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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]

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       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
  

       The Nagasaki aerial uranium shot put carved a niche.
Ian Tindale, 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
  

       Last weekend a B17b flew overhead.
Ian Tindale, 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 08 2015
  
      
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