I hope that you didn’t already know how this happened because if you do then the title of the this post is completely irrelevant. I’m going to roll with the notion that you didn’t know about this already and you are in fact about to learn something new.
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So, how do airplanes that carry the banners behind them take off? Well if you’d have asked me that question about 30 minutes ago I would have told you what I thought was the obvious answer: the airplane has the banner attached behind it on the runway and then the airplane takes off normally. As the plane reaches its take off speed and begins to gain altitude, the banner simply follows the plane into the air and voila. You now have a plane in the air that is carrying a banner behind it. But apparently, that isn’t how it goes down at all. To get the banner into the air behind the airplane the airplane must fly close to the ground and essentially hook onto the banner mid-flight. Then the banner will follow the plane into the air as it carries on with it’s flight. So that’s how it’s done. I don’t really know why that’s the way it’s done because I’m sure the way I originally thought it was done is a valid way of doing things? Maybe it has something to do with the speed and weight of the aircraft during take off, and that the banner would screw everything up so it’s actually just easier to do it the way that it’s actually done.
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Here’s a video showing you the proper way of getting a banner into the air behind a light aircraft:
So now you now.
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