This Amazing Viral Landing Video Didn’t Really Happen. Here’s How We Know!

This video of a Delta jet making a rather amazing landing has been making the rounds. I’ve seen it on Facebook, and three readers sent it to me.

The strength of the nose gear on the Boeing 787 is very impressive! But… this didn’t really happen.

  • Delta has ordered 18 Boeing 787’s. None have yet been delivered.
  • This sure looks like a computer-generated background. Microsoft Flight Simulator? A training simulator? Definitely not a video of an actual landing.

Don’t try this one for real, pilots!

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  1. And because up to the 10 second mark you can see in the bottom left corner the button bar and Flight Simulator icon open,.. clearly video camera-ing the computer, followed by screen glare. Obviously.

  2. The guy’s comment seems to indicate it was fake to begin with. Google translate gets grammar wrong sometimes, but it says it was his most crazy landing, so yea…

  3. Really? Someone thought that was real and not an obvious video game?!? Society is doomed. The least of things to mention is the interference between the monitor and the video camera, let alone the glimpse of the Windows taskbar.

  4. To clarify, Northwest Airlines ordered 18 787s, and Delta inherited the orders after the merger. Delta haven’t ordered any 787s either before or after the merger, and have continued to delay delivery of those that NW ordered since taking over. The latest I’ve read is no earlier than 2020.

  5. I am a retired Delta pilot and there have been at least a half-dozen former pilots posting that this really happened and it was because auto spoilers didn’t deploy or some other thing. They are still going on in the face of the rebuttal. One was an instructor pilot.

    I am hating to admit this, but at least I’m not publishing Al’s last name.

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