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LouiseThaden 93 points ago +95 / -2

Its called "crosswind correction" -- and that's the most extreme example I've ever seen. Well done!

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OPsMom 50 points ago +52 / -2

There was a day not too far back where they were live streaming planes doing this all day at the airport. I watched for hours. One plane after another land just like this. All those pilots are amazing.

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kornesque 23 points ago +24 / -1

"We'll, we're all dead anyways so might as well make it look cool aaaaaand....holy crap it worked wtf?!" -these pilots everyday

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Inquisitor_Corvus 18 points ago +19 / -1

AKA “crabbing”

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iaintgottimetobleed 15 points ago +16 / -1

Apparently, chilean pilots have to do this everyday before breakfast.

https://youtu.be/AJwFZOR_FK4

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upupandaway 4 points ago +5 / -1

Looks like a WRC driver

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kornesque 18 points ago +20 / -2

Lol at the downvote

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DJT_JR6544 14 points ago +16 / -2

You can taste the tears!

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DJT_JR6544 4 points ago +5 / -1

This is the truth

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kornesque 4 points ago +5 / -1

Kek, he's still at it! Oh my sides, please don't downvote this one too, I don't know how much more this ribcage can handle....

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peltast 2 points ago +3 / -1

Yes, and they fired him this morning.

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DeplorableLA 44 points ago +46 / -2

Love this! Only experienced this one time—nothing this dramatic—and it was pretty darn cool. OK, once we were on the ground. This pilot has serious skills. Wow!

Edit: Had this happen at DFW, several decades ago, the pilot flew in WWII and thought it was no big deal.

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Taco_of_Kiev 24 points ago +26 / -2

I experienced something similar flying into Denver once, but we bounced off the ground twice, and this was after taking off in between thunderstorms and climbing as close to vertical as I’ve ever experienced. Drinks were complimentary for the duration in that clarifies how rocky it was. American pilot came on after the landing and thanked us for flying Delta lol.

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Fine_Kentucky_Jenkum 15 points ago +16 / -1

That’s not skill. Skill is dodging a toddler’s Legos in a dark room at midnight while barefoot.

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Taco_of_Kiev 18 points ago +19 / -1

You must be a new parent. I reached the point where I didn’t even avoid them, I just walked right over them. Embrace the suck.

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TheBestDuck 10 points ago +11 / -1

Fake news. Everybody knows that if you step on one of those, the pain instantly kills you. If you are lucky you might survive long enough to swear at your kids and Jesus, but then you go straight to hell.

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Fine_Kentucky_Jenkum 2 points ago +3 / -1

Factses

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BaxterTheWanderDog 1 point ago +2 / -1

🤣

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DeplorableLA 4 points ago +5 / -1

Awesome!

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Cyer6 36 points ago +38 / -2

Crab-walked that 757 right on top of the center line and the landing was so soft it didn't even flex the wings downward. Gotta be a former carrier pilot.

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HunterSthompson 25 points ago +27 / -2

As a Barricks brat from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base I do have to admit the Navy can land in some really hairy shit.

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DrJosephWarren 14 points ago +16 / -2

Def Nav Av

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Badfinz_FL 28 points ago +31 / -3

Boeing 757-200

Best airliner ever built

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Thrasymachus 5 points ago +6 / -1

It was the same generation of engineers, yes, if not the same individuals.

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brundlefly777 0 points ago +2 / -2

Didn't the issue with the 737 MAX have to do with the autopilot software? That was the story they ran with, anyway.

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MawaDeBlanco1 -2 points ago +1 / -3

no, it was shitty 3rd world pilots blaming the software.

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aconcernedtroll 1 point ago +1 / -0

No, Boeing outsourced their software to 8 dollar an hr indians programmers. So literally bottom of the barrel, even for foreign contractors.

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yuri53122 0 points ago +1 / -1

I can certainly see a good argument for the 757, but for me, it's gotta be the MD-80

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Badfinz_FL 0 points ago +1 / -1

I flew both 757 and MD-88 love them both

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upupandaway 0 points ago +1 / -1

777-300 is my favorite

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Badfinz_FL 0 points ago +1 / -1

Capability and performance wise no airliner can match the 757-200.

