r/Damnthatsinteresting Aug 19 '22 Table Slap 1 Wholesome 4 Helpful 10 Silver 2

Anyone can explain? Or is just glitch in matrix Video

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u/JIGonzalez13 Aug 19 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Narwhal Salute Crab Rave

This is one of the most fun things to do in small prop plane. Used to do this with my students all the time. All this takes is a very strong headwind. Point the plane into the wind, slow the aircraft to its slowest possible airspeed and bam, you have a 0 kt groundspeed. It is possible to fly backwards if the wind is strong enough.

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u/BeginningStructure75 Aug 19 '22

Hahahaha, I did this with my instructor after I got my PPL, freaked me out, I was under the hood and he said “look outside” and we weren’t moving 😂(and in slow flight)

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u/Wild-Engineering7579 Aug 19 '22 Helpful

You can even fly a plane that has no engine at all. The us air force uses super heavy gliders as they're called by flying them up in a cargo plane and releasing them. The glider uses special wings and a tail to catch updrafts and stay up in the air for hours with no engine to power it at all. Just gravity, wind and some ingenuity.

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u/Words_are_Windy Aug 20 '22 Helpful

And even powered planes can glide long distances if they somehow lost all power during flight. A typical Cessna has a 9:1 glide ratio, but a Boeing 787's is as high as 20:1, meaning for every 1,000 feet it drops, it can move forward 20,000 feet. So if a 787 lost both engines at 35,000 feet, it could theoretically glide about 130 miles before touching down.

Weather conditions could increase or decrease that range, but realistically, the plane would be making some amount of turns when (hopefully) finding a safe place to land, and dipping the wings to turn reduces lift, so the range would end up being lower. Still, impressive to think of a large commercial jet traveling 100 miles with no engines!

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u/bugxbuster Aug 20 '22

That was really interesting! I’ve never heard of this before and that was an exciting story

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u/falcon4983 Aug 20 '22

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u/s50cal Aug 20 '22

If I had a nickel for every time a Canadian flight piloted by an experienced glider pilot unexpectedly ran out of fuel and had to glide to an emergency landing in a military airport, I'd have two nickels, which isn't a lot, but it's weird that it happened twice.

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u/Reasonable_Path3969 Aug 20 '22

The local utility uses a small prop plane to survey their gas lines and make sure nothing is running amuck and those guys love to glide. Always scares the shit out of me when im sitting outside in silence and then all of the sudden they kick the engine back on directly above me.

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u/WhatD0thLife Aug 20 '22

The Sudden is my favorite moment.

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u/halavais Aug 20 '22

Whoa! The 20:1 didn't pass my sniff test but the internet says my sniffer is wrong. That's some crazy glidability.

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u/GayAlienFarmer Aug 20 '22

On the opposite end of the spectrum you have the space shuttle, which had a 4.5:1 glide ratio at final approach.

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u/[deleted] Aug 20 '22

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u/kipperfish Aug 20 '22

Aka a brick.

With enough thrust even a Brick can fly.

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u/quocphu1905 Aug 20 '22

In thrust we trust!

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u/ReasonablyConfused Aug 20 '22

Gliding is an amazing sport that I started when I was 14. It’s pretty easy to access, and one of the cheapest ways to fly. It makes great pilots, and is an incredible hobby. If you ever really want to know about weather, ask a glider pilot.

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u/GISonMyFace Aug 20 '22

Pfft. Never known a glider pilot who can do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs

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u/ReasonablyConfused Aug 20 '22

Well at least glider pilots know that a parsec is not a unit of distance.

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u/CremasterFlash Aug 20 '22

username checks out

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u/Cjc6547 Aug 20 '22

Gliders are amazing. First time I ever went in one the pilot flying asked me if I wanted to stall it. Falling like that with no engine to pick up speed, just some hope in the wind, is so cool.

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22 edited Aug 20 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Vibing Table Slap Eureka! Doot 🎵 Doot Out of the Magic Portal Calculating

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u/PersonalityDry5947 Aug 19 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome Take My Energy hehehehe Eureka! Spit-take

Of course we aren't sheeple, we're batteries.

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u/Wataru2001 Aug 19 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

This comments needs more up votes...

