posted on Nov, 10 2015 @ 10:03 AM
The first of two AC-130J a Ghostrider prototypes has been determined to be unsafe to fly and will be written off. The aircraft, 09-5710, suffered its
second departure from controlled flight in two months during an April test flight.
The aircraft was in a high angle slip as part of the controllability testing. The AIB found that excessive rudder input, and failure to recover by the
test pilot led to the aircraft tumbling inverted and entering a vertical dive. During the dive they lost 5,000 feet, pulled 3.19 Gs, and oversped the
design limit of the flaps by 100 knots.
I heard the aircraft suffered significant damage, but 3Gs in a C -130 is brutal. This was a lot worse than I thought.