Magic: Wingtip Vortices In Fog Created By Landing Plane

April 23, 2013


This is a short video of a Swiss Airbus A340 landing at the Zurich airport in heavy fog. Which, as far as fog goes, is probably airplane pilots' least favorite kind. Me? It's my favorite because it makes sneaking around the neighborhood playing ninja assassin easier.

Thanks to the lights illuminating the fog, you can see clearly the downwash, ground effect, and the wingtip vorticies in action.

I have no idea what that meant, but I will let you in on a little secret: you know what the black box in airplanes is really for? To hold the magician that makes the airplane fly captive. Haha, the truth is out, FAA! You know how they say no electronics during takeoff? That's because it screws with the anti-gravity field he's generating in there. This is all fact by the way, it's just kept secret to keep ticket prices high.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to drew, who's smart enough to know airline pilots are actually just there to talk on the intercom and actually play video games the whole flight.

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