Re: HELP: attention aero nuts...

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Fri Apr 06 2001 - 18:47:49 MDT

Doug Jones wrote:
> Michael Lorrey wrote:
> >
> > I've got a dare from someone on a news group to come up with some
> > reference that shows proof that a large aircraft (707 to 747 range) has
> > successfully done a barrel roll at an airshow and not crashed. Now, I
> > know about the 707 roll at the SeaFair airshow back in the 70's, and I
> > even saw one (747) myself at an airshow in the 80's, but apparently my
> > word isn't good enough.
> See the autobiography of Tex Johnston, chief test pilot of Boeing in the
> 50s through 70s, _Tex Johnston : Jet-Age Test Pilot_ ISBN: 1560989319.
> He barrel rolled the 367-80 prototype of the Boeing 707 not once but
> *twice* at the 1955 Gold Cup Hydroplane races. The book has a photo
> shot by a journalist on board showing a wing with blue & green in the
> wrong places.
> See for photos. Rumor
> has it that Bill Allen didn't talk to Johnston for twenty years after
> that event- although he didn't fire the madman because he was good for
> sales.
> He also routinely did loops in B-52s, pulling up from buzz passes at 500
> knots. My kind of maniac...

Yeah, the problem is that he is excepting that one event from the bet.
What would be nice is a statement from an airline pilot that they are
done in training (not in a simulator).


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