Parallel Approach

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Lufthansa and United Airlines demonstrate a rare maneuver called “parallel approach.” Through cabin cleaning was required after landing in both planes.

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    wouldn’t being that close create some kind of drag coefficient or destabilized vortex?


    I was in the united airlines plane while this happened.


    Thats impossible, two planes cant be that close without some sort of impact. This image must be altered


    Or maybe they appear closer due to the vantage point of the photographer; ever heard of forced perspective? You don’t need to “alter” ( I am guessing you are referring to shopped but decided not to use that term.)an image in order to achieve a desired effect.


    most likely they are a good ways out so the photographer was using a large telephoto lens. Zooming in makes things look much closer together especially when they are that far away.


    they r making little planes 😀


    The United plane is a Boeing 757, and the Lufthansa plane is a Boeing 747, the latter a plane which is approximately three times the size of the former. You are correct Darthmalt when you said that this photograph is indeed unaltered in digital form, however, appears as an illusion due to the perspective of the photographer and possibly the lens.


    If it was forced perspective, though, wouldn’t the smaller plane in front look bigger than the plane in back? Or wouldn’t the letters on the plane behind be less in-focus than the letters on the one up front?

    Seriously, I’m askin’. The last time I got higher than a C in a science class I was in the second grade.

    Also, considering the light source, wouldn’t there be a shadow on the Lufthansa plane if they really were that close?


    this is what a parallel approach looks like….now they could have been landing on runways in close proximity….but they are not all that close to each other…..the photography is distorting our perspective


    Yeah, perspective folks, simply put, the actual size of the aircraft makes it easier to spot.


    Oh, and nothing quite that rare, i do parallel approaches fairly often, in smaller aircraft mind you but a LOT closer than this without anything really scary.

    I dunno actually…just had another look…doesn’t seem to quite add up, even with the thought of different fancy lenses in mind. i can understand making a single object look a lot closer than it really is but two objects in the same frame…well, i ain’t no photographer but i am a pilot and they definitely wouldn’t have been as close as some people seem to think.


    Hey Wally, I remember seeing on Discovery Channel once about how the draft or whatever created by an airplane is not felt in an immediate proximity, and it actually only affects the pressure outside the area. So basically, if you were standing on the tip of the wing, you won’t feel as much … push as you would if you were like…20 ft outside of the wing. Is that true?
    Can that be whats happening here?

    tiki god

    snopes has an article on this, and it basically boils down to the face that one of them is nearly 3 times larger then the other one. sadly I cannot find the exactly page on their site, but Here’s one that’s kinda like it and explains what’s going on


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