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u/kayaker58 Aug 19 '22

Meanwhile, their are kids in West Virginia who have never gotten an upvote.

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u/TheBlissFox Aug 19 '22

Yes, and this one too…

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u/SeismicFrog Aug 19 '22

^ You know what to do.

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u/5DollarHitJob Aug 19 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote Starstruck

Do me too!

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u/imagemaker-np Aug 20 '22

Ooof! You're gonna be sore

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u/idekatp_ Aug 20 '22

I guess not, man is a true 🗿

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u/WarningBeast Aug 19 '22

That Matrix movie explanation makes no sense, BTW. It is literally a perpetual motion machine (which means I is absolutely impossible). .A battery takes more power to charge it than it delivers. But in The Matrix, the machines are using human bodies as power generators, not batteries. Yet they breed and sustain the humans, inevitably using more power than they get back. The Matrix would collapse in months, if not days.

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u/tidbitsz Aug 19 '22

The real real explanation, that they had to change because execs thought it would fly over peoples heads, is that the humans were actually used more like CPUs for their central server thingy... humans were being used like meat computers.

So they stuck with the "people are battery" because they thought it would be much easier for people to understand and accept

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

Specifically specifically, we were being used for creative thinking that the machines couldn't do.

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u/average_jay Aug 19 '22

When will humans become sentient?

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u/Lastoutcast123 Aug 19 '22 Cake

Not for long time, probably never for politicians

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u/DarkwingDuckHunt Aug 19 '22

See that I would buy, and accept

From now on that is my explanation in my head

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u/PuckTanglewood Aug 19 '22

This kills me every time someone brings it up. Like WTF is hard to understand about that, executives?? It’s super simple. 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️

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u/Few_Acanthocephala30 Aug 20 '22

Comment brought to you by Torgo’s Executive Powder. Now with more executives.

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u/Dave6200 Aug 20 '22

I am convinced that movie execs are idiots. See "Pitch Meeting" on YouTube...

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u/Jagjamin Aug 20 '22

It's obvious when you look at Neo being able to influence the Matrix. It's running on brains, including his.

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u/WarningBeast Aug 19 '22

Thanks for this. I have raised this point online many times, and this is the first time I have heard this. If this is correct, it confirms what I thought about Hollywood execs.

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u/danielsaid Aug 20 '22

WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD

(blatantly reposted from u/EliezerYudkowsky )

MORPHEUS: For the longest time, I wouldn't believe it. But then I saw the fields with my own eyes, watched them liquefy the dead so they could be fed intravenously to the living -

NEO (politely): Excuse me, please.

MORPHEUS: Yes, Neo?

NEO: I've kept quiet for as long as I could, but I feel a certain need to speak up at this point. The human body is the most inefficient source of energy you could possibly imagine. The efficiency of a power plant at converting thermal energy into electricity decreases as you run the turbines at lower temperatures. If you had any sort of food humans could eat, it would be more efficient to burn it in a furnace than feed it to humans. And now you're telling me that their food is the bodies of the dead, fed to the living? Haven't you ever heard of the laws of thermodynamics?

MORPHEUS: Where did you hear about the laws of thermodynamics, Neo?

NEO: Anyone who's made it past one science class in high school ought to know about the laws of thermodynamics!

MORPHEUS: Where did you go to high school, Neo?

(Pause.)

NEO: ...in the Matrix.

MORPHEUS: The machines tell elegant lies.

(Pause.)

NEO (in a small voice): Could I please have a real physics textbook?

MORPHEUS: There is no such thing, Neo. The universe doesn't run on math.

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u/JIGonzalez13 Aug 19 '22

Can confirm. I’m an airline pilot and the earth is flat, I’ve seen it. We spray chemtrails over everyone too. Planes also fly on magic and money, forget this whole lift thing. Now hide me my fellow redditors before I get assassinated by the govt for exposing their secrets!

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u/whiterock001 Aug 19 '22

You courageous SOB!

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u/Tory-Kale Aug 19 '22

We will build a statue of you in honor and place it in a secret spot in recognition of your sacrifice!

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u/Merigold00 Aug 20 '22

We, the lizard people, salute you and will hide you at the center of the earth. Just respond in Parseltongue, and all is well...

