Greatest Headwind

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  1. Jim Rosenow

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    What's the biggest headwind you big airplane guys have seen?

    My wife saw 174K on the nose @ FL380 coming up the East coast yesterday...

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    Saw 180 something but it was quartering so our gs was 290ish(usually 440 ktas). Usually in winter winds 120 kts at altitude somewhere.
     
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    Don't know. I try to forget about those. I did have over 100 knots of tailwind once at 17,000. That was fun.

    I remember flying home once with a 60 knot headwind. A friend in a skyhawk was flying approximately the same route. When I looked down at my 60 knot groundspeed, I'm thinking, Chip must be having great fun. After I landed I noted that he bailed out early making a u -turn and using the tailwind to divert to RIC and drove the rest of the way.
     
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    I look at the winds a fair amount before a longer flight. At the lower altitudes, <10k, a 25-30 kt swing is a big deal. Even if not going flying I may look & have appreciation for that 50 kt wind above blowing a certain direction.
     
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    218 kts over southern Japan headed to Shanghai. Didn’t think we’d ever get there.
    But the return went pretty quick!
     
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    Great googly moogly!!!!!! :)
     
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    I'm just imagining a 172 up there (not that it could get up there), going -118 knots backwards groundspeed.
     
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    The winds are always strong over southern Japan.
     
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    FRG to BWI a few years ago in a 172 at 6000ft

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    LGA to MSN somewhere in the flight levels

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    256 kts! Only was lucky, a tailwind. Got a flip phone pic somewhere...

    Md-88 somewhere middle of the US. High 20’s?

    Was a brutal winter. Many transcontinental flights had to stop for gas going the other way. Probably 10 or more years ago.