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

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Author Mega Davis (6 months)
Anyone who believes this video is real no doubt voted for Obama and would

Author jerseyforlife (5 months)
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 Gary Myers (24 days)
The maneuver is referred to as a Knife's Edge. People with these kinds of
planes have them because they are hard core acrobatic types. Though I do
believe this video is faked to some degree, there was a catastrophic wing
separation from an aircraft of this type that resulted in a non lethal
landing. Also, typically, pilots of these types of aircraft wear
parachutes and can and do leave the aircraft if possible when something
like this happens. It isn't always possible to get out because the plane
can't be trusted to not crash into homes in close proximity or issues like
that. Pilots in general are more willing to die with their aircraft than
to cause the death of others. Also, to those who say a knifes edge is not
possible in a full size aircraft, need to go to an airshow. The power the
weight ratio of this aircraft is super capable of this maneuver. The plane
if very light and the engine is way big.

Author Moeen Mostafa (2 months)
logically and practically impossible to fly with single wing under any
circumstances ,even kite will fall if its fly with single wing and no one
can control it

Author hpshiker (5 months)
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 Lord Auriel (28 days)
hey there is a video with a Boeing 747 doing a roll like 500ft above ground
and people believe it's real.

Author unapro3 (1 month)
If you can't tell this is fake without it being explained, well, I have a
bridge in Australia I want to sell, it's located in Sydney harbour.....

Author AtomiKat Light Industries (2 months)
What is so unbelievable? If you know anything about 3D flying, this is very
possible. Hard rudder while pitched sideways provides lift like an
elevator. Just listening to the narrator shows he is a hack. Not me. Him.

Not once did he say control SURFACES. FIND 3D planes hovering. People do it
all the time.

This pilot has great spatial awareness. If you think this is fake, go back
to playing World of Warcraft.

Author Bill Marshall (1 month)
It is physically IMPOSSIBLE to keep an airplane up with one wing. NOT going
to happen. Fake video.

Author cencalmatt (4 months)
Not fake. This really happened! I was there for the whole thing!

Author rickonami (6 months)
Guys common... It's a CG. 

Author Toby Cameron (8 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 Bobby Z (9 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 The Grey (3 months)
did the plane lost hydryculics?

Author Calvin Broadway (2 months)
You are a jackass ..... Did you bother to ask anyone who was there?

Author MinecraftBuilder33 (3 months)
Not to note the huge change in engine noise between landing and flying.
Also how he was able to stop instantly and keep the plane in the air at
arround 20-40 MPH yea...

Author Neil Roy (4 months)
Who gives a rats ass?! If it's fake, it's a damn good fake! If it's real,
it's damn good piloting. I think it is real, and don't really care... in
either case, kewl video. If you can't do it with a plane, than you can't
do it with a model either as the same physics apply in both instances.

Author Richard Thaxton (5 months)
Yeah...and next you'll tell me there is no Santa Clause and Easter Bunny.

Author Darren-Edward Oneill (5 months)
Very very simple - I know my airplanes and this is no current full size
aircraft in production anywhere in the world - it's a very generic sort of
mix of a few types, Empennage of a Giles (minus the high-mounted stab) nose
of ...any of them, canopy of an Edge, wings of the Extra 330 or MX2 - the
dynamics are a dead give away but before even analyzing the fact that this
aircraft does not exist gave it away for me

Author thetubeweasel (4 months)
Wow... who cares if it's fake? That's standard fare for many of these
things on the net after all. Judging by the comments, I'd say that some of
the posters are so fucked up abusing others, they are beyond psychological
help, and together with most of the others need to learn how to spell. What
the hell ever happened to education?

Author steelmesh (9 months)
Wow that was soooooo real looking!!!

Author Robert Drescher (5 months)
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 Charles Sepulveda (4 months)
Making-Of the Killa Thrill 'One Wing Landing' Viral Video

Author roy thornhill (4 months)
Oh for crap sake, it's a rc plane, there is a video on YouTube showing the
behind the scenes, good grief.

Author Hernan Le Mat Villalon Santos (5 months)

Author Farglesword (11 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 Bigdaddy Dave (6 months)
Making-Of the Killa Thrill 'One Wing Landing' Viral Video

Author john parlour (7 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 42trini (6 months)
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 Reuben Hubert (11 months)
This has to be real. Everybody knows you can't put anything fake on the

Author D3moknight (11 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 cleiton da silva da silva (6 months)
awesome how stupid ppl can be hahahh no wonder why ppl believe in every
alien video...think about how many money histories can the curiosity
by fear or whatever its just hte industry of money idk if all that its
innocence or brainless..

Author Peter Johansson (5 months)
Making of: Making-Of the Killa Thrill 'One Wing Landing' Viral Video
Its a part of an advertising for clothes. No amazing pilot. So, case

Author Vicente Morales (4 months)
C,mon a plane can`t bronce like that

Author rapTram (11 months)
The plane landing and on the ground is very obvious CG.

Author djskagnetti (5 months)
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 MrJericho07 (6 months)
I have 2 mates that no matter how hard I argue they believe that this was
real LOL, but this guy really did land a plane with 1 wing.
f-15 lands with one wing!
or did he?

Author livemediachannel (1 year)
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 Mark - (5 months)
The one that lands is more than likely an R/C plane.

Author crudehaulerusa (5 months)
awwww. i been duped wonder i have trust issues

Author kondor40 (6 months)
:))) 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 Xplorer (9 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 dfissell (6 months)
umm you know it was an rc plane and done for a clothing line 

Author Danny Feere (5 months)
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 Oz Warren (11 months)
Is there anything real left in this world? 

Author Roger Burtnick (9 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 Age of Aqua (6 months)
Look at the bounce!!, it must weight as much as A...........RC plane, wow
what a coincidence! lol

Author David Jackson (6 months)
Making-Of the Killa Thrill 'One Wing Landing' Viral Video

Author Gota SENPAI (6 months)
this explains the other video

Author Derpin Bird (6 months)
I saw a video of a guy doing this with an rc plane but they have a alot
more thrust to weight ratio.

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