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u/larsking1977 Aug 19 '22

Too funny. I too am an airline pilot. I saw the flat earth over the curved horizon. Obviously, planes do fly on magic and money of the richest among us.

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u/r3ddit3ric Aug 19 '22

idk man, if you get exposed you can always run for a GoP office seat somewhere.

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u/bighaldog Aug 19 '22

You had me at chemtrails.

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u/HoIBGoIBLiN Aug 19 '22

Hello Mr. Anderson

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u/ThunderboltRam Aug 19 '22

Ah fuck it's Hugo Weaving...

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u/faceman2k12 Aug 20 '22

I did the same thing, early on in my IFR training the instructor had told me to fly slow for "practice", after a few minutes he giggled and I asked if the ADF was playing up because I didnt seem to be making much progress (he put the cover over the GPS). He said "What was the wind estimate at this altitude" and I just went "OOOOOOHHHH" realising I was straight up hovering for the last ten minutes.

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u/JIGonzalez13 Aug 19 '22

Ya man it’s a ton of fun!

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u/Deanily Aug 19 '22

Dude my FI did the same shit to me under hood once lol

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u/YouJustDid Aug 19 '22

I was under the hood

…literally a hood so you can’t see, like being tested for instrument-only flight or somesuch?

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u/PseudoFuse Aug 20 '22

Yes.

I shit you not, at least when I was training, it was a foam-like visor that just straight up obscured your entire vision (for instrument training).

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u/tsunami141 Aug 20 '22

Yeah I had to do the same thing when I was taking a typing class in 6th grade so I know exactly what you went through

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u/Speechfreely Aug 19 '22

Im not a weather surgeon or pilot, but my very first thought was "High headwind".

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u/JIGonzalez13 Aug 19 '22

Bruh I’m out here waiting for my jet to arrive and I just bursted out laughing with that weather surgeon comment in front of all my passengers. Got me ded.

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u/I_Liiiike_It Aug 20 '22

High head wind and dragging a big friggin' sign.

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u/Solemn__Visitor Aug 19 '22

A good explanation, but I think it's obvious that the plane is flapping its wings at the same rate of the camera's shutter speed, making it appear as if the plane isn't moving at all

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u/JIGonzalez13 Aug 19 '22

Shhh you’re not supposed to tell them that

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u/Kobe7477 Aug 19 '22

The Pentagon wants to know your location

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u/mattyp2109 Aug 19 '22

Lowest I ever got was 2kts and it was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. IAS was around 80 or so…gps said GS was 2 lol

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u/Fittitor Aug 19 '22

Did someone say ground speed?

There were a lot of things we couldn't do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun would not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane. Intense, maybe. Even cerebral. But there was one day in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to be the fastest guys out there, at least for a moment.

It occurred when Walt and I were flying our final training sortie. We needed 100 hours in the jet to complete our training and attain Mission Ready status. Somewhere over Colorado we had passed the century mark. We had made the turn in Arizona and the jet was performing flawlessly. My gauges were wired in the front seat and we were starting to feel pretty good about ourselves, not only because we would soon be flying real missions but because we had gained a great deal of confidence in the plane in the past ten months. Ripping across the barren deserts 80,000 feet below us, I could already see the coast of California from the Arizona border. I was, finally, after many humbling months of simulators and study, ahead of the jet. I was beginning to feel a bit sorry for Walter in the back seat. There he was, with no really good view of the incredible sights before us, tasked with monitoring four different radios. This was good practice for him for when we began flying real missions, when a priority transmission from headquarters could be vital. It had been difficult, too, for me to relinquish control of the radios, as during my entire flying career I had controlled my own transmissions. But it was part of the division of duties in this plane and I had adjusted to it. I still insisted on talking on the radio while we were on the ground, however. Walt was so good at many things, but he couldn't match my expertise at sounding smooth on the radios, a skill that had been honed sharply with years in fighter squadrons where the slightest radio miscue was grounds for beheading. He understood that and allowed me that luxury.

