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  1. I was so amazed at the landing bounce that I didn't notice the most important aspect of the event - the impact of the tail with the runway. Fortunately, several eagle-eyed Youtubers did - notably megathumper777, and Maganpilota - Private Pilot N. Zoltan who gave a great description of the action in the comments section of the original video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw-EJUB4CKs It seemed only fair to upload a new video highlighting the tail scrape and the reason for it - a 10 knot loss of indicated air speed due to negative windshear at a critical moment of the approach. Also, many people thought the vapour puffs from the wingtip areas were just wake condensation, so I've included a section showing the surge tank vents on this aircraft - ejection of fuel through these vents is not uncommon in turbulent conditions when the wings flex. There is an independent photo of the plane after it had taxied to the hangar area at BHX, showing the damaged tailskid, at https://www.bhxspotter.com/c-gjcb-gl5t-departs-to-toronto-raf-hs146-ze707-arrives/SOURCE
  2. By far the biggest landing bounce I've seen for a plane as heavy as 40-tonnes. As you can see, the force of the impact causes the wings to bend and fuel to be ejected from the wingtips. The day was one of strong winds more or less along the runway, gusting to around 24 knots (28mph). The plane has been hangared at BHX in the days since the incident, but I've no idea if this 'touchdown' on 1 February 2018 is the reason.SOURCE
  3. A very wild, wet and windy start to 24 January 2018 as a vicious squally band swept towards and then over and beyond BHX. Several pilots mentioned severe turbulence on the approach, with windshear of 40 knots reported. All airport operations were suspended for around half an hour just after the shots here were taken, with landings in fact not resuming for about an hour. On resumption the wind had passed through the crosswind phase, and the opposite runway was in use.SOURCE
  4. With main landing gear rocking and twisting without grip after touching down, the whole undercarriage is on the right side of the runway before the action of the spoilers, rudder and rightmost gear finally jerk the 400 tonne beast back to the runway centre.SOURCE
  5. A very cold day in December produced both shots here. Note that the rainbow effect is associated with the condensation trailing behind the wing surfaces, and not with the main vapor trails from the engines.SOURCE
  6. The first named storm to hit the UK in 2018, peaking around midday in Birmingham on January 3. The maximum recorded gust at the airport was just over 40mph, though most were 30-35mph. Wind direction was about 40 degrees off a crosswind. Most of the action happened on the approach, where the conditions caused wobbles and wing-flexing, but touchdowns went pretty smoothly - eg the A380 here looked as though it might be in for a rough landing, but a neat flick of the rudder sorted things out.SOURCE
  7. The only plane on Earth with engines blasting the runway edge with well over 30 tonnes of thrust, this A380 on its takeoff run smashes the remaining snow and ice like nothing else can. Everyone have a great 2018!SOURCE
  8. This video follows the connecting and breaking within a section of the vapor trail behind a Cargolux Boeing 747 flying at 35000 feet. Quickly after forming behind each engine, the left side pair of trails merge with each other and with the clockwise-spinning (as seen from behind) left wingtip vortex, with the right pair doing the same with the anticlockwise right wingtip vortex. After about 2 minutes, the two vortices begin to visibly interact, forming a series of separated loops, one of which is shown here - this is the "Crow Instability" (named after its discoverer). On this occasion, the loop "disconnects" after a few seconds, going back to two mini twisters.SOURCE
  9. Fascinating to see how the undercarriage copes with being thumped into the ground. Closeups of the action on a day of strong winds at about 45 degrees to the runway direction. Starring Gulfstream IV, Dash-8, A380 and 737.SOURCE
  10. This is Air France flight AF179 from Mexico City to Paris on 27 October 2017. The video covers most of its journey over England.SOURCE
  11. Most aviation-oriented folk will know that Monarch Airlines ceased a few weeks ago, but it may not be as well-known that the name and famous "spotty M" logo live on, in Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL). As a "standalone business within the Monarch Group", MAEL were not directly affected when the airline went under, so continue operations at their bases. All footage here is from the period since the airline closed, and shows some of the more recent customers at their Birmingham Airport Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) base, including Evelop and the Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian 787 Dreamliners. The Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin Il-76 arrived from Seattle, bringing Boeing equipment to the facility. https://www.monarchaircraftengineering.com/SOURCE
