The secret to a stunning slow-motion runway landing

A new video from Waypoint Productions raises some eyebrows. While a handful of slow-motion runway landings and sharp reversals are standard fare in big-budget Hollywood films, they’re an altogether different beast in person, as…

The secret to a stunning slow-motion runway landing

A new video from Waypoint Productions raises some eyebrows. While a handful of slow-motion runway landings and sharp reversals are standard fare in big-budget Hollywood films, they’re an altogether different beast in person, as the person who created the video notes.

“They look cool in a movie, but when you are at the airport and it’s going 140 mph you aren’t really thinking about how cool it is. Like, ‘wait a minute, let’s just pause the camera there and pay attention to it,’” Ryan Whitmarsh told Transport Topics. “I like to use movies for the wow effect.”

Whether you’re at the airport to watch a slow-mo landing or when you’re stuck stuck at your desk all day waiting for the departure screen to refresh, watch this video and prepare to wonder how your vacation ever started. The corridor between hangars is narrow and bustling, between passengers and airplanes, and a combination of visual cues tells you straight away if a runway has wind gusts, which can easily create low visibility.

Because planes maneuver at such speeds (and take off and land with such force), winds can shift the direction of aircraft and even prevent them from ascending or descending. As Whitmarsh said, slow-motion is an effective and unique way to see how the incredible aircraft movements in the real world are processed. “It’s kind of like seeing it in slow motion on TV but you’re actually flying the plane!” he said.

And that was the point.

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