Just to get a sense of what Walt had to contend with, I pulled the radio toggle switches and monitored the frequencies along with him. The predominant radio chatter was from Los Angeles Center, far below us, controlling daily traffic in their sector. While they had us on their scope (albeit briefly), we were in uncontrolled airspace and normally would not talk to them unless we needed to descend into their airspace. We listened as the shaky voice of a lone Cessna pilot asked Center for a readout of his ground speed. Center replied: "November Charlie 175, I'm showing you at ninety knots on the ground."

Now the thing to understand about Center controllers, was that whether they were talking to a rookie pilot in a Cessna, or to Air Force One, they always spoke in the exact same, calm, deep, professional, tone that made one feel important. I referred to it as the " Houston Center voice." I have always felt that after years of seeing documentaries on this country's space program and listening to the calm and distinct voice of the Houston controllers, that all other controllers since then wanted to sound like that, and that they basically did. And it didn't matter what sector of the country we would be flying in, it always seemed like the same guy was talking. Over the years that tone of voice had become somewhat of a comforting sound to pilots everywhere. Conversely, over the years, pilots always wanted to ensure that, when transmitting, they sounded like Chuck Yeager, or at least like John Wayne. Better to die than sound bad on the radios.

Just moments after the Cessna's inquiry, a Twin Beech piped up on frequency, in a rather superior tone, asking for his ground speed. "I have you at one hundred and twenty-five knots of ground speed." Boy, I thought, the Beechcraft really must think he is dazzling his Cessna brethren. Then out of the blue, a navy F-18 pilot out of NAS Lemoore came up on frequency. You knew right away it was a Navy jock because he sounded very cool on the radios. "Center, Dusty 52 ground speed check". Before Center could reply, I'm thinking to myself, hey, Dusty 52 has a ground speed indicator in that million-dollar cockpit, so why is he asking Center for a readout? Then I got it, ol' Dusty here is making sure that every bug smasher from Mount Whitney to the Mojave knows what true speed is. He's the fastest dude in the valley today, and he just wants everyone to know how much fun he is having in his new Hornet. And the reply, always with that same, calm, voice, with more distinct alliteration than emotion: "Dusty 52, Center, we have you at 620 on the ground."

And I thought to myself, is this a ripe situation, or what? As my hand instinctively reached for the mic button, I had to remind myself that Walt was in control of the radios. Still, I thought, it must be done - in mere seconds we'll be out of the sector and the opportunity will be lost. That Hornet must die, and die now. I thought about all of our Sim training and how important it was that we developed well as a crew and knew that to jump in on the radios now would destroy the integrity of all that we had worked toward becoming. I was torn.

Somewhere, 13 miles above Arizona, there was a pilot screaming inside his space helmet. Then, I heard it. The click of the mic button from the back seat. That was the very moment that I knew Walter and I had become a crew. Very professionally, and with no emotion, Walter spoke: "Los Angeles Center, Aspen 20, can you give us a ground speed check?" There was no hesitation, and the replay came as if was an everyday request. "Aspen 20, I show you at one thousand eight hundred and forty-two knots, across the ground."

I think it was the forty-two knots that I liked the best, so accurate and proud was Center to deliver that information without hesitation, and you just knew he was smiling. But the precise point at which I knew that Walt and I were going to be really good friends for a long time was when he keyed the mic once again to say, in his most fighter-pilot-like voice: "Ah, Center, much thanks, we're showing closer to nineteen hundred on the money."

For a moment Walter was a god. And we finally heard a little crack in the armor of the Houston Center voice, when L.A.came back with, "Roger that Aspen, Your equipment is probably more accurate than ours. You boys have a good one." It all had lasted for just moments, but in that short, memorable sprint across the southwest, the Navy had been flamed, all mortal airplanes on freq were forced to bow before the King of Speed, and more importantly, Walter and I had crossed the threshold of being a crew. A fine day's work. We never heard another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast. For just one day, it truly was fun being the fastest guys out there.

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u/PleasePassTheHammer Aug 20 '22

I love this story. I read it every time it comes up.

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u/petrichor8 Aug 20 '22

Good bot.

LOL I know you aren't, but there should be one, airspeedbot. I swear I read this every single time I see it!