  12. Landings and takeoffs during torrential downpours over summer 2017, focusing mainly on the 'body spray' shed by planes as they blast through the rain.SOURCE
  13. Summer 2017. Even the relatively stable summer season has periods here and there when the wind gets up and the local landscape creates tricky turbulence for planes...SOURCE
  14. As seen from behind, all the props spin anticlockwise. The wingtip vortices spin anticlockwise from the right wing, clockwise from the left. The interactions between all that spinning air are obviously complex, but the outside right propeller, at least, should enhance the right wingtip vortex, as they are spinning the same way. The wind probably also plays a part, and was light and from left to right. The right wing vortex develops to look like an aerial tornado, only with a narrow 'tube' of smoke trapped in the low-pressure centre, or core, instead of dust and debris. Note. This effect is not visible on mostSOURCE
  15. A neat way to slow the plane while reducing the risk of skidding on a rain-drenched taxiway after landing - usually reverse thrust is switched off before leaving the runway. The jet inlet at the front of the engine continues to suck in air (and spray) whilst the opening on the engine side visibly blasts the outflow forwards and downwards. It had rained incessantly for hours before this shot.SOURCE
  16. The only other time I've seen a plane veer to one side of the runway like this was due a steering failure. Apparently not the case here as the aircraft departed normally a couple of hours later.SOURCE
  17. Over 18 seconds between main undercarriage and nosewheel touching tarmac! In case you were wondering, both clips are at normal speed. The aircraft are United Boeing 757 and Flybe Dash 8 (Q400).SOURCE
  18. One of those days with sharp localized showers. Here, a shower over the approach end of the runway turned torrential in a matter of minutes. The Ryanair flight (FR2155) reported their go-around (missed approach) was because they lost sight of the runway at around 100 feet altitude The Monarch Airbus landing in less intense conditions shows the rain and spray picking out the wake vortices behind the plane quite nicely.SOURCE
  19. Thunderstorms rolled across the BHX area on 5 August 2017, causing disruption to incoming flights. One that made it through despite the nearby electric displays was Monarch ZB5481 from Venice, shown here. This flight is also on Ryan Kirkpatrick's video of these storms taken from within the airport site https://youtu.be/3q8G776uEo4?t=533 (at 8min 52secs).SOURCE
  20. A selection of turbine/propeller-powered planes less likely to be seen at your local airport. Features Antonov An-12 and An-26, Piaggio P.180 Avanti (what a beauty!), Swearingen Merlin, Airbus A400M, BAe ATP and Lockheed C-130 Hercules. A nice mixture of civil and military, ancient and modern.SOURCE
  21. DescThe strongest gusting I have filmed in - up to 62 mph/54 knots - made 23 February 2017 unique for me. Plenty of heavy wing flexing, furious flicking of control surfaces, and a near tail strike, making a great opportunity to see in detail how planes and pilots handled the unusually difficult conditions. This is my fourth video from the day. The others cover the 8 go-arounds, some wider-angle shots, and the debris blown up by the wind. Those vids are: The 8 go-arounds - https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=4d2w444j4jE 4 awkward approaches in wider angle - https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=-T3p9vFXfPk flying debris - https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=6OmwRMj9eHQSOURCE
  22. flugsnug gull strike

    The largest bird I have seen collide with a plane (Pakistan Boeing 777 here). Herring gulls weigh up to 1.5kg/3.3lbs, so not something you want to happen too often. The gull would have died instantly. Any movement visible on the ground is due to the strong wake behind this huge plane.SOURCE
  23. 54 knot/62 mph gusts made for some 'exciting' final approaches to land on 23 February 2017. This video - the third in the Doris series - shows four such struggles to negotiate the turbulence around the hills and buildings near the runway at BHX. The first two videos are: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d2w444j4jE - 8 go-arounds www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OmwRMj9eHQ - flying debrisSOURCE
  24. Glorious final approach through low cloud and rain by the huge Emirates freighter on its first visit to BHX. The air was so thick with water even the tailplane and nosewheel doors were generating their own vortex condensation!SOURCE
  25. Just what exactly happened here? Gulfstream IV N842PA on 23 May 2017, BHX to Wilmington. Found out afterwards this is reputedly the flight taking Ariana Grande home early from her ill-fated tour of the UK.SOURCE
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