Su-24 Buzzes Civilian Road? By Glenn Pew
A viral video has people questioning if they can believe what they see: a Sukhoi Su-24 buzzing a car (and its dash-cam) as both drive down a civilian Russian road in opposite directions and different, but not too different, altitudes. The drama begins about 20 seconds in. Click for video.
Extreme Low Pass Video By Glenn Pew
Video of an extremely low, low pass is making the rounds on the internet and we thought we'd share. The aircraft appears to be an Argentinean FMA IA 63 Pampa or something similar. It also appears to be flying about three feet off the ground. The picture at right is a screen capture from in-cockpit footage that shows people running out of the way ahead of the jet.
Click-and-Control Interactive Heli Video By Glenn Pew
A company called northStudio has created a video with Nimmo Bay Helicopter Resort that allows viewers to control the viewing angle of 360-degree panoramic pre-recorded video through a click-and-drag interface. The technology uses six cameras strapped to a custom-built rig attached to a pole that's attached to the helicopter. Proprietary video merging software then creates the "seamless flying experience." According to the company, the technology was made possible due to improvements in internet and processor speeds. In the video, the camera is slung below a helicopter as it flies down rivers, skims 10,000-year-old glaciers, hovers over waterfalls, and more, and the viewer controls the viewing direction at all times.
Video: Poplar Grove Airport, Summer 2010 By Glenn Pew
Airplanes are clearly a passion for the Thomas family, and they're pretty handy with a video camera and editing software, too. Steve and his wife Tina own Poplar Grove Airmotive, a full-service maintenance shop at Poplar Grove Airport (which they also own) in Illinois. Their personal aircraft are a Waco SRE, a Beech 18 and a Brunner-Wingle Bird, and they paid tribute to their airplanes this way.
'Beyond This Historic Brown Gate' — Slick Hutto's AirVenture 2010 Video Montage By Russ Niles
We introduced you to 19-year-old James Wesley Perkins, who's gone by the nickname Slick since he can remember, just after the 2009 AirVenture Oshkosh via a video he put together of all the stuff we didn't get to see, or saw out of the corners of our eyes as we rushed from one assignment to another. Another AirVenture has come and gone and the routine was pretty much the same for AVweb staffers. Thankfully Slick had his video camera and talented eye at the show and recently posted his assembly of the highlights of AirVenture 2010. The young future naval aviator has also had a few highlights of his own in the past year.
Video: Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker — Civilian Warbird Over Illinois By Glenn Pew AVweb reader Scott Ross turned us on to this video of the first civilian registry SU-27 Sukhoi Flanker flying overhead ... in Rockford, Illinois. Scott tells us he "heard it banging around yesterday but didn't realize what it was. RFD's Runway 25 touchdown point is four miles from my house, and we are directly below the ILS. Wish I'd been outside when she went over.
Video: Wacos to Brodhead — En Route to the Grass Roots Fly-In By Glenn Pew
Jay Olburg and Scott Ross have cooked up another fantastic video production, this time showcasing a 1941 Waco SRE owned by Steve and Tina Thomas and a '36 ECQ-6 flown by Bob Grist on their way to the Brodhead Grass Roots Fly-In. Enjoy!
Video: Near CFIT — Close Call with Terrain By Russ Niles
The circumstances of this incident are unclear (and the subject of much speculation in the forums), but the result is pretty clear. The people aboard this Bonanza came within a tree branch or two of becoming victims of controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).
Video: Dave Carroll and Sons of Maxwell Deliver on Their Promised Follow-Up to "United Breaks Guitars" By Glenn Pew
Sons of Maxwell front man Dave Carroll is back in the spotlight with a follow-up to his "United Breaks Guitars" music video. Carroll made news back in July with a YouTube video describing how United Airlines had failed to help him make good on a $3,500 Taylor guitar damaged during a commercial flight. The video quickly became a sensation, and the Canadian singer-songwriter promised a series of three songs about his experience with United. The second installment has now hit the web and, at last look, had almost 400,000 views. (The original has more than five million.)