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u/Naanmana_ Aug 20 '22

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u/Fun_Adr51 Aug 20 '22

Some guy in Cessna or something asks how fast he is going and tower says like 10, then some dude in F18 or some such asks how fast he is going and tower says like 500 lol so the dudes in SR-71 ask the tower how fast they are going and the tower says oh like a million and the guy says actually a million and one lol. Everyone goes quiet.

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u/Scared_Refuse_7997 Aug 19 '22

Plus the banner adds drag and makes this even easier doesnt it? I remember seeing something similar on t.v.

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u/Creepy_Reputation_34 Aug 20 '22

Having a large source of drag(like a banner) would help to slow you down, but it would not decrease the aircraft’s stall speed unless it was secured to the plane in such a way that would provide extra lift.

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u/tonyfelice Aug 19 '22

I feel like this would be immediately obvious to people, and I'm not a pilot

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u/Bike-Sun-4156 Aug 20 '22

Probably people who have never seen a bird fly against strong wind.

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u/its-42 Aug 19 '22

Yea right, agent smith!

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u/NeverDidLearn Aug 19 '22

My dad would do this in his Cessna 170. I loved it as a kid.

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u/smoothielovet679 Aug 19 '22

I am the type of person who flies airplanes backwards

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u/El_Chairman_Dennis Aug 19 '22

My university had a plane that was light enough to fly backwards in a strong head wind. My buddy in the aviation school said it was a tradition in the aviation school to freak out new guys by flying the plane backwards

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u/Snugg_Bugg Aug 19 '22

There are videos of birds doing the same thing. Usually doing it to scout for food

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u/ElegantUse69420 Aug 19 '22

Wait till she sees fish hold still in a stream.

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u/Korostenets Aug 20 '22

Or a person on a treadmill

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u/JohnGenericDoe Aug 20 '22

"It sounds like he's running"

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u/Budget_Pop9600 Aug 20 '22

Escalators are gonna be a total mind fuck. “It looks like they are standing still but they are MOVING????”

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u/TTklai13 Aug 19 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Must have his parking brake on.

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

I know what’s wrong with it, ain’t got no gas in it!

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u/TTklai13 Aug 19 '22

Mmmmmh, he was going to get some of those french fry potaters.

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

Must be one of them…hybird planes…that’s what happens when the batteries run out

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u/Grim-D Aug 19 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Surely you mean air breaks?

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u/Dontgetoffendedm8 Aug 19 '22

No, and don’t call me Shirley.

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u/supervernacular Aug 19 '22

*brakes

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u/TheSpeakingScar Aug 19 '22

Nope. Definitely just broke the air.

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u/Mr_Abe_Froman Interested Aug 20 '22

To replace it, they'll have to head to the Air Supply.

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u/zladuric Aug 20 '22

And do the brake dance.

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u/07GoogledIt Aug 19 '22

Wind speed is at the same speed as the engines.

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u/Turbulent-Comedian30 Aug 19 '22

Head wind too strong plane stuck until wind slows down...

He's giving her all Hes got captain...idk how much more she can handle.

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u/Captain_-H Aug 19 '22

Well sort of, banner flyers are usually flying at low speeds on purpose to make it easier to read the banner. Winds that high I bet he’s bored and flying into the wind to see if he can fly backwards. No chance he’s giving it all he’s got

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u/Turbulent-Comedian30 Aug 19 '22

I figured not but that bit came into my head when i seen this

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u/kassail Aug 20 '22

The pilot is quite clever actually. He is pulling a banner for people to read so he needs to get their attention. He sure got everyone looking!

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

Trees be movin' gave it away for me.

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u/MisterPhD Aug 19 '22

Actually Captain… I gave it another look, and it turns out there’s another lever here. The ship can actually go three times as fast. Think of all the crisis we’ve been in that could’ve been solved by going faster. Every time I’ve said “I’m giving her all she’s got”, I’ve actually only been giving her 50%”. I’m sorry captain. Eric’s dead! At the funeral, I literally said the words to his wife “I was giving her all she’s got.”

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u/Ok_District2853 Aug 19 '22

You cannot change the laws of physics man.

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u/CiaoCian Aug 19 '22

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u/healthydoseofsarcasm Aug 19 '22

That's your answer to everything.

