Watch This Airplane Take-Off and Land in Just 25 Feet!
You may not know the terms, but VTOL gets all the glory, while STOL has to do most of the work. VTOL stands for Vertical Take-Off and Landing, and defines vehicles like the iconic U.S. Marines AV-8B Harrier and V-22 Osprey. STOL means Short Take-Off and Landing, and is just an impressive thing to watch. If you note, the Harrier and Osprey are military vehicles, and need to get in and out of a tight space in record time. Meanwhile, some STOL craft are more suited for civilian use, but in remote areas. The Piper PA-11 SuperCub is a great example of an airplane that can take off and land in tight places, but still do it like a conventional plane. RELATED: The Stratolaunch Will Soon Be The Largest Plane in the World
According to BangShift, this SuperCub is being operated by pilot Bobby Breeden and he built this craft himself. Your average single-engine Cesna requires 65 knots to take off, 65 knots on approach, and then is dropped to 61 knots once over the runway. But using 14-17 knot winds, Breeden was able to launch the SuperCub from nearly a standstill, and land it in only 20 feet:
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Note: You may be wondering the F-35B exists in the context of vehicles like this. With its short take-off and vertical landing, it is technically an STOVL, and combines both types of flight.
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