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Plane Snow Landing: Frosted Donuts

I think this pilot just wanted to show off.

He lands in the snow, does a bunch of donuts around the camera man, and immediately takes off again. Still, it's a pretty insane stunt that he pulled off flawlessly! Very cool, totally reckless, completely awesome! That plane could have easily flipped.
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