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Watch: Two Planes Take Flight… Without Pilots!

In a video posted by YouTube user fatesclown’s channel, two small planes seemingly take off on their own at the US Air Force Academy Airfield on 4/23/2014.

How can this be? magic? ghosts? Actually, a weather phenomenon called a microburst is to blame.

According to the National Weather Service, a microburst is a localized column of sinking air (downdraft) within a thunderstorm and is usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Microbursts can cause extensive damage at the surface, and in some instances, can be life-threatening. Wind speeds in microbursts can reach up to 100 mph, or even higher, which is equivalent to an EF-1 tornado. Winds this high can cause major damage to homes and other structures and level hundreds of trees.

1 Comment

  • Nate

    Check your facts WNEP. The planes were NOT unmanned. They were sitting on the runway under power, waiting to hook up to the gliders. The microburst forced two of them into the air and the pilots took control.

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