Mars 5 August, 2012- At 2233 HRS PST the NASA rover Curiosity landed safely on Mars. At 50 million miles it was about 200 meters off target. About 30 minutes to touch down, controllers at the Pasadena Jet Propulsion Laboratory disconnected control of Curiosity. Becoming the ultimate in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Curiosity then flew herself to a perfect landing.
When American Airlines Flight 1900 could not raise the tower at Reagan International Airport, the controller at the Potomac Terminal Radar Approach tries to help. Here are some highlights…. Potomac: “Just so you’re aware, the tower is apparently not manned. We’ve made a few phone calls. No one’s answered. … So you can expect to [...]
Here’s a Bolter, Russian style. I guess you can say that thrust vectoring comes in handy when trying to come on board. Check out how close the tail gets to the deck.
On Mar 3, 2008 a Lufthansa Airbus narrowly aborts a landing at Hamburg, Germany, while fighting 40 knot crosswinds. Join the discussion about this post.
This video has been around for a while but it’s worth a second look. It makes you appreciate landing on nice long, straight runways.