Gimli Glider


“If a Boeing 767 runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet what do you have?
Answer: A 132 ton glider with a sink rate of over 2000 feet-per-minute and marginally enough hydraulic pressure to control the ailerons, elevator, and rudder. Put veteran pilots Bob Pearson and cool-as-a-cucumber Maurice Quintal in the in the cockpit and you’ve got the unbelievable but true story of Air Canada Flight 143, known ever since as the Gimli Glider.”

3 Comments

  1. Lyle said:

    Blimey, that’s a scary concept.

    Fantastic story, though.

    January 11, 2007
  2. Liam said:

    Brilliant story!

    January 18, 2007
  3. Gimli Glider Incident…

    Being an ex-aviation enthusiast, I enjoyed this story regarding an Air Canada pilot landing a 737 with no fuek (gliding) onto a ex RCAF flight strip which happened to be being used as a drag strip!
    “If a Boeing 767 runs out of fuel at 41,000 f…

    January 18, 2007

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