The Big Hoax: Aircraft Loses Wing, Lands Safely (is not the best pilot ever)

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Author rickonami (1 month)
Guys common... It's a CG. 

Author Xplorer (4 months)
AVWeb, you retarded, just put some sample pictures of this video into
photoshop, now play a bit with the contrast and luminosity : here you go,
the white lines are still there ! ( but it's visible anyway, without it )
douchbag ..... insulting this great pilote for free ....

Author hpshiker (8 days)
Well the first red flag is the plane is spinning the wrong way, the wing
would still produce lift even in the nose down mode causing it to spin the
opposite direction from what is show. Even with full aileron input I doubt
the pilot could keep it from spinning let alone get it to spin in the
opposite direction, which is what is shown.

Author jerseyforlife (11 days)
all the people claiming "this is fake"...GREAT JOB! you figured out
absolutely nothing! The whole fucking point of this video is to show us its
fake. No need to say its fake when the video does just that. Fucking

Author Richard Thaxton (13 days)
Yeah...and next you'll tell me there is no Santa Clause and Easter Bunny.

Author Mega Davis (1 month)
Anyone who believes this video is real no doubt voted for Obama and would

Author steelmesh (4 months)
Wow that was soooooo real looking!!!

Author Bobby Z (4 months)
Nah, two different planes. The white lines are plane as day in similar
positions in space relative to the source of light both before the loss of
the wing and the landing. The black understripe at the nose is sharper
after landing than before also. 

Author Gota K. (1 month)
this explains the other video

Author JohnNiemsMusic (3 months)
On 9/11/01 the videos were all fake too! There are so many problems with
the videos that day as a 300 ton aluminum plane hitting a 500,000 ton steel
structure would have crumbled to the ground. 

Author Robert Drescher (11 days)
Well thank you Dr. Buzzkill, Way to take away people's illusion. The
comment section is much more fun to read! I found that if you adjust the
contrast of a still, draw in the missing wing and retouch the cheesy CGI
looks, it IS the same plane. 

Author djskagnetti (24 days)
Maybe you should actually explain how it's fake or else shut the fuck up
and not make videos. The only fake here is you.

Author Dan Gardner (22 days)
So many people share this shit on Facebook and Google+ and are like "wow!
This is amazing"
Christ... It just shows how dumb society is these days, they are
susceptible to believe anything.

Did you know you can cure the common cold by shoving a tablespoon of
cinnamon up your ass? It's true, pass it on
"Share and like" !!

Author Xplorer (5 months)
you guys are stupid. this is real. the video doesn't allways show at its
best the white lines on the nose and on the tail, but they exist even if
because of the reflections, the metal paint and the white lines sometimes
merge together. this is 100 % real.
the real light can play some tricks sometimes ... this is evident here. (
oh, and i do special effects )

Author Toby Cameron (3 months)
I don't know how Xplorer can say the sudden, drastic change in contrast
(aka the vanishing stripe), lighting, and granularity of the footage is
even *possible* in the space of thirty second's worth of "live" footage
...or use it to support his contention (that this vid is of a real,
fullsize plane with a pilot) when my very point is that is what emphasizes
its fakeness, showing where different clips were spliced together. I don't
care if the alterations were footage of R/C or CGI, the point is, there
were alterations, this is NOT a seamless live single take, as it pretends
to be. There is also the "making of" video and the physics of actual
flight which tend to disprove the reality of this video. Xplorer is
defending the indefensible, it's time to stop being trolled by him/her/it.

Author Danny Feere (25 days)
I saw this on a tv show! It's fake! At one point they switch out the plane
with a remote controlled toy airplane aha

Author 42trini (1 month)
Fake but possible IF the aileron controls for each wing are separate.
Aerobic aircraft have powerful enough engines for vertical flying. So full
power, left rudder to keep nose up and wing vertical. Then at last second
before hitting the ground, hard left on the stick. Will be a very hard

Author Farglesword (6 months)
I saw that video a few years ago, probably shortly before this was posted
in 2008. If anybody believed that, they are a fool.

Author dfissell (1 month)
umm you know it was an rc plane and done for a clothing line 

Author Derpin Bird (1 month)
I saw a video of a guy doing this with an rc plane but they have a alot
more thrust to weight ratio.

