Discussion in 'Free Fire Zone' started by A-58, Nov 13, 2017 at 11:14 PM.
He makes it look easy.
I think he can land on anything he wants to with a headwind like that!
good headwind and STOL abilities...shows how that daring rescue in WW2 was accomplished...
Is that the type of plane used during the Mussolini rescue?
A Stork or Storch...yep.
I could tell some hair-raising stories of flying in the Alaska bush, but people would either not believe them or get bored. To put Alaska in context, only 5% of the state can be reached by road and most of the rest has only dirt strips (or bodies of water) that can be used by small planes. The last de Havilland Beaver was made in 1967 and yet thousands of them are still in the air because no other airframe can carry significant cargo and still land on those muddy little strips or (with pontoons) on small bodies of water. People depend on those planes for everything they need to survive.
The plane above is not a Beaver of course, but I've seen Beavers with tundra tires land on patches not much larger than that one in the vid. Alaska and the Beaver (made in Canada) are inextricably connected. I don't what will happen when the last Beaver falls apart.
I recently saw a Russian dash cam video of a small plane (tricycle gear) landing on a highway. The POV car was in the lead and slowed down to allow the pilot to land. HOWEVER, some 'foon came onto the road from a sideroad at full speed and rear-ended the airplane. (I wonder if that's covered in their insurance policies?) Plane nosed into the tarmac and looked to be a total.