Video of the Week: Barb MacLeod & Max Bell’s 52-1/2-Turn Aerobatic Spin

In the wake of aviation instructor and spin king William Kershner's passing, we thought this would be a good time to share a video AVweb editor Jen Whitley had on hand from a few years ago. In this incredible clip, aerobatics pros Barb MacLeod and Max Bell perform a 52-and-a-half-turn spin in Austin, Texas during the winter of 1994. Click through to watch the video and be amazed.

Video of the Week: Crosswind Aircraft Testing

Welcome back to the working week! AVweb's "Video of the Week" is here to ease the transition, with a little help from YouTube user Whatmap and his/her video clip, "Crosswind Aircraft Testing." (Click through to view.)

Video of the Week: Stopped-Engine Aerobatics with Bob Hoover

After seeing this video posted by skoey on YouTube, there was no doubt it would be this week's "Video of the Week." Have a look at the amazing airplane-gliding aerobatic feats of Bob Hoover, and we think you'll see why. (Click through to watch.)

Video of the Week: Happy Holidays from AVweb

Happy holidays from AVweb!
Aviation-themed videos will return next week, but since we're posting this edition of "VOTW" on Christmas morning, December 25, 2006, we thought we'd take a few moments to sip our hot cocoa and share one of the most fun viral videos that's hit the web in the last few years. This week's amazing video showcases the patience and ingenuity of Ohio electrical engineer Carson Williams, whose 2004 Christmas lights display, synchronized to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizard in Winter" (buy it here) sparked so much chatter that it has its own page on the myth-busting web site (Click through to watch.)

Video of the Week: Near-Miss with a T-38 Trainer

Our latest "Video of the Week" is nail-biting footage of what's often called a "near-miss" - although they're more accurately called "near-mid-air-collisions." Watch as one pilot gets a little too close for comfort to a T-38 trainer in this clip posted to YouTube by smkenney7 and marked as being from Randolph Air Force Base. (Click through to watch.)

Video of the Week: World’s Smallest Twin-Engine Airplane

Here's a YouTube clip that will have you reading through the comments and trying to make up your mind. Originally posted by user meetmrglock, this clip of "the world's smallest twin" has tongues wagging. (Click through to view.)

Video of the Week: Mountain Air Strip Landing

Following up on last week's theme of challenging landings, we've got an air strip in Courchevel, France that you'll have to see to believe. Not only does the PC-12 pilot in this clip have contend with mountainous slopes, but he only has 550 m (1,800') to do it.

Click through to view the video, originally posted on YouTube by user Intagen.

Video of the Week: Impressive Landing

AVweb reader Brett Bohannon brought this amazing video to our attention over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Watch your mailbox for an official AVweb hat, Brett!) The video was originally posted to YouTube by user Gooney87. Click through to watch as an unidentified pilot brings his Cessna to a graceful landing with only one landing gear available.

Video of the Week: CV-22 Osprey

AVweb's Russ Niles was on hand at Aviation Nation last week and brought back a terrific clip of the Osprey CV-22 making its public debut. We thought everyone would like to see it, so we're sharing it here as AVweb's "Video of the Week." (Click through to watch.)

Video of the Week: Patty Wagstaff, Champion Aerobatic Pilot

Come take a wild ride with champion aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff in today's "Video of the Week"! This week's clip was posted on YouTube by user Louie Schwartzberg and brought to our attention by AVweb reader Paul Stambaugh. (We'll be sending Paul a hat for his troubles - and we'll do the same for you, if you point us to an interesting new video that we use here in "VOTW.")

Confessions Of A Bumbling Airshow Announcer

If the wind scatters your script notes like confetti, you can just revert to Klingon and the crowd won't notice a thing.

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Why This Landing Went Bad

St. Barts, in the eastern Caribbean, is famous for having a short, narrow runway with a tall hill off one end. It's tricky to get into and more than one pilot has come to grief in trying. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli reviews a landing that went wrong and why.