Aviation Photo #1328129 McDonnell Douglas KDC-10-30CF - Netherlands - Air Force

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NAF49 negotiating a hefty crosswind whilst landing at RAF Brize Norton. Note the amount of rudder being used.
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    Duncan Monk
    Netherlands - Air Force
    McDonnell Douglas KDC-10-30CF
    McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (C-10 Extender)
    McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (C-10 Extender)
    McDonnell Douglas
    Brize Norton
    United Kingdom
    February 3, 2008
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11 years ago
This is a pretty good example of aerodynamics in action - as mentioned by the photographer. Aircraft controls are crossed as the pilot lowers the left wing into the crosswind, and at the same time keeps the nose from swinging to the left, maintaining alignment with the runway centerline - by using a large amount of opposite rudder.
Another technique pilots use to counter a strong crosswind is to crab all the way to just before touchdown - then swing the nose using rudder, to be in-line with the runway centerline just as the tires touch down. I bet you already knew that!
11 years ago
Great picture, Duncan. It makes me proud to see our "Jan Scheffer" so clearly fighting the elements.
11 years ago
Good job nice picture you can feel the touchdown force!
11 years ago
Nice an sharp. Beautiful.
11 years ago
Brilliant close up shot of a very dramatic landing!
11 years ago
Very nice action photo! And yes, the rudder!!
11 years ago
The timing is perfect - A great action picture!
11 years ago
Excellent Photo!!! You capture the KDC-10-30 on its toes! I love the rudder action. Great timing, focus and light!
11 years ago
Not an easy photo to catch
7 years ago
Taken from a position not completely safe for the spotter. A few stars deserved for the bravery!

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