A Florida pilot picked a colorful way to test the effects of zero gravity while airborne — by using a handful of candy and filming it as the sweets appeared to float weightlessly in the air.
In the brief, slow motion video, Geoffrey Graf pilots what appears to be a single engine P92 Eaglet propeller plane, while his companion clutches a handful of candy.
As Graf puts the plane into a dive, his companion simply releases her grip on the candy, which seems to disperse of its own accord and then gently float back into the recesses of the cockpit.
Graf called the flight maneuver a ‘Zero G Pushover’ and described it as ‘Pushing the plane over from a climb to a dive’ when posting the 23 second clip to his YouTube channel.
His maneuver was similar to that of NASA’s famous ‘vomit comet’ parabolic flights, which produce about 20 seconds of weightlessness at a stretch.
Since being posted three days ago, the clip spread around the Internet and has become a viral sensation with more than half a million cumulative views on various platforms.
Viewer reaction to the video was divided, however, with some expressing awe, while a greater number questioned the video’s reality and true zero gravity nature.
The first candies begin to float out of Graf’s companion’s hand, as the experiment commences
As Graf dives the plane, the candies begin to float out of his companion’s hand and into the air
The candies seem to be weightlessly suspended in air for a moment before flying backwards
Graf comes into frame as the experiment ends and the candies have fallen into the cockpit
‘Zero grav? looks more like slow motion to me,’ wrote LiveLeak user Benobins.
‘not a single god damn thing in that description describes what happened other than the word candy,’ complained Boily MoonCan of the LiveLeak video title, ‘Pilot Takes a Dive for Zero Gravity Experiment.’
Fellow LiveLeakers like Bleys scoffed, ‘Instead of slow motion video, just take a picture next time for full Zero Gravity experience,’ while daveholt wrote, ‘I can do that by jumping up and down.’
Over on Facebook, posts of the Graf’s video drew similar skepticism.
‘Zero gravity or candy falling in slow motion? If he was diving I would think we would see the ground coming straight at him,’ wrote Facebook user Jonah Kenny.
‘If this is zero gravity, why does the candy comes towards the pilot upon release as apposed to just floating straight up?’ wondered JT McCabe.
The video Graf, pictured inflight, posted online of his zero gravity experiment went viral
It appears Graf flew a plane like this single engine P92 Eaglet propeller plane in the video
Graf received his pilot license 34 weeks ago, according to this commerative shot on Instagram
Science geeks, however, viewed…