helicopter downforce

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by roadrash, 11 Jun 2019.

  1. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

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  2. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I have often seen pro riders gesticulating at helicopter pilots and indicating to them to make haste elsewhere ASAP!

    You can see the effect that low-flying helicopters have by watching foliage in trees and bushes below.

    I'm sure that there were accusations that low-flying helicopters flew slightly behind local riders in one big tour and slightly in front of foreign riders! Ah, yes - The 1984 Giro d'Italia, for example...

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  3. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    In 1989 I was sailing in a World Championship out from Yokohama. A Television crew flew over, filming the event...

    ...decimating part of the fleet. :eek:
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  4. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)
    Payback for Pearl Harbour?
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  5. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
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  6. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    What's the difference between the poor diddums whining about an air ambulance and those who start frothing if an ambulance blocks "their" parking space?
  7. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    Laurent Fignon was sure the helicopter crews were against him too when he tried to beat Moser at his "home " GT
  8. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    See post #2 in this thread! :okay:
  9. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Veteran

    I cycled to Heathrow airport once, around the perimeter road to one of the terminals. The road crossed a runway and barriers were down so I waited.
    The aircraft landing was Concorde and I think I was the closest you can possibly be to a flying Concorde. The noise was shattering and I had to crouch down and hold my ears.
  10. Kempstonian

    Kempstonian Über Member

    I was at a fishing lake with a friend and we were just standing there, taking in the beauty of the surroundings, when two American fighter planes flew over at VERY low altitude. We never heard a thing until they were overhead - and the noise then nearly burst our eardrums! Probably the biggest scare I've had in my life. I nearly had to go home and change my pants!
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  11. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    The joys of having been awake all night at work ...............................
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  12. byegad

    byegad Legendary Member

    NE England
    Motorcycling up a valley in the North Yorks Moors in 1970 my bike started to sound very rough, the ground shook and a Luftwaffe F104 Starfighter passed me at my level going like a bat out of hell. He must have been less than 50 feet above the valley floor. The pilot looked at me as he roared past, and had the cheek to wave. I honestly thought my time was up.
  13. Viking

    Viking Well-Known Member

    Given the record of the German F104, there is a chance that his time may have been up prematurely
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  14. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    I was at a cricket match in India which got rained off. They tried various things to make the pitch playable.

    First a huge army of women with rags and buckets to soak up the water.

    Then they brought in a helicopter, to blow-dry the pitch. It managed to blow all the advertising hoardings into the crowd and cause the rag ladies to run for their lives but didn't seem to achieve much else.
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  15. graham bowers

    graham bowers Über Member

    NW Leicestershire
    I'd just completed a rock climb and was on top of Tryfan, when a rescue helicopter on an exercise flew over very low. The blast was ferocious so I cowered between two boulders for a bit.
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