Watch this 230-ton Airbus A330 Stopping In Midair for a Few Seconds

This is what happens when a 230-ton Airbus A330 has the right angle of attack, the right low speed and the right amount of head wind: it gets suspended in the middle of the sky for a few seconds.


It feels like it's flying in slow motion, then it freezes for a couple of seconds and keeps moving in slow motion. The phenomenon has an easy explanation: the Airbus is making a very slow low pass, taking advantage of the very strong head wind combined with the minimun air speed and a high angle of attack to achieve lift for its flaps configuration (which is hard to see from the ground).

This produces extremely low ground speed, which results from the A330's air speed minus the speed of the head wind. The combination of this ground speed and the A330's size give the viewer the sensation of a plane almost frozen in midair.

In other words: MAGIC!



Very nice. I work near Dobbins AFB in Atlanta and I often get to see Galaxie's and Globemasters fly. These things are so large that your brain tells you that they shouldn't fly.

Right across Dobbins, there is the Lockheed plant and some days during lunch you get to see F22 fly about in a new baby blue color scheme. They are being tested as they come out of the factory.