The pilot flew for the first time on an airplane through two car tunnels
Italian pilot and stuntman Dario Costa did what seemed incredible yesterday. He flew by plane through two Catalca road tunnels near Istanbul. Their length is 2 kilometers 260 meters. The plane flight took 43,44 seconds. Costa was at the helm of a single-engine aircraft specially prepared for this amazing experiment.
Costa's plane flew only 70 centimeters above the asphalt, while the pilot kept the required distance from the walls of the tunnel.
It is clear that flying through the tunnel is fraught with mortal danger: at any moment the plane could come into contact either with the walls of the tunnel or with the ground.
As the American author Tyler Rogoway writes, Costa flew into the tunnel early in the morning, and the morning sun created optimal conditions for the difficult task. The highest response was required from the pilot. But it was not without a critical moment: the plane flew through a 360-meter section between the tunnels, having fallen under the influence of a side wind. Nevertheless, Kostya managed to fly into the second narrow tunnel.
- later recalled the stuntman himself.
Dario Costa set four world records for the Guinness Book at once: the first flight of an aircraft through a tunnel, the first flight of an aircraft through two tunnels, the first departure of an aircraft from a tunnel and the longest tunnel passed by a high-speed manned aircraft.
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