Monday, October 18, 2004

Controlled Impact Test: Photos and Video

From coolgov.com (source boingboing):

"On the morning of December 1, 1984, a remotely controlled Boeing 720 transport took off from Edwards Air Force Base (Edwards, California), made a left-hand departure and climbed to an altitude of 2300 feet, says the NASA Dryden Controlled Impact Demonstration (CID) Aircraft Movie Collection.

It then began a descent-to-landing to a specially prepared runway on the east side of Rogers Dry Lake. Final approach was along the roughly 3.8-degree glide slope. The landing gear was left retracted. Passing the decision height of 150 feet above ground level (AGL), the aircraft was slightly to the right of the desired path. Just above that decision point at which the pilot was to execute a 'go-around', there appeared to be enough altitude to maneuver back to the centerline of the runway. Data acquisition systems had been activated, and the aircraft was committed to impact. It contacted the ground, left wing low. The fire and smoke took over an hour to extinguish." go here

I wonder if the guy from Loftus that drives the radio controlled car with the kicking tee knows about this. F~ck Derek Hougaard, I want to crash a Boeing.

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