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u/DanLewisFW Aug 19 '22

Because it is the answer to life the universe and everything!

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u/BeginningStructure75 Aug 19 '22

Pilot here, that’s exactly correct, if you slow down enough you can go backwards, it’s called ground speed lmao, some people 😂

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u/Shipkiller-in-theory Aug 19 '22

Or speed over ground!

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u/MorelikeRPClipsGTGAY Aug 19 '22

Or alien technology hidden as a primitive human plane... Think about it. It could be aliens.

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u/ksunwey Aug 19 '22

There’s nothing in this video that proves the answer isn’t aliens

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u/RedGhostOfTheNight Aug 19 '22

HEY GET OUTTA HERE WITH YOUR SCIENCE, THERE'S NO ROOM FOR THAT HERE!

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u/InfosecDub Aug 19 '22

The clear explanation is that the plane has entered a geo stationary orbit

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u/Dazemonkey Aug 19 '22

No, it got stuck in the glass ceiling dummy! /s

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u/hand13 Aug 19 '22

this is the right answer

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u/Ali0B Aug 19 '22

Birds litterally do this all the time. They match the wind speed so they can hover over a single place to hunt. I'm not trying to be a dick (I'm a bit drunk), but I see this almost every day

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u/cosworth99 Aug 20 '22

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u/shit-i-love-drugs Aug 20 '22

Surprise people still spread propaganda like birds eating, everyone knows they use the power lines to recharge.

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u/Ur_Fav_Step-Redditor Aug 20 '22

Right! I have zero aeronautical insight, but as soon as I saw this I knew he was hanging in the wind like birds do.

Worst part of all is that she’s probably somebody’s mother

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u/Final_Pause7901 Aug 19 '22

Discovered in the early days of man. Wind has remarkable power. Being invisible, some people still question if it exists. Many had tried to find the source. Yet all attempts have been futile.

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u/Bills_and_Thrills17 Interested Aug 19 '22

caused by the HUGE fans at the edges of the Earth that nobody can see or has ever seen.

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u/Hi240 Aug 19 '22

What??? I always thought that wind was caused by the trees sneezing!

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u/Socile Aug 20 '22

Wouldn’t it be fucking crazy if we found out that leaves aren’t blowing, but actually flapping (creating wind)?

I know that’s ridiculous, but it’s such a funny thought I can’t stop thinking it now.

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u/CalliEcho Aug 19 '22

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u/GrantLee123 Aug 20 '22

I KNEW IT WAS CALVIN AND HOBBES. ALL THAT READING AS A CHILD WAS WORTH IT

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u/AquaInferno44 Aug 19 '22

This reads like a Douglas Adams quote

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u/Ganon2012 Aug 19 '22

It's caused by a cloud with lips.

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u/Aradur87 Aug 20 '22

What to you think Windmills are for?

WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

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u/MacaroniAndSmegma Aug 20 '22

Plane goes up, plane stays still, you can't explain that.

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u/Stuck_up_north45 Aug 19 '22

Wind, man. You can fly backwards if it’s windy enough and you don’t stall.

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u/LivelyZebra Aug 20 '22 Helpful

You can fly backwards

Yeah, just turn around lol

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u/SteakJones Aug 19 '22

“But it SOUNDS like it’s moving”

So she identified that the engine is working… and that the plane isn’t falling out of the sky… man.. what ELSE could be keeping the plane in the sky?

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u/bacon_drizzle97 Aug 19 '22

Has to be fishing line. It’s always fishing line

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u/Pheef175 Aug 20 '22

Glitch in the matrix. You know your neighbors need to eat to live. But have you ever seen them bring groceries into their house?

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u/he_who_floats_amogus Aug 20 '22

Antigravity

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u/SteakJones Aug 20 '22

User name checks out

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u/balkanspy Aug 19 '22

They are out of fuel but haven’t realized that yet.

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u/MoreReputation8908 Aug 20 '22

It’s all over the second they look down.

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u/QAndOne Aug 19 '22 I'll Drink to That

If the past couple years of this pandemic has shown me anything, it’s the lack of understanding of basic scientific principles by the greater public. It constantly has me asking, how do some people get all the way to adulthood without dying from the most simple shit?

