored by some non-recession-hit nation (perhaps Brunei), the 747 Aerobatic Display Team would consist of a minimum of nine aircraft.

Obviously, some of the more extreme aerobatic manoeuvres associated with smaller aircraft might be out of the question, but even a low-level flypast by nine wingtip-to-wingtip, nose-to-tail 747s would be a sight to behold.

MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 04 2015

707 barrel roll https://www.youtube...watch?v=-KNbKFMBsQE
[doctorremulac3, Sep 04 2015]

B 52 version http://picasaweb.go...5499612883531171858
B 52 version in ultra tight formation [xenzag, Sep 05 2015]

It's real. Honest. https://youtu.be/ABf7A2uaOAU
It has dancing girls, too. [Ling, Sep 07 2015]

A350 formation http://aviationweek...00-formation-flight
[bs0u0155, Sep 08 2015]


       First thing that came to mind was the famous Boeing 707 demonstration flight barrel roll. Did a YouTube search, typed in "707"... and it completed the "barrel roll" part as the first thing on the list.   

       If you want to make a blood sport out of this, (and who wouldn't?) have low level, say 100, 200 feet 747 air races.
doctorremulac3, Sep 04 2015

       //blood sport// Many sports exhibit the possibility of danger to their spectators. Few have potential to kill *all* the spectators.
lurch, Sep 04 2015

       //Nagasaki aerial uranium shot put//   

       Cannot unthink
Voice, Sep 04 2015

sninctown, Sep 04 2015

       I don't get it. Am I stupid or what?
blissmiss, Sep 07 2015

       You may be what; not stupid.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 07 2015

       think elephant ballet.
FlyingToaster, Sep 07 2015

       What gets it now. Wheww finally.
blissmiss, Sep 07 2015

       I, too, didn't see the appeal until I read the words, "elephant ballet".
Voice, Sep 07 2015

       I don't think 747s can do nose to tail. And I suspect wing-tip to wingtip requires a visually large separation.   

       I know for certain that a smaller aircraft (Cessna T-37) can't get closer than about 3 miles safely (may be less now, but it's still significant) if the 747 has devices to break it's wake vortices, or 10 miles if it doesn't. I would assume another 747 could get a little closer, but not much.
MechE, Sep 08 2015

       The wingtip vorticies aren't nearly as much of an issue when aircraft have a lift/power surplus, such as when they're empty. Large aircraft formation flying has been done <link>.   

       My personal objection to this idea is based around the fact that modern turbo fan engines are far too quiet.
bs0u0155, Sep 08 2015

       //modern turbo fan engines are far too quiet//   

       Well, as far as I know there are several Concordes sitting around awaiting restoration.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 08 2015

       Maybe there a are few Lancasters handy?
RayfordSteele, Sep 08 2015

       The Blue Danube would be the appropriate background soundtrack to this.
doctorremulac3, Sep 08 2015

       The Concorde has plenty of aerobatic potential. It was (almost) routinely rolled during shakedown flights. Has a huge power excess compared to the 747, the afterburners help, is pleasingly loud too.
bs0u0155, Sep 09 2015


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