Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in Taiwan with a fury this month, bringing with it sustained winds estimated at 120 mph with maximum gusts topping 145 mph by the time it reached Japan. This China Airlines cargo jet appears to be taking the brunt of the weather. These video clips captured it being repeatedly lifted off the ground while waiting out the storm in Taiwan.
This isn’t the first time a massive plane has been caught on video being rocked by heavy winds, but a stripped down shell doesn’t nearly compare to seeing a storm pick up a flight-ready cargo Boeing 747 that could weigh upwards of 970,000 lbs., and would still weigh in around 400,000 lbs. even without fuel or cargo. Depending on the weight, it typically takes as much as 180 mph to get a Boeing 747 airborne. But a lighter version could be lifted by airspeed as low as 130 mph, which is evident here by the bouncing nose wheel.
Next time, hopefully, our hero can find a home inside a hangar before the wrath of the gods rolls in.