We had an unexpected visitor Monday...60-009 had an in air emergency and landed at Mildenhall. The #7 engine caught fire and the crew landed the
beast with no incident. I wish I could show you pics but we cant take pics on the flightline....mmmhmm. Anyway, the fire burned through the engine
cowling and made a mess. Two generators went offline. The FD emptied two trucks on her as it was a no snip fire.
I cant comment on any tactical or mission stuff, but what a beauty sittin on the runway. Needless t say, hoops were jumped and waivers granted
aplenty getting her parked!!!!!
Number 5 was overheating, and #7 was on fire. They sprayed down the inboard pod while another crew was dealing with the fire in the outboard pod.
Lots of pics, including ones where you can see the fire in the engine, but none are mine, so I don't want to publish any without
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They were talking about replacing the Pratt&Whitney TF33 engines with BMW and Rolls-Royce design F130 engines (but
to be assembled in the US). With Trump demanding "America first" solutions, not sure that is still a plan option.
The money is in the budget request, but Congress wants a detailed plan from the Air Force, instead of the shotgun approach they usually use. They
should see the first aircraft sometime around 2022 or 2023.
Yeah, I heard that they had to truck the bar up from Fairford. I was surprised to see they were able to get her moved by last night. Heh. Moving them
off the runway, with narrow taxiways is always fun. Gotta have someone with a radio to talk them through turns.
Delta is extra wide so no probs there. That was my first chute packing experience..took 4 peeps. Getting old!!!!! I noticed the pilot left his
window open for some reason. Sooooo, of course we had to climb up and close it.....we didnt pose for pics though.
Forgot what a sweet looking airplane the BUFF is, especially at night with a couple Light-alls on it.
We used to use two to pick them up off the runway. They aren't bad until you get to the clip. That thing is the killer. From what I've been told, up
until the H, it was much easier to load the thing back after you pack it. There were changes to the internal structure on the H that required the
chute to be moved making it harder.
She's going to be there a good minute. The Air Force is having a hell of a time finding the required parts, and they're checking all 8 engines. They
discussed going to the Boneyard for parts, but it was determined that would be difficult and expensive. So they might have to raid a cann jet to get
the parts, and fly them in.
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