The 60th Anniversary of *THE* Barrel Roll

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  1. bradl, Aug 7, 2015
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    Not only did I not realize that this occurred today, but it is lost in the swath of anniversary dates in this month, primarily the Hiroshima/Nagasaki A-bombings ending WW2.

    But this one, for those of you old enough to remember it, was something amazing to see, and destined for lore. For those too young to remember it or happen to be before your time, it's hard to believe that this happened that long ago, and no it isn't just a tale!

    From the Seattle times, courtesy of FlightAware:

    http://flightaware.com/squawks/view...16/The_60_year_anniversary_of_THE_barrel_roll

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...-boeing-707-barrel-roll-over-lake-washington/

    For those who have never seen it before, enjoy, and keep in mind that this was 1955:



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    Good catch.. fatfingered. Updated the OP.

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    Given the relatively small size of the 367-80 prototype, the plane was actually a tad overpowered given the four Pratt & Whitney JT3C (J57) turbojets powering the plane. That's why the plane could do that 1-G barrel roll.
     
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    Convair had another great test pilot named Beryl Erickson. I always thought these civilian test pilots unfairly lived in the shadow of famous military test pilots like Chuck Yeager.
     
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    Yeah, I wasn't even thought of yet when this happened. Just watched the provided video and that was something to behold. Something that large, doing that type of maneuver. Amazing.
     
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    Thanks for sharing that.

    Its a great story, and a great reminder of how much the world has changed - in large part because of aircraft like the Boeing 707 - in the intervening six decades.

    Such an event would never happen today. For better, or worse, everything in corporate America - and especially in such big-dollar, big-engineering realms as aerospace- is so tightly controlled. Heck, I wouldn't mind betting that commercial aircraft test pilots get psychologically screened in order to weed out people who'd attempt such a stunt.

    As a result we've gained a few things. Commercial aviation, and even test piloting - has gotten immeasurably safer.

    But we've also lost something too. Its hard to put into words exactly what that is.
     

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