Can a commercial airplane do a barrel roll?

A commercial airliner soaring through the clouds.

Anyone who has ever attended an air show has witnessed the death-defying acrobatics of pilots. But one maneuver stands out as a crowd favorite: the “barrel roll,” in which an aircraft makes a full 360-degree rotation in mid-air.

It should come as no surprise that performing this exercise is no easy feat – even in a small stunt plane or fighter jet – and requires an experienced pilot to perform it. But is it possible to make a barrel roll in something larger, like a commercial airplane?

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