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When Hollywood Ruled The Skies - Volumes 1 through 4 by Bruce Oriss


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:34 pm 
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I won't believe it was a loop until I see an entire video. Usually when someone screws up they recognize it coming out of the top of the loop and chop the power, in some cases drop the flaps and get the nose up to a maximum L/D nose high angle. In this case the airspeed indicator indicates he hit the ground going 340 knots (391 mph.) To me, that suggests a full throttle, screaming dive at the ground . Then we he went to pull up the momentum continued the downward path. Had it happen to myself, but wasn't flying nearly as aggressively. I think you guys are giving too much credit to say he knew how to do low level aerobatics.
Honestly, the people in the stands were probably terrified.

Why don't you try trusting other people a bit? It may not have been a loop, but it sure looked close to one. One of the videos has disappeared, but if you need to figure it out, here's a broken link to it. Take the spaces out to copy and paste... www.you tube.com/watch?v=Gnv8M 2eIQ-I
I think a couple of the videos may have been of other passes, but it appears it was either a botched Cuban 8 or a loop to me.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:49 pm 
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different view
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH1OzEu ... e=youtu.be


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:30 am 
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It is hard to believe that a pilot was allowed to fly a display like that in any country. He was inches from mowing down a grandstand full of people and children.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:08 am 
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You guys are right. In the early clip, his flying was so sloppy , it just looked like some impulsive person getting in way over his head. Apparently he had previously had an accident in 2015 and 2017. Not going to speculate on what kind of pilot he was. Lucky he didn't kill some people on the ground.


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FWIW, the location given of Escuintla is 47 railroad miles from the capitol at Guatemala City and near
the base of the one the 3 volcanoes in the area. It has sure grown up and developed since I visited
there several times in the 70's.


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