I've never seen a plane do such a maneuver, have you?

Is this photo just a hoax?

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    $\begingroup$ Probably not real - that would need a pretty steep bank angle, so the contrails in the turn would appear closer together, or merge even. $\endgroup$
    – CrossRoads
    Jun 5, 2018 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ @CrossRoads Agreed, the only way that can be done is if the plane is not leveled at all before and after the turn and keeping the exactly bank. in addition it must be slow and at high altitude meaning it's already loosing altitude $\endgroup$
    – jean
    Jun 5, 2018 at 20:24

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hoax, totally. that plane is travelling at about 550MPH and the forces required to turn it 180 degrees with a radius of ~two wingspans would destroy the plane and kill everybody in it.

  • $\begingroup$ We cannot know how much fast it's going, from that perspective we cannot tell it's going "slow" and even stalling due to it. But i agreed it looks like fake because the contrails in the turn looks too much parallel $\endgroup$
    – jean
    Jun 5, 2018 at 20:18
  • $\begingroup$ @jean From the contrails we know a minimum flight altitude. From the wing loading we know the minimum airspeed at that altitude. It's a bit less than 550 mph, but the possible turn radius is still kilometers wide. $\endgroup$ Jun 5, 2018 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ @PeterKämpf Yeah, unless it's falling like a brick and from that perspective we cannot tell =) $\endgroup$
    – jean
    Jun 5, 2018 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ @jean even then the contrails would look very different - not a semicircle but a very long half ellipse. $\endgroup$ Jun 5, 2018 at 21:33

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