> Allen asked, “What did you think you were doing yesterday?” Johnston replied, “Selling the airplane.” ... “The airplane does not recognize attitude, providing a maneuver is conducted at one G. It knows only positive and negative imposed loads and variations in thrust and drag. The barrel roll is a one G maneuver and quite impressive, but the airplane never knows it’s inverted.”
> Allen mulled that over and responded, “You know that. Now we know that. But just don’t do it anymore.”
"I'll try spinning, that's a good trick"
I grew up hearing about this all the time. Considering the barrel roll happened nearly directly over my house, and most of my family worked for Boeing. I love it when it comes up on the internet!
They claim that it was without the president’s knowledge but he signed off on the plan to put a ‘z’ and an ‘r’ button in the cockpit. He had to know that someone was going to press one of them twice.
I didn't realize Boeing manufactured that airframe for almost 40 years. And I thought Ford had a good run with the 289 Engine.
The Museum of Flight in Seattle has Alvin "Tex" Johnson's [flight helmet , cowboy boots, and the yoke of the Dash 80 on display](https://i.redd.it/54r0rodkvney.jpg
i'd like to think if you have your chief test pilot with the nickname of "Tex" walking out to a brand new airliner in a flight helmet and cowboy boots and the last words you said to him was "sell the airplane" you have to expect some crazy stunt to go down
You were in a 4g inverted dive with a mig28?