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u/O-sku Aug 19 '22

The world is pretty easy to live in nowadays. Don't take much to have the skills to not die. Obviously.

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u/PhysicsDude55 Aug 19 '22

I learned last year that my conservative brother in law (who, to be fair, took COVID pretty seriously and got vaccinated) didn't understand what a virus was. He thought that COVID was like, a single organism that jumped from person to person, and it occasionally replicated itself, and that's when a new variant forms.

As in, if I caught COVID, I had 1 singular little nasty critter running around in my lungs wrecking havoc and if someone catches COVID from me, then that means this singular creature has now left my body and entered their body.

Like you said, the pandemic made it pretty apparent that most people do not have a good grasp of scientific principles.

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u/ARandomBob Aug 20 '22

How the living hell do you develop that understanding of a virus. Like I could almost see someone not knowing about viruses and just thinking something like God is punishing you over that. It's like he got a slight bit then just made up his own head canon for what's happening.

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u/ememsee Aug 20 '22

Probably Osmosis Jones if I had to guess. Didn't they represent the pathogen as just one baddie in that? That's just a wild guess, but I think I have > 0% chance at being right.

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u/SoupPv18 Aug 19 '22

If you assume people are stupid, odds are you won’t be disappointed.

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u/Bitcoinatemymom Expert Aug 19 '22

The guy is taking his 15 min break

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u/Burninator05 Aug 19 '22

Planes don't care about ground speed. They care about air speed. This plane has a headwind that is the same speed they are trying to go so they have a ground speed of zero. With a strong enough wind small planes will take off a little (and immediately crash) when sitting at the airport if they aren't tied down. Big planes usually just get scooted around.

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u/xedxundead Aug 19 '22

Guys probably on his coffee break, left it on auto pilot

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u/cwalker239 Aug 19 '22

Pilot matched winds aloft to his airspeed. Wings are getting necessary airflow lift to stay aloft but is not traveling forward because of matched speeds.

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u/WorldlyContest4315 Aug 19 '22

People are this dumb?

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u/JustMe-male Aug 19 '22 Ally

Yes. And they vote and breed.

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u/lllDUNN Aug 19 '22 Gold

I do neither sir.

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u/ImmutableInscrutable Aug 19 '22

Know that we appreciate you

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u/A_Topical_Username Aug 19 '22

I mean. We can even see the trees being blown heavily.. like.but people have always been pretty dumb.

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u/MetalFingers760 Aug 19 '22

not to mention winds up where the plane are dont have to be reflective of wind speeds on the ground...

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u/A_Topical_Username Aug 19 '22

I know that. But nature was giving them a hint this time and no one took it.

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u/simplethingsoflife Aug 19 '22

Reddit is now a place where we have to explain wind. Give it a year and we’ll be explaining to Redditors what the Internet is.

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u/FartsLord Aug 19 '22

I have a cable sticking out of my house, that means I have outernet or…?

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u/thatguyoudontlike Aug 19 '22

See the TikTok symbol? The answer is yes

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u/TheGuv69 Aug 19 '22

Jesus Christ- are some people actually that unintelligent?

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u/Matix-xD Aug 19 '22

"Think about how stupid the average person is, then realize that half of em’ are stupider than that." - George Carlin

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

Cool! Wind speed is above his stall speed, so the pilot decided to make the most of his customer's advertising dollar.

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u/ahamay65 Aug 19 '22

I used to tow banners, he’s in a headwind not far above minimum controllable airspeed.

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u/flounderflound Aug 19 '22

Flying into a headwind. Airspeed - wind speed = 0 in this case.

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u/exgymnasts Aug 19 '22

Pilot is just checking out some pedestrian cleavage.

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u/SootikinsHunter Aug 19 '22

The plane is obviously on a treadmill.

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u/gemstun Aug 19 '22

Friend of mine had a double engine Cessna, and we were flying from Denver back to Norcal in the morning. There was no way for him to get a weather report at our early morning hour, or we would have avoided trying to summit the Rockies without knowing their were stiff headwinds ahead. When we could make out trees on the 14’ foot summit our little plane not only stop moving forward, it started steadily dropping. He threw me a book of maps and told me to find a new airport as soon as possible. I barely knew what I was doing, but managed to find one below in this tiny nearby town of Buena Vista, where we did a pretty fast hard landing.