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oldftg 22 points ago +24 / -2

A punch of right rudder at touchdown. Nice.

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No_Quarter 16 points ago +18 / -2

Get that dude a shot and a raise.

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VoteRepublicanAgain 7 points ago +8 / -1

Yes but not the clot shot though (vax)

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Big_dick_cheney 15 points ago +17 / -2

Gonna need a separate casket for this man’s balls when he passes

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Jackhererer 13 points ago +15 / -2
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BulletsForTeethORG 13 points ago +15 / -2

Yeah.... I don't fly.

No fooking way.

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skeletorcares 5 points ago +6 / -1

This is very uncommon.

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M8kMdlErthGr8Again 3 points ago +4 / -1

It’s not uncommon. This is the extreme end though.

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diogenesofthearch 11 points ago +13 / -2

I think that's the Microsoft Flight Simulator final boss.

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x79q3pb 9 points ago +11 / -2

I'd wager it doesn't allow for it too frequently though, it's still rolling on the equiv of chicken legs.

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Faulkner 10 points ago +13 / -3

The Air Force won’t be producing people who can do this anymore.

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Majestic_Clam 9 points ago +11 / -2

B-52's do this often :) Amazing to see in person.

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HunterSthompson 18 points ago +20 / -2

The B-52 actually has landing gear which will pivot in the direction of the runway which allows this to be done much easier.

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TDAF 8 points ago +10 / -2

Nice shootin', Tex.

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RealCleanUpPhilly 8 points ago +10 / -2

Is this Belgium? Only time I thought I'd be needing the barf bag. I was like "WHERE IS IT WHERE IS IT NO NO NO."

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kornesque 6 points ago +7 / -1

I did this in Dutch Harbor once on a little twin turboprop out of Anchorage. The jacked up part was the dogleg approach, it felt like he was crabbing o er the harbor to the left but then when he was ready to line up he had to switch to facing right. It also involves a healthy drop in altitude, I thought I was dead for sure, the touchdown was perfect.

The regulars were unimpressed but myself and a few first timers looked like overexposed photos for the next 10min. Amazing humans.

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FreedomFlowerDelta 6 points ago +7 / -1

These are the pilots they want to Vax

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Tenspot20 6 points ago +8 / -2

You'll pop a tire like that!

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skeletorcares 6 points ago +9 / -3

40 knots? Why was it not called off?

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__bryan 14 points ago +17 / -3

when you gotta go you gotta go

also bc not everyone is afraid of doing their job

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Taco_of_Kiev 7 points ago +9 / -2

Bet there was a line for the bathroom in the terminal after.

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skeletorcares 2 points ago +3 / -1

I was under the impression 30 was max, unless absolute emergency.

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Franklymydear 1 point ago +3 / -2

That is the aircraft limit - 40 kn direct crosswind

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skeletorcares 1 point ago +4 / -3

I mean rated to limit, yes, but 30+ has brought down a bunch of planes on approach. To force this landing needs a reason, especially on a seemingly commercial craft.

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Franklymydear 3 points ago +5 / -2

No you don’t need a reason. The reason should be landing - It’s not unsafe whatsoever unless it’s been accomplished by someone that shouldn’t be in an airline cockpit. It would be like saying, you should always fly below 40,000 feet. Even though the aircraft is rated to 42,000 feet. You can operate the aircraft all the time within the limits. It’s designed for that.

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skeletorcares -2 points ago +2 / -4

Hundreds if not thousands of people have died on that sentiment. Pilots, especially commercial don't take unnecessary risks like that.

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Franklymydear 2 points ago +4 / -2

It’s not an unnecessary risk. Stop being hyperbolic. It’s normal operations !!

And yes you are correct. Airline pilots do not take unnecessary risks. It is not risky to operate the aircraft within its rated envelope/ and a pilots skill set. It might surprise you that airline pilots train for 40 knot crosswinds all the time because that’s what the aircraft limit for the 757.

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skeletorcares -3 points ago +1 / -4

If an air traffic controller green lights a 40 knot commercial landing without justification they are done. Fired on the spot (OK well probably not due to the union, but will be kicked off then reprimanded). It's not hyperbole.

For example, do think it's ok to take 4gs because the plane can technically handle it?

