A Boeing 747 is caught on video virtually taking off by itself without any pilot or crew. The jumbo jet accomplished this seemingly impossible feat due to the strong 70 mph winds blasting away at the wings of the plane as it sits in a jet boneyard in Mojave, CA, awaiting shipment to the scrap heap.
The aircraft, which was stripped of its jets, has empty fuel tanks, and is without passengers or crew, is left so light that the Mojave winds are free to have their way with the 747. Only the nose of the aircraft leaves the ground, but it lifts a significant amount off the tarmac giving the appearance it is about to take off.
The next day the plane was found to have rotated about 45 degrees from its original position. The lack of engines left the craft significantly tail heavy, at least enough to allow the plane to totter backward and forward lifting the nose quite high into the air. Although the back wheels remained in place, the nose and fuselage of the plane move numerous times.