Aerobatics can be fun. I know because I experienced it as a passenger 8 years ago in a Yak-52 at "my" gliding club in Eschwege, Germany. Loopings, turns, rolls, inverted flight. It was thrilling. So was the fast low pass over the airstrip at 30 odd feet. (I know, not much margin) It never crossed my mind that some daring people would use a heavy plane to perform their tricks, but these firefighters did so at what I think is/was their home base using a Canadair CL-215 'Scooper'. I suppose their bosses weren't quite pleased but the sight and sound are amazing, to say the least.
I removed the link showing the Canadair performing its "aerobatic manoeuvers" because of what 'hobofat' wrote in his reaction. I would be very blunt if I would have left the link in this post.
'hobofat', my apologies for this. I've seen the Youtube video of the B-52 crash and I just couldn't believe my eyes. That must have been a very traumatic experience for you and those who were with you and all others involved. Particularly when one is that young, it remains etched in ones memory.
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2008 7:36:07 GMT -5 by Maarten
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Growing up in the air force, one of my friend's fathers was a navigator on a B-52 crew, and they did a lot of airshows. It's amazing the maneuvers one can pull in a plane of that size. I hear too in the heat of a warzone that pilots have performed maneuvers in heavy metal that are not supposed to be possible.
Very sadly, in preparation for an airshow, the pilot of my friend's fathers crew pushed the plane too hard, something he had been reprimanded for on more than one occasion. I was watching the entire thing, and it took more than a few minutes to sink in what had just happened.
1 million dollar per month is quite a bit, but I'm sure these birds and their crews are worth the money. Firefighters have my greatest respect.
Below a few videos feat. the CL-215 (P&W Double Wasp CA3), one feat. the CL-215T (cvtd. CL-215 with P&W Canada PW123AF turboprops) and a few feat. the CL-415 (current version with P&W Canada PW123AF turboprops). For those who are into turboprops: sorry, I am an R-2800 Double Wasp anorak.