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Franklymydear 0 points ago +1 / -1

Dude seriously you don’t know what you’re talking about. Controllers don’t determine what is permitted for an aircraft. The pilot does.

Additionally, air transport category jets are rated right around two G to 2.5G. And no pilot would deliberately overstress the aircraft. That’s why you can’t do aerobatics etc.

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redbeard 2 points ago +3 / -1

The air carrier in the video is probably European, Spain or something

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Kane 5 points ago +6 / -1

I don’t know how much side load the gear can take but…damn!

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Tomato 4 points ago +5 / -1

And Tokyo plane drifting was born.

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utfanx2 4 points ago +6 / -2

Multi-runway drifting.

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Thrasymachus 2 points ago +3 / -1

Kai Tak (the old Hong Kong airport) used to have pretty regular crosswinds.

I heard that in the olden days Kai Tak and Tegucigalpa were considered some of the spiciest landings (and consequently, pilot favorites for giving them some aircraft handling to do); that was a long time ago so I don't know what the current faves are.

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thoughtcriminal 2 points ago +3 / -1

I was in a plane that did that once. I doubt it was as extreme but I remember looking down the runway out of my window… extreme enough for me! Funny enough it actually felt very controlled, wheels touch down, nose steers straight, pilots lounge & blowjobs from FA’s (last part is an assumption)

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TrumpsBigBalls 2 points ago +3 / -1

What if I told you the automatic landing systems program the planes to do just that...

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Franklymydear 3 points ago +4 / -1

The auto land system is not rated for 40 kts… Maximum cross wind is 25 for that system

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Comntrinchief 2 points ago +3 / -1

I have a fraternity brother that is a Southwest pilot that says this isn’t that difficult. But he was also the biggest lush I knew in college and that says something.

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InternationalSpy007 2 points ago +3 / -1

Unless he is running out of gas, why not land at another airport?

Its great that he CAN do it, but the real question is, should he have?

edit: from reading the comments, it seems like this sort of thing is pretty common, done regularly, and actually safe. So perhaps I was wrong. Either way, good flying!

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Franklymydear 3 points ago +4 / -1

It is done very regularly. It’s not an emergency to land the airplane in the wind condition it is rated for… That’s why it’s called a limitation

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Kurama 1 point ago +2 / -1

Bro that must have been crazy to be a passenger on that flight

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Bearjew 1 point ago +2 / -1

Kick the rudder........NOW!

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BoughtByBloomberg2 1 point ago +2 / -1

Edit the Tokyo drift theme on that shit!

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mailinvoter 1 point ago +1 / -0

I did that twice just last week. No problem. /s

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iSignedUpForThis 0 points ago +1 / -1

I coulda did that.

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ripley88 0 points ago +1 / -1

Can you imagine being in the very back of that plane and seeing the runway under you like the pilot usually does?

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RlzJohnnyM 0 points ago +1 / -1

How is that possible?

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HiddenDekuScrub 2 points ago +3 / -1

A good headwind can make for a very gentle landing. Now imagine that coming on a diagonal. You can either fight it or use it. So if you want that gentle landing, well, there you go.

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CDean -1 points ago +5 / -6

Seems like they should have gone to a different airport or circled if the winds were dying down. Reckless. Good landing though

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DuhDuhDirty 13 points ago +15 / -2

Dude, they'd probably already been circling around for over an hour, the sky was probably filled with a ton of other planes doing the same thing, and the pilot was like, 'fuck it, i want a cigarette.'

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HungrySanta 4 points ago +6 / -2

Pfft

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Hassayamper -1 points ago +2 / -3

I’ve landed a Cessna 172 in a 40 knot crosswind, although I side slipped it onto one wheel instead of crabbing it like this guy.

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Voteordie -1 points ago +1 / -2

Pretty reckless honestly, should’ve been diverted elsewhere.

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Fidget 1 point ago +1 / -0

Maybe low fuel or nearby airports same conditions.

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Voteordie 1 point ago +1 / -0

Perhaps

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Californiasean9mm -3 points ago +3 / -6

Why the fuck is this here? Something shiny to avert your interest?

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magaprincess -1 points ago +2 / -3

Because OP uses PDW as his personal tumblr.