This week a video of a Tesla car racing a Qantas 737 jet did the rounds, with Avalon Airport being the setting. But how did they manage to pull off such a stunt?
Avalon Airport is a simple airport where the terminal is just a tin shed.
Which is used by only a handful of flights a day.
As of 2016 those flights being:
- four a day to Sydney,
- daily to the Gold Coast
- four times weekly to Hobart,
- three times weekly to Adelaide, and finally
- three times weekly to Dubbo.
But Avalon has one important feature – a 10000 foot (3048 metre) long runway, and a parallel taxiway.
The airport was opened in 1953 to cater for the production of military jet aircraft, such as the English Electric Canberra bomber and the Dassault Mirage IIIO fighter. Aircraft manufacturing stopped in the 1980s, but Avalon has still been busy with pilot training and aircraft maintenance.
So back to the race – the filming run was made on April 2, 2016 with Qantas B737-800 VH-XZI as the star taking off to the north on runway 36, while the Tesla car sped along the parallel taxiway ‘A’ – which provided a safe distance between the two.
The full video can be found on YouTube.
And Qantas has posted a behind the scenes video on Twitter.
— Qantas (@Qantas) April 22, 2016