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Posted By: gifthorse, 01-01-2020, 03:16 PM




Pilot: "This has got to be the shortest runway in the world!"
Copilot: "Yeah. And the @$^@&^ thing must be a mile wide!"
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Hilarious commentary!
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With that aircraft and those flaperons landing should not be a problem. He/she has gotta have a good 50 feet of usable surface.

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I bet the view from inside the plane was really exciting!
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Great capture! I would love to know the thought process in the cockpit that led up to this.
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"Put down the phone and fly the damn plane!"

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Great shot and caption!
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I knew him when he was only a private
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Ha, I guess that's one way to keep it lively.
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I'm glad you all got a laugh. I wish I could take credit for the caption, but it's actually the punchline of an old joke. The image was taken at the National Championship air races in Reno, Nevada this year. This year STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) drag racing was added as a category. Here's a description from the air race web site, "The rules are simple. The two aircraft fly side-by-side as fast as they can down a 2,000-foot straightaway, land on or after marker and must come to a complete stop on heading before turning around. They turn around, fly back down the track and must land on or after the marker and come to a complete stop on heading at the start/finish line. The first pilot that comes to a complete stop wins the heat. Racers who donít come to a complete stop with the tail down before they make the 180-degree turn, while staying within 10į of heading are disqualified. Further, race pilots who touchdown or land before the marker on either the turnaround or finish are disqualified.Needless to say, itís not about altitude or even graceful maneuvers. It all comes down to pure speed. The race pilot must be an expert at both gaining speed and dropping speed as quickly as possible." The pilot in the picture is skidding the plane to bleed off airspeed to shorten the landing roll.

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