Bernie Goldbach, formerly in San Francisco. I was in the jump seat of the aircraft in the shot.
I HAVE 10 years of daily blogging in the archives and more than 10 years of flying as well. It's time to try to bring the two together in some form of online journal.
During some of my C-141 flying hours, we would cross flight paths with IL-76 crews. Like Starlifter crews, they were heavy lifters. The video below the break demonstrates an example of that.
I've also been at the controls of a heavily-laden C-141 but I don't remember eating up the last 1000 feet of a runway while still on the ground. However, I've at least 100 hours of ground effect flying, something equally engaging.
The video of the Ilyushin was recorded in Australia on a hot day at high density altitude. You can bet the pilots had split markers on their airspeed indicators.
It takes a long time to accelerate something weighing more than 300,000 pounds. And it takes a long time to stop that mass as well.
Bernie Goldbach has a flying journal.