Dave, Essex asked:
Can you do aerobatic stunts like a loop-the-loop or a barrel roll in large aeroplanes such as Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s?
We put this firstly to Disk Schleh, of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle, Washington:
We then asked Peter Merton, Resident Research Officer at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.
"Can you do aerobatic stunts like a loop-the-loop or a barrel roll in large aeroplanes such as Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s?"
I would imagine any stunts would have to be done quite slowly, if at all, as the large planes won't be very maneouvreable.
Is he asking about people inside the plane or the actual planes doing the tricks? Chemistry4me, Wed, 6th May 2009
As long as the manoeuvre is within the g ratings of the aircraft, no problem. A barrel roll is an approx 1G manouevre.
One thing that nobody mentioned- Concorde could do barrel rolls; they actually did it.
If memory serves me, they should be rated at +3\-1.5g's. If you can maintain these limits they will all do it. I have always been told that the 707 is structually sound enough to do the loop, but the circle, up and down air space needed to complete it the 707 wouldn't make it, just can't fly high enough to do it and not strong enough to pull out at the end of it, the harder you pull the more g's created, eventually the wings say, enough for me, I'm going somewhere else. Erbie, Wed, 9th Sep 2009