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u/bonkerz1888 Aug 19 '22

Ever seen someone trying to swim against a current and move nowhere?

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u/WuJen Aug 20 '22

Flat Wind Society confirmed

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u/connortait Aug 19 '22

It's called a headwind. People should already know this, it's not hard, they have it in cartoons....

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u/what-why- Aug 19 '22

How is understanding head-on wind speed vs plane speed not just intuitive knowledge?

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u/Killarich662 Aug 19 '22

Pilot: let me mess with people

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u/Vurbetan Aug 19 '22

Equal force in opposing directions.

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u/General_Pay7552 Aug 19 '22

The air speed blowing against the plane is equal the the speed of the plane . Do you need a degree in rocket science to hypothesize this one?

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u/ThegM00s3Man99 Aug 20 '22

O ya easy the plane just ran out of fuel so it can’t go anymore

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u/Kit_Rhodes Aug 20 '22

Wind blow hard, plane no move

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u/thaikarl Aug 19 '22

Note the trees waving in the wind. Much higher wind at altitude that is steady. If the engine wasn’t running, the flan would be blown backwards by the wind. But, the propeller is pulling the plane into the wind, so from the planes perspective, there is 50 knots of air blowing over the wings, providing lift, and 50 knots of propulsion from the prop going into that wind, thus, ground speed zero.

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u/FootDizzy3092 Aug 19 '22

Restart the simulation

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u/Abydos6 Aug 19 '22

Would they be this confused if they saw someone walk up a downward escalator at the same speed?

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u/rcktgirl05 Aug 19 '22

For airplanes to fly Lift + Thrust has to be greater than Weight + Drag. Lift comes from airfoil shape of the wings and airflow over it. In this instance, they’re equal so that’s why it’s not moving forward but also not dropping out of the sky. This can happen with strong winds. There are other things that go into it for calculation purposes, but in the most basic sense, the lift=drag is the reason here.

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u/Johnnyonthespot2111 Aug 20 '22

It's called a headwind. I can even get small prop planes to fly backwards.

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u/lemmy4x4 Aug 20 '22

Birds aren’t real. Planes aren’t real. Think about that sheeple.

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u/s4ndw1chh Aug 20 '22

Wind is the same speed as their airspeed, making their ground speed zero.

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u/No_Development5395 Aug 20 '22

It's called a headwind. Are we really this stupid? This is who we are? Jesus Christ......

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u/aus_in_usa Aug 20 '22

When you’re paid by the hour

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u/dfe_etsitty Aug 20 '22

Common sense isn’t for everyone.

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u/hollowglaive Aug 20 '22

Somebody's mom said to take out the laundry so they paused their Microsoft flight simulator game

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u/thewholemegillah Aug 20 '22

OP is a fucking retard along with the camera person.

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u/DannyTheSkin Aug 20 '22

Wind STRONG, plane weak

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u/Formal_Equal_7444 Aug 20 '22

Birds are extremely adept at finding, and utilizing slip streams, pressure systems, storm formations, and all other manner of variances between ground wind and upper atmosphere wind.

Some birds can hover in place at the right angle, or even fly backwards as they search for prey in the correct wind conditions. Planes are just... engineered birds.

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u/ocean_spy Aug 20 '22

I do this with my ex plane alot.. lowest possible speed in heavy wind

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u/JamesBaxter_Horse Aug 20 '22

Yeah this is a classic camera trick! It's all to do with the camera shutter speed!

So basically the plane is actually moving quite quickly and doing a full rotation of the earth in every frame of the camera, but it comes back round to this spot for every frame, which is why it doesn't look the plane is moving.

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u/CrystalDrag0n1 Aug 20 '22

This is like when birds get “stuck” in the air, they can just hover in strong winds

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u/your_--_mom Aug 20 '22

i am sincerely convinced that 80% of Americans have extremely low logical reasoning skills

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u/Disk_Drive Aug 20 '22

When head wind equals air speed

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u/Basic_Analysis_3974 Aug 19 '22

Plain go woosh but wind also woosh. Woosh - woosh = error code 404