Here are three rare videos showing airplanes, full-size and models, losing a wing while flying. Can you spot the fake one?
A couple of years back a video showing a full-size airplane losing a wing and landing safely made the rounds. It was very popular, and some of you may have seen it. It is the first video I include below. What you probably have not seen is the second video, which proves that it was a fake. If you still have doubts, the third video is a behind the scenes look at how the first video was made.
The next video is a real full-size airplane losing a wing. No, he doesn’t land it. He deploys a ballistic recovery parachute.
Finally, there is real footage of a model airplane losing a wing and landing safely. Yeah, great pilot.
Model airplanes have much higher thrust to weight ratios than real airplanes. If you keep the throttle up, you have a decent shot at landing it. In a full size airplane, the gas tanks are normally in the wings. Unless the pilot acts very quickly, the engine is going to be sucking air and just shut down.