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70+mph winds at Mojave Boneyard

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[media=]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cHhZwvdRR5c[/media]

 

This 747 is sitting in a boneyard in Mojave, CA awaiting scrapping. On May 23rd, 2012 the area experienced extreme winds of 70+ miles per hour due to a low pressure zone. Without the weight of its engines, the slightly tail heavy 747 tries to take to the skies one last time. The next day the plane was found to have also rotated about 45 degrees from its original position. The same wind storm damaged many rooftops, cut power and sent huge clouds of sand and dust billowing into the sky. Mojave will occasionally experience this type of wind storm due to geography

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My dad showed me this. At first, I thought it was fake, but then I read the description and it seems the airplane had barely anything on it, not even engines.

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Yeah the CG and the light weight really make it easy to toss the aircraft on the tail. Pretty spectacular seeing something like this move with just wind.

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Dang,.... my future sim! (apparently with built -in Level-D movement) Just%20Kidding.gif

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Imagine if the flaps were down! The slats look like they are forward though. They must have been disconnected?

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