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FlintGlock
01-10-2004, 16:31
hi people,

i was in lubbock, tx a couple of months ago. while driving around
i noticed a passenger jet that appeared to motionless in the sky.
is it possible for jets on approach to go that slow to appear to be hovering?

thanks

Skyhook
01-10-2004, 16:39
Key word here is 'appear'.

Hovering planes--- naw, I don't think so.

01-10-2004, 17:06
Sure...if you get enough headwind;) .

Medpilot 2
01-10-2004, 17:57
Originally posted by Xtra
Sure...if you get enough headwind;) .

Yeah, I agree. Yesterday I was flying into HRL and on downwind with an indicated speed of 160 I was doing well over 200 across the ground and then when I went to turn final my ground speed went down to 80 kts with and indicated speed of 120.

After landing I watched a Southwest 737 come in and it looked like they were doing slow flight over the runway...looked petty cool.

01-10-2004, 19:14
Believe it or not, I've actually flown backwards in a Cessna. Just hang it on the prop in a strong headwind.

C150J
01-10-2004, 23:04
When my family owned a C-150J with STOL, I would dump the flaps, head into the wind, get it down to a 35kt. IAS, and do the moonwalk. I miss my AVERAGE 500' rollout. I don't miss the 11GPH E-320 under the cowling. Having standard tanks, endurance was a joke.

J.

Exile
01-12-2004, 10:01
Not all planes need 120kts plus to stay airborne.

I was doing basic flying training with the Navy in a light single and got into some lenticular waves. Not only were we flying forwards but travelling backwards, it was difficult to descend, short of pointing the nose at the ground!

;P

Skyhook
01-12-2004, 11:27
Well, I guess the original post stipulating "passenger jet" kinda directed me away from J-3s, Aeroncas, Ultralights, ets all of which I had also managed a reverse ground speed while flying.