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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by FlintGlock, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. FlintGlock

    FlintGlock Millennium Member

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    hi people,

    i was in lubbock, tx a couple of months ago. while driving around
    i noticed a passenger jet that appeared to motionless in the sky.
    is it possible for jets on approach to go that slow to appear to be hovering?

    thanks
     
  2. Skyhook

    Skyhook

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    Key word here is 'appear'.

    Hovering planes--- naw, I don't think so.
     

  3. Guest

    Sure...if you get enough headwind;) .
     
  4. Medpilot 2

    Medpilot 2 Smkumifyagotum

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    Yeah, I agree. Yesterday I was flying into HRL and on downwind with an indicated speed of 160 I was doing well over 200 across the ground and then when I went to turn final my ground speed went down to 80 kts with and indicated speed of 120.

    After landing I watched a Southwest 737 come in and it looked like they were doing slow flight over the runway...looked petty cool.
     
  5. Guest

    Believe it or not, I've actually flown backwards in a Cessna. Just hang it on the prop in a strong headwind.
     
  6. C150J

    C150J Crackberry

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    When my family owned a C-150J with STOL, I would dump the flaps, head into the wind, get it down to a 35kt. IAS, and do the moonwalk. I miss my AVERAGE 500' rollout. I don't miss the 11GPH E-320 under the cowling. Having standard tanks, endurance was a joke.

    J.
     
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    Exile

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    Not all planes need 120kts plus to stay airborne.

    I was doing basic flying training with the Navy in a light single and got into some lenticular waves. Not only were we flying forwards but travelling backwards, it was difficult to descend, short of pointing the nose at the ground!

    ;P
     
  8. Skyhook

    Skyhook

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    Well, I guess the original post stipulating "passenger jet" kinda directed me away from J-3s, Aeroncas, Ultralights, ets all of which I had also managed a reverse ground speed while flying.