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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?


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.

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.


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!


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.