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  •  Some of the very first test pilots (9+ / 0-)

    discovered the hard way that you do not drop the dolly until you are high enough that it does not bounce back up and hit the airplane.  Notice in the videos that the pilot gains fifty or a hundred feet of altitude before dropping the dolly.  I recall that some pilots sustained compression fractures of the spine because the belly skid was not sprung.  Thing had no 'give' at all and the landing impact was literally transmitted directly to the pilot's butt.  

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:19:12 PM PST

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