Author kondor40 (1 month)
:))) Ask real aerobatic pilot in your neighbourhood what happened with
undercarriage if you "drop" plane from such height like on video. Sound on
video is real from electric rc model, but also rc model isn't able to land
in such way without damage.

Author Age of Aqua (1 month)
Look at the bounce!!, it must weight as much as A...........RC plane, wow
what a coincidence! lol

Author Deal With IT (1 month)
so fucking fake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Author john parlour (2 months)
I liked Pobinrs comment.
I was a light aircraft pilot and can’t see any reason why this isn’t
possible. I have also done physics at the Open University and can’t see any
problem with that either. With an RC plain it would be just as difficult if
not more so. I agree with TizEIVito that it is probably a real plain with a
jettisonable wing. If it’s CGI then then it’s very cleverly done because
the animator also knows a lot about light aircraft and physics. All this
about stripes and different helmet colours is just stupid, what’s one of
the first things you do after landing safely? maybe remove your helmet.

Author Don McDaniel (6 months)
Oh, I'm not denying it was a hoax, I'm just pointing out that the answer
that was given, 'the stripe' wasn't a valid reason for it being a hoax, not
that it wasn't a hoax, that’s all.

Author johnnie sm Han (3 months)

Author mixingof12 (6 months)
It looks like a huge rc airplane

Author TizElVito (3 months)
I've seen it live...
It's a prepared trick, very dangerous but calculated.

Author D3moknight (6 months)
This is college art class grade CG animation. The weight and movement of
the plane is all wrong and even the color values don't match the rest of
the scene. It is OBVIOUSLY not real. Why call it a hoax or a fake? It is
just someone having fun with VFX.

Author Laurie Beth H (6 months)
Obvious CGI

Author MrGreengoggles (6 months)
anyone can see its computer generated. How did people even think this was
real in the first place?

Author Oz Warren (6 months)
Is there anything real left in this world? 

Author Leslie Egling (4 months)
Could have fooled me - in fact it did.

Author ripayne (4 months)
The video is on You Tube of the crew making the film. It is a large RC
plane with a stunt plane double at end. German engineering.

Author Roger Burtnick (4 months)
I'm not usually an asshole in my comments Xplorer (well, sometimes), but
your complete defiance in the face of overwhelming evidence makes me look
at you as some kind of nutjob, rather than someone who is actually
interested in science. Science by definition means that we are open to the
possibility that we are wrong. That's how it works. Either be a nutbar, or
stop professing to be science-minded.

Author Rak Hit (1 month)
Nicely done on the CG. Has some people actually believing this. 

Author Bbendfender (6 months)
I knew this was fake the first time I saw it.

Author pobinr (6 months)
An amusing prank vid. Why pull it to pieces

Author ikachanusa (1 month)
When amazing thing happens, people always says ”that's edited”

That was REAL.

Author surmur (6 months)
I should have not wathed this.

Author Reuben Hubert (6 months)
This has to be real. Everybody knows you can't put anything fake on the

Author fauzan amru (6 months)
i dunno if landing with one wing is able. but,it’s still fake.look at the
landing,it’s absolutely fake and edited.i can’t belive people belived that
shit :/

Author rapTram (6 months)
The plane landing and on the ground is very obvious CG.

Author Azazel ciort (7 months)
how humanity don't understand the plane lost white strips with Wing as well

Author FIAT DVP (7 months)
actually, this may or may not be real.. but it was already proven in
Discovery Channel that flying a real airplane with this model, with just
one wing is do-able.

Author El Maximus (7 months)
Because its a Model Airplane real Aircraft Fly much faster.. look how fast
that plane comes to a stop no real aircraft can stop that fast flying at
150 mph or faster.. The plane lost its wing you can still fly a Model but
not a real Plane..

Author livemediachannel (7 months)
I can't believe some people thought this was real. At first it looks
realistic but after the wing falls off it looks terrible. The landing
looked extremely fake.

Author CIVLIV (7 months)
fake plane

Author haker67 (7 months)

Author KregAXN (5 years)
Anyone who has a bit of knowledge in aviation could easily tell that this
is a hoax. I would've known right away.

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