Video: In-Cockpit Video of Old Rhinebeck Mishap By Russ Niles
There's been nothing written (that we can find, anyway) about an accident involving the New Standard biplane used for giving rides at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, but this video, posted on YouTube about 10 days ago, tells quite a tale. According to the reader who sent us the YouTube link, the accident reportedly happened July 26 and, from the video, appears to be an off-runway excursion into a nasty ravine filled with big rocks. As might be expected, the off-roading takes a toll on the wood and fabric but doesn't seem to have banged up the pilot and his passengers, one of whom kept the camera rolling through the whole accident and aftermath. There is no NTSB report on the mishap, and FAA incident reports are only available for the last 10 business days. The museum's web site says only that biplane rides are suspended until Labor Day weekend, but it's not clear whether the crash airplane will be fixed or a replacement found for rides.
Video: Belarussian Su-27 Crashes at Polish Air Show By Glenn Pew
The pilot and backseater aboard a Belarussian Su-27 fighter died Sunday when the aircraft failed to recover from loop at an air show in Radom, Poland. A bird strike is being reported as a factor in the crash, but so far there is no explanation as to why the crew members didn't eject.
Video: Rowing Team Aids Ditching Rescue By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors
A British charity rowing team raced to the scene of a ditching by an Irish pilot in the Irish Sea Wednesday and were in the process of throwing him a line when a rescue helicopter arrived and winched him to safety. One of the rowers had a video camera with him.
Video: The Fun Side of Oshkosh By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors
The common lament among AVweb staff at EAA AirVenture is that we spend a full week at the show but it seems like we see hardly anything. Sure, we cover the news, interview lots of interesting people and make sure there's a wide variety of video, podcasts, photos and written information to give our readers a good picture of what's going on. But few of us have ever gone to AirVenture for the pure joy of it, and that's been an unintentional gap in our coverage. Kitplanes Editor Marc Cook came across this video on YouTube by James Perkins, of Georgetown, Texas, who has elevated getting the most out of Oshkosh to high art. James, who's been going by the nickname Slick since before he can remember, is a carded aerobatic pilot who competes in his Pitts S-1C. He's also an Eagle Scout and will soon be a freshman at Texas A&M where he has a full ride ROTC scholarship as a future naval aviator. He'll turn 19 next month.
Video of the Week: Learning to Fly, 1953 By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors There's a touch of annoying feedback in our latest "Video of the Week," but it's worth adapting your ears to. Even if you turn the sound down a few minutes into the video, you'll still enjoy promotional "Learn to Fly" video from 1953. Break out the reel-to-reel, and help us with this screen, willya? (Kudos to AVweb reader Jim Dixon for uncovering this gem on YouTube! Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Wingsuit Base-Jumping By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We've seen bits and pieces of our latest "Video of the Week" around the web, but it was AVweb reader Joe Rowell who pointed us to the full version we're running today. Even if the phrase "wingsuit base-jumping" doesn't pique your interest, we think you'll enjoy the breath-taking scenery and incredible camera work in this clip from Matchstick Productions' Seven Sunny Days, posted by Vimeo user Ali.
Video of the Week: Canyonlands Flying in a Piper Cherokee By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Did someone say "backcountry flying"? It doesn't get more majestic than this video AVweb reader Alan Loehr pointed out to us recently. Sit back and enjoy several of Arizona and Utah's most breath-taking sites, seen through the canopy of a Piper Cherokee 140 and edited together into a couple of minutes by YouTube user webdaddy. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Big Beautiful Doll at Compton Abbas By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors A favorite plane of ours (and pretty much everyone else) is the P-51 Mustang Big Beautiful Doll, and this week she touches down for a gorgeous landing on a small grass field runway at Compton Abbas in Dorset, U.K. AVweb reader Charles Davis had just hangared his Cub when he heard a Mustang was coming in for a landing and shot this clip of Rob Davies landing the Doll on the fly. "I like it so much I put in on YouTube," Charles writes; "I hope you like it, too." No worries there, Charles. We enjoyed it quite a bit, and now the rest of AVweb can start the week with it, too.
