A Photo Op sent in by Air Mshl Shashi Ramdas

As Requested an RAF fighter pilot flies up to the backdoor of a C 130. 

He radios, "How much closer do you want me?"

“How much closer can you get?


“Close enough?” he asks.

 

Is there a moral to this?……

Never dare a pilot…..

All pilots are little kids at heart……..an immature bunch and ham actors with lots of belief in themselves

British pilots, like pilots everywhere, are just plain crazy bastards……..

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8 Responses to A Photo Op sent in by Air Mshl Shashi Ramdas

  1. Krish Menon says:

    Was the close-up Photo-shopped?
    Facts:
    1. The aircraft is the Eurofighter Typhoon
    a. Wing span 36 ft
    b. Length 52.4 ft
    c. Air Intake’s width @ 6.5 ft or 78 inches (deduced from diagrams of aircraft dimensions). Therefore half the AI lip width is 39 inches.
    d. Air intake (AI) lip from nose tip @16.5 ft (deduced).
    e. Pilot’s head is @14.5 ft from tip of nose (deduced).
    f. Youtube videos show the Typhoon’s canards are almost at zero angle of incidence at take off, similar to that in Frame 5. So I assume canard angle of incidence is not an issue.
    2. Clouds in the back ground are of similar shapes, but the aircraft’s relative position to those clouds varies as its perspective changes. So I assume it is not just a case of taking a photo and zooming it in: The aircraft appears to be genuinely closing in.
    3. On the other hand, look at the images of the cameraman: The camera has obviously zoomed in or has moved closer to him. The size of his sleeve in Frame 5 is 4 times larger than in Frame 1. So, if the initial distance of the camera from the cameraman was 40 feet, in the final frame it is just 10 feet away or it has zoomed in to 0.25 times the initial distance. For practical purposes, let us assume the camera is 10 feet behind the cameraman.
    4. The cameraman’s sleeve width would be about 7 inches (my winter jacket sleeve is 8 inches across). The pilot’s helmet width would be about 10 inches. Going by relative sizes of the crewwoman’s sleeve and pilot’s helmet, if the latter was at the same distance from the camera as the sleeve, the helmet image would be 10 / 7 = 1.43 times as large as the sleeve image. However the helmet image width is 10.7 / 27.5 = 0.3891 fraction of the sleeve image width. Therefore I assume that the pilot’s helmet is 1.43 / 0.3891 = 3.67 times as far away from the camera as the cameraman’s sleeve is. Assuming the camera is 10 feet behind the cameraman, the pilot’s helmet is 10 x 3.67 = 36.7 feet ahead of the camera or 36.7 – 10 = 26.7 feet away from the cameraman. Consequently the nose tip is just about 26.7 – 14.5 = 12.2 feet from the cameraman.
    5. Width of the AI lip from centre line to port edge is, I assume, 39 inches. Going by relative sizes of the crewwoman’s sleeve and port AI, if the latter was at the same distance from the camera as the sleeve, the port half of the AI’s image would be 39 / 7 = 5.57 times as large as the sleeve image. However the AI image is only 1.436 times as large as the sleeve width. Therefore I assume that the AI lip is 5.57 / 1.436 = 3.879 times as far away from the camera as the cameraman’s sleeve is. Assuming the sleeve is 10 feet from the camera, the AI lip is 3.879 x 10 = 38.79 feet from the camera. That would put the nose tip at 38.79 – 16.5 = 22.29 feet from the camera, or 22.29 – 10 = 12.29 feet from the cameraman.
    6. Applying the same logic to images in Frame 4:
    a. AI lip ½ width is 39 inches; i.e. 5.57 times greater than sleeve width
    b. But the image of AI ½ lip width is only 1.226 times greater than sleeve image width.
    c. Therefore AI lip is 5.57 / 1.226 = 4.54 times as far from the camera as the cameraman’s sleeve.
    d. Cameraman’s sleeve is also proportionally smaller; so the camera is 10 / 26.5 x 27.5 = 10.38 feet away behind the cameraman, and the AI lip is 10.38 x 4.54 = 47.2 feet from the camera, and 47.2 – 10.38 = 36.8 feet from the cameraman, and the nose tip is 36.8 – 16.5 = 20.3 feet from the cameraman.
    7. Similarly, in Frame 2, calculations show that the aircraft is about 152 feet away from the camera. In this case I have used the full width of the AI Lips and the cameraman’s helmet (10 inches wide) as reference points.
    8. Paragraphs 4 and 5 indicate in frame 5 (the last frame) the nose tip from the cameraman is about 12 feet away, and he is about 28 to 29 feet away from the air intake.

    Please note that I have repeatedly made assumptions. And the first three letters of that word should give you a fairly good idea of how much weight they carry! I shall send my spreadsheet of calculations to anyone who would like to delve deeper into the subject.
    Sherlock Holmes Wannabe

  2. R Burli says:

    Look at the foreplanes (canards). Maybe they tell a story of speed and attitude. I do not know, maybe. They seem a bit too level. Also where are the High AOA vortices? Should they not be visible? Third frame has no clouds in the background. Any aviation Sherlocks?

  3. Suresh Malkani says:

    You guys got it all wrong. Its the Cam that has zoomed in HA HA!!!!!!!!

  4. PS Sanadi says:

    These photographs seem to be morphed. With the fighter so close the suction created by its air intakes should have the marshallers clothes etc being
    sucked towards it. None of that is happening which only goes to show the photographs are a fake!!!

  5. Rahul says:

    I believe these images have been around for a while and the consensus was that they were Photo-shopped.

  6. Krish Menon says:

    The lenseman said during a photo take,
    “Move your ‘plane in closer for heaven’s sake!”
    The pilot moved in oh! so close
    The cam-crew got more than a pose:
    They were sucked thru’ the Typhoon’s air intake

  7. scbatra says:

    I think Air Marshal Shashi knows that Pilots know the limit since he himself flew the fighter… He flew with me as no 2 in close formation and good in it…

    They can challenge the limits…

    BTW they are not crazy bastards but cool fliers..

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