Boeing was being a little too badass this week at the Farnborough Air Show.
Boeing pilots performed a difficult maneuver on Monday, landing its 787-9 Dreamliner jet on a runway before quickly taking off again seconds later during what’s called a touch-and-go. You can watch it here, starting at the 1:10 mark.
But the next day, Air Show authorities said that the move was not safe due to the wing coming too close to the ground as the jet quickly turned while steeply rising back into the air. They’ve banned both Boeing and Airbus from performing the move again this week.
As the Seattle Times reports here, the situation has created a bit of controversy between Airbus and Boeing, fueling their rivalry. Airbus officials say they had been practicing the maneuver and were prepared to show it off this week, and are now disappointed that they can’t do so.
Boeing, on the other hand, suspects that Airbus complained to the Air Show authorities so not to be “shown up.”
Regardless of who is right, Boeing comes away with proof that its 787-9 can perform some gnarly tricks. Check out the move at the 1:10 mark below:
And here’s a Boeing video showing off more of the 787-9’s capabilities in the air: