Video of the Week: Alaskan Bush Pilots’ Amazing STOLs

"That runway's too short for anything to take off from!" — we've all heard the sentence, and maybe a few of us have even said it, but from now on, we'll have to make a slight revision. The next time you hear someone talking about a short take-off, feel free to add, "Except, of course, for those Alaskan bush pilots doing STOLs in that video I saw on AVweb." (Just be careful what tone you use if you're talking to the PIC, O.K.?) Thanks to AVweb reader Ronnie Hughan for sending us the original video clip and YouTube user dynmicpara for the YouTube link. (Click through to watch.)

Exclusive Video: F-15 Break-Up Report

On November 2, 2007, an F-15C with the 110th Fighter Squadron (of the 131st Fighter Wing) broke up while conducting an air-to-air training mission. This video, produced by Glenn Pew for AVweb, covers the military investigative board's findings.

Video of the Week: Revisiting the Glenn Curtiss America Recreation Project

We've checked in on the Glenn Curtiss Museum's "Project America" before, but angelica4709 keeps posting updates on YouTube, and while we're still waiting (anxiously) to see the new America get into the air, she's out and about on the water now. (Click through to watch.)

Exclusive Video: Behind the Scenes of That Amazing Thunderbird Ejection/Crash Photo

When we first saw the photo of Capt. Chris Stricklin's ejection from a doomed U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 a few years ago, most of us here at AVweb thought it was a fake. But the more we looked at it, the more it seemed possible that someone had actually snapped Stricklin's moment of truth in what must be one of the greatest aviation photos ever shot. Well, it wasn't long before we learned that Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III had actually captured the drama at an air show at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. In this week's AVweb original video, Video Editor Glenn Pew looks at the circumstances surrounding the dramatic accident - combining still photos, in-cockpit and outside-of-cockpit video, and narration including the investigation's findings and changes in procedure for the T-birds. (Click through to watch.)

Video of the Week: How to Marshal Jets (And Benefit Cancer Research at the...

Ring in 2008 with a musical melody and a little fun on the runway, courtesy of Chesapeake Sport Pilot's Helen Woods. (Experienced CFIs, take note of that link - they're hiring!) In case you're wondering whether these musical antics are appropriate, we should point out that the, er "stylings" shown herein were part of a charity fundraising drive to benefit Cancer Research UK. (Click through to watch.)

Video of the Week: Drums and Aerobatics

Here's a little air show fun to spice up your holiday week, straight from the e-mail of AVweb reader Robert Reid, who (accurately) describes the clip as "short, crystal clear, [featuring] amazing photography, and fun to watch." (Click through to view the video.)

Video of the Week: Radio-Controlled Vectored-Thrust Turbine Mig 29

Before you ask: Yes, we have been watching a lot of radio-controlled airplane videos lately. When you see the one we've selected as the "Video of the Week," we think you'll agree that it's paying off. Courtesy of YouTube user cavemodels, we give you what may be the world's first vectored-thrust R.C. aircraft. (Click through to watch.)

Video of the Week: Radio-Controlled B-29 Bomber

It's autumn at AVweb world headquarters, and we're already opining the passage of air show season. We've shared lots of great air show clips in the last few weeks, but today we'll shift our scale back just a bit and marvel at the radio-controlled aerobatics of a B-29 bomber at the 2003 Southeast Electric Flight Festival (SEFF). We stumbled across this at Classic Wings and then found another version on YouTube, which might save a little bandwidth for the folks at Classic Wings. (Click through to watch.)

Video of the Week: Airbus A380 Tail Scrape

Last week, we showed you an A310 from FlyboyTV and promised more big-iron videos in the weeks to come - and since we mislabelled the A310 as an A380 on the home page, this might be a good opportunity to show you a real A380 doing some interesting testing. In this clip, the pilots bring the Airbus across the runway at minimum allowable airspeed and weather a pretty significant-looking tailstrike. (Click through to watch.)

Video of the Week: Airbus A310 Low Pass

We've all seen some impressive aerobatics at air shows. Usually, there's an F-15 doing rolls and making low passes to give the crowds a thrill, but how often have you seen those same tricks performed in the big iron - like, say for instance, an Airbus A310? Thanks to the internet, you (and we) have a front-row seat waiting for us at the Portugal Air Show '07, where we can see just such a thing. (Click through to watch - and hang on to your hat.)
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