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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
  

       //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
  

       Just going down memory lane here. I noticed that I bunned most of Max's ideas which is telling because we'd get in harmless tiffs from time to time. Gotta give myself credit for never letting a little good natured bumping of heads effect my evaluation of a good idea. I even remember thinking from time to time "Damn, gotta bun this one".   

       Anyway, this one's a no brainer and needs to be done. We've all seen aerial shows but never one as monumental as this.   

       Please review and bun as necessary.
doctorremulac3, Feb 13 2020
  

       With the spate of 747 retirements, the cost of the enterprise is falling dramatically.
bs0u0155, Feb 13 2020
  

       Not so much - the cost of maintainance probably predominates over the cost of the airframe.   

       Though you could also make a lot of money from what the pilots will pay you to be a part of this ...
8th of 7, Feb 13 2020
  

       How about an air demolition derby?
doctorremulac3, Feb 13 2020
  

       //cost of maintenance probably predominates over the cost of the airframe//   

       Only if you do all the maintenance. If you're pulling enough G to write the airframe off in short order, not carrying passengers, only flying on nice VFR days, then lots of stuff doesn't need doing. Screw it, fly the beasts from a jet trainer bolted to the space shuttle position. If it looks like a dive is unrecoverable, or the vertical stab falls off, blow the explosive bolts and fly back to base for a spare.
bs0u0155, Feb 13 2020
  
      
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