Video of the Week: Cow Strike By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Oh, the commentary (both serious and otherwise) we could offer with this week's "Video of the Week"! But, in the end, what could we add that isn't already said beautifully by the title of this clip "Plane Hits Cow (With Slow Motion)"? Thanks to AVweb reader Mike Whaley for sending us the link. And let us assure you no cows were harmed in the presentation of this video according to Florida Today, the star of this video escaped the encounter "apparently uninjured." (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: STOL Maule Bush Plane Maneuvers By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Last week, we treated you to high-powered, low-footprint maneuvers centered around an aircraft carrier. This week, we're at the opposite end of the spectrum, watching as a bush plane (a Maule M4-220C) goes through its paces in the wide open spaces of the Lone Star State. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Ark Royal Traps By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Landing on an aircraft carrier may be an experience (and a skill) few of us share, but thanks to this video from DailyMotion, we can learn a little about it without having to leave our computer chairs. Thanks to AVweb reader Pete Madden for sending us the link. (Click through to watch)
Video of the Week: Warbirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We didn't discover this week's "VOTW" in time for Veterans' Day, but somehow we think our readership will appreciate it anyway. Thanks to AVweb reader Ian Herron, who dropped a link in our submission box and drew attention to one of the best homemade music videos we've seen lately. Featuring a breath-taking locale, great airplanes, and the timeless voice of Dame Vera Lynn, this one's a must-see. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: U.S. Air Force 'Monday Blues' By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors "Video of the Week" returns after a brief hiatus to accommodate our AOPA Expo in-house video production and we've got some nice clips in the hopper. First up, a video montage of two USAF demo teams paying a visit to Poplar Grove, Illinois's C77, courtesy of AVweb reader Scott Ross. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: One-Winged RC Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Last week, we mentioned all the great radio-controlled flyer videos that have found their way to our inbox over the last couple of weeks. Just today we came across a new one (from AVweb reader Mike Whaley) that takes the cake. As Mike writes, making a successful landing with one wing is an impressive feat "in any scale."
Video of the Week: Radio-Controlled F-18 Cam By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Here at AVweb's video-watching department, we see plenty of radio-controlled aircraft, in addition to the full-size ones. Our latest "Video of the Week" is something we don't see every day, however an RC F-18 with carrying a tiny camera on its journey. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: King Air Emergency Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We were honestly surprised that we haven't shared this one as our "Video of the Week" before! Thanks to AVweb reader Mark for reminding us of this inspiring video, wherein CNN's Miles O'Brien provides the play-by-play on a simply amazing King Air emergency landing. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Oakland Tower Video of a Red Bull Air Races Fly-By By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Here's an interesting perspective on the Red Bull Air Races, shot from inside the Oakland Control Tower! AVweb reader (and rabid video watcher) Robert Reid stumbled across this one on MySpace Video and send us a link. Well worth it for the controller reactions alone! (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Blue Eagle Westland Lynx Helicopter Aerobatics By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors AVweb reader Sean Dodd is our tour guide to the London skies this week. Sean recommended a flip-flopping, breathtaking video of the Blue Eagle Westland Lynx helicopter putting on a solo show at the London Red Bull Air Races last summer. (Click through to watch.)
Volunteers in The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum restoration shop, led by Art Wilder, have constructed several flying examples of early Curtiss aircraft, including a 1913 Flying Boat and the A-1, the Navy's first airplane. Their next project is a flying replica of Curtiss's Albany Flyer, which flew down the Hudson River to New York City in 1910. If you would like to make a donation to help support the fine work of these dedicated individuals, send a donation to the museum at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, 8419 State Route 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840.