Twitch Played Flight Simulator And Somehow Landed

They pulled off a barrel roll! Only just.
They pulled off a barrel roll! Only just.
Screenshot: Flight Simulator

Folks teaming up through Twitch chat is not an easy way to play a video game, especially one that’s supposed to be a realistic simulation of flying an enormous airplane.

That didn’t stop now-former Vlambeer man Rami Ismail from trying, though, so he set up a stream, invited people to come watch/fly, and they did just that.


If you’ve never seen one of these before, a “Twitch plays” means that folks watching from home can input game commands into Twitch chat, and these are translated into in-game responses. So in this case someone typing “!throttleset 100" would set the aircraft’s throttle to 100.

Taking off in Slovenia, the crew not only survived the initial departure, but then somehow managed to pull off a barrel roll over the ocean (in absolutely hair-raising fashion), before then coming back in and landing successfully!

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs

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The game - er, “sim” - allows you to disable damage due to structural or engine over-stress. I’m sure that had to help a lot in this case.

Of course, in the real world, Tex Johnston very famously barrel-rolled the Boeing Dash-80 (prototype for the 707) over Lake Washington in 1955. No option menu cheats available for that stunt, and yes, there is film of the event.