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  •  Yeah, here we go--Tex Johnson (4+ / 0-)

    The AF preferred to see much more conservative flying in those big planes--

    How many wrongs does it take to make a right?

    by pdknz on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:38:21 PM PST

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    •  Yes, I remember seeing an interview with Tex (7+ / 0-)

      about that maneuver with the 367-80 (707 prototype). His story was that he did a barrel roll in a maneuver that was about +1g at all times. Or anyway positive g, I have always thought that if you had only a little +g at the top that you would have to have something like +2g at the bottom, unless you gradually increased the radius of the roll as you rolled past 180 and on to 360. And that would be difficult.

      He said his main concern was not to uncover the fuel pumps (in the wing tanks) so as to avoid fuel starvation. He did the maneuver pretty low so there wasn't a lot of room to try restarting one or more engines.

      After explaining all that to the company president the next day, the prez said, well ok you're the expert, and thanks for the display, but don't do it again. Boeing had more than the net worth of the company tied up in that prototype and couldn't afford to use it. Amazingly, the cost of the plane was only in the tens of millions. Dollars went a lot further in those days...

      I've never heard that he rolled any of the other big Boeing iron, although the B-47 was said to handle pretty well. They used to do some pretty sprightly pylon turns around my neighborhood in Houston in the late 50s. Don't know if they were from Ellington or where.

      Also we would get big sonic booms from B-58s flying along the Gulf Coast in the early 60s when I lived there.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:13:37 PM PST

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