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    Here are some more articles regarding the aircraft and a video:

    http://www.adressa.no/tv/?id=29382&autoplay=1

    Apparently, the Air Force stopped them from delivering their cargo in BODØ, due to weight and width issues:

    http://www.an.no/Gigantfly_ble_nekte...5-4-21318.html

    And here is one of my photos from today (when I get back ashore from my new shift starting tomorrow morning, I'll share all that I have with you - or, at least the good one's):

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      Great! Wish I was there, because in many ways I belive the take-off is more spectacular than the landing.

      Saw a video on nrk.no showing a plane-spotter beeing blown to the ground, and the video also showed strong wind after the giant lifted off.
      The article said it was the strong blow from the engines, but that's not it.
      The moment a wing of a large heavy aircraft (all aircraft, but more so when it's large) start to produce lift, about when the nose wheels lift off, a very large and dangerously strong wing-tip wortex will appear, rotating counter-clockwise moveing out to each side...., like a tornado. That was what the spotters experienced today.

      When landing, or taking off after large cargo or passenger planes, smaller aircraft will always get a caution on the radio: "Caution, wake turbulence".
      I and my instructor almost got flicked over in a Piper Cherokee once after a landing Boeing 737.
      We planned to touch down after his landing point, because as soon as the large wing stop produce lift, the wortex will dissapear.
      In our case, the wind conditions at the airport were such that the wortex hung around for a while.
      The power in the wortex can be as strong as flicking another aircraft over, but the rotation itself move sideways in about 5 knots.
      5 knots in the opposite direction, and the wortex will stay still until it dies out.

      Well, that was a little something trying to explain the strong "wind" at take-off in the nrk.no video :-)

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        Thank you so very much for that explanation - it makes a whole lot sense to me, even though I had no idea about the dynamics of flight. Great to have an expert to learn from!
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          I feel good about explaining anything as long as I know what I'm talking about. Your welcome :-)

          Just think about it, when a large aircraft like the An-124 is landing or taking off, it's slow. To compensate for speed over the wing to produce the lift needed,
          they lower the front edge of the wing (slat) and as we all know lower the rear edge (flaps).

          These measures will increase the wing profile center cord and so enlarge the wing area very much.
          To make lift, the air moving over and under the wing, gives a greater low pressure over the wing and a high pressure under. A plane is literally "sucked" into air by a vacuum.

          The nature will always have equal pressure all over, so the high pressure under the wing will try to compensate the low pressure over, and the only way around is at the wing tip.
          Therefore we will have a rotating wortex there. Such a wortex will also induce drag, which mean more fuel spent.
          Therefore we have all seen passenger aircraft with large winglets, standing vertical like shark fins on the wing tip.
          These reduce drag and so save fuel money (but not most effective on shorter fights).

          It's a while since I did my aeronautics exam, but I was an active pilot until three years ago. Hope to help out again if I can :-)

          (I reacted when the NRK article said it was the blowing from the engines, because who would think jet engines set at take-off power would blow its thrust 90 degrees out to the side from the runway? Not me).
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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            nari commented
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            Thanks for the lift on aeronautics. Very interesting for one who always watches the wing flaps and what they do to promote or reduce lift.

          Very interesting to hear some popular science about aeronautics, very well explained Sterkoder.

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            A Norwegian plane landing at Vaernes: http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/l...ul/a/23404279/

            That must be some days ago I believe??

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              Belive it was when we had strong south-east winds some times during week #8.

              The strong wind is from his starboard side, so he use rudder (foot pedals) to straighten the nose down the centerline and aileron (control column, or stick, turned right) to lower the starboard wing into the wind. This way, the plane would not drift due to crosswind and the result is a one-point landing...., as "the book" say.
              That said, this landing was a notch too hard.
              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                Here is a tiny dedication to Sterkoder and others that enjoy aircraft images:





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                  When editing these images, I suddenly realized that the talefin of these planes are actually gigantic!





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                    As promised in my blog yesterday, here are ALL the rest of the AN-124 images for your enjoyment:

                    http://www.captainsvoyage.com/its-a-...m-vaernes.html

                    The city fly-over:

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                      The cold day out there by the runway:





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                        Needless to say, and as you all can see, this thing is massive:







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                          The take-off in itself only lasts a very short time.... not time to enjoy, just take those god damn pictures:







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                            This is an EXPERIENCE to see and witness.... (behind the camera off course)....





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                              Some close ups.....working that zoom like crazy!



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