Wednesday 11 December 2013 08:57 UTC
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But out of interest, anybody know what the nozzle seen in the first clip here is venting?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDR-r1ds ... re=related
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready
in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
- George Orwell-
Airliners (and presumably some military aircraft) that have a maximum landing weight lower than maximium take off weight ususally have fuel dump systems so that they can jettison fuel to get weight down in an emergency - ie if landing is necessary before the anticipated landing time.
As I understand it fuel dumping is only allowed in an emergency. Apparently lots happened on 9/11 as trans-atlantic flights were denied access to US airspace. My guess is that that's when those videos were taken.
This is a genuine photograph of a United B777 dumping fuel. It was taken just over ten years ago at about 9am on a Tuesday morning in September.
I was sitting alongside the photographer at the time we started dumping fuel so can verify the authenticity - In fact it was me that pointed it out in the first place. I think he must have then walked back down the aircraft for better view as we were sitting further forwards and it didn't look quite so impressive!
Quidvis recte factum, quamvis humile praeclarum.
Scenario: B777 cockpit.
Captain: (looking over co-pilots right shoulder) "Oooh, look over there!"
Captain: "There! We're losing fuel!"
Co-Pilot: "You've lost the plot, me old mugger. Let me go back to the aft cabin to check"
[Co-Pilot returns to cockpit with flash bulb just cooling] "Now then beelzebub, which button did you press?"
C'mon then...why was your 777 dumping? (you obviously survived, so it can't have been a dire emergency). And did you keep your job?
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