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Mishaps: Tough 'Birds'.

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posted on Dec, 12 2005 @ 10:21 PM
I was going through some .pdf files I had bookmarked, and ran across one .pdf with a variety of articles, one of which, was concerning a TOP GUN one-on-one engagement mishap between two F/A-18s.

What basically happened was that the two F/A-18s ultimately decided to make a head-on pass, the result was a midair collision. Fortunately, both aircraft returned to base without further incident or mishap.
Page 8: F-18s are good aircraft


For sale, two F-18s, slightly used, as is condition, what offers, two slightly "soiled" flight suits included.

Just call this the mishap thread.


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posted on Dec, 12 2005 @ 11:49 PM
Amazing that those two made it back.

I have some pics of an A-10 that lost two out of three wing spars to a SAM in Gulf War one, and I know somewhere there are pics of an Israeli (I think) F-15 that actually lost most of one wing and landed successfully.

posted on Dec, 12 2005 @ 11:54 PM
Post'em when can, xmotex.
I would love to see them and here about the mishaps or incidents.

I am going through somemore .pdf's to see what else I can find that I stashed away for some ungodly unknown reason.


posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 03:04 AM
I started an identical thread to this but it got removed

Here is my original post - mods, please leave this thread alone, its perfectly valid and there is no 'general aircraft' board on BTS which would be the natural home for such posts.

Originally posted by waynos
I thought you all might be interested in seeing these pictures I have found today, they are all very old but still interesting I feel. The last one is quite funny too.

This below must be one of the most amazing 'bystander' photo's ever taken, as the farmer poses on his new tractor one of the development aircraft for the BAC Lightning comes plummetting down right behind him!

The pilot ejected at 150ft and survived but broke both legs when he fell through a greenhouse;

This next photo was taken as the prototype Vulcan made a low pass over the Runway at the 1958 Syerston Battle of Britain display. It was being used by Rolls Royce as a test bed for the Conway engine (Victor/VC-10 and Boeing 707 engine). Despite4 appearances the catastrophe was nothing to do with the engine, but a structural failure of the wing!

Finally, this one comes with its own explanation, which I leave in place

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posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 03:51 AM
That's the same.
In China, no one was allowed to post any accident from own army, I wondered why you occidental like to post this

just for fun

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posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 01:52 PM
A US Navy F-4 Phantom still took off once with its wings still folded(i think one half was) and landed back on the carrier. A nosecone on a Royal Navy F-4 flew back/went missing in flight? and was escorted back to base, Although I LOVE the F-14 Tomcat , I still find somthing more special about the F-4 Phantom.

I do like the F-16 Falcon and the F/A-18 Hornet but i think they are too common so i look at other aircraft instead. I admire the way the Hornet survived the collision and still made it back to the runway.

Wonder if these F/A-18s will be brought back to USN Service?

[edit on 13-12-2005 by Browno]

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 02:06 PM

THE F-15 collision picture - and that IAF Eagle made it home on its own power!!

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 02:16 PM
I once saw an A-10 perform a low pass, and drop parts out of the gearwell. The AC went around as the runway was cleared and landed without further event. A british Tornado flew through power lines after getting a bit low on final. Tore all the lines down over the road, smashing a few windshields and scaring a few motorists. The aircraft went around and landed without event.

I witnessed a tail rotor swashplate bearing failure on a Hughes 500c/d, the pilot was maneuvering and lost the mechanical link between the tail rotor. Dropping the nose and regaining speed allowed the craft to weathervane enough to maintain control and not spiral in, but now the aircraft was "stuck" above 60kts of airspeed with no way to transition to hover to land. Our solution was to close off a taxiway and allow the pilot a straight in approach touching down at 60kts on the skids. The pilot set the bird down and slid for several hundred feet on the skids on the centerline, only veering slightly to one side during the last 30-50' of the slide. After the pilot, unscathed, changed his shorts i congratulated him on the awesome handling of his bird in that situation. I also had a Blackhawk shear a gear in then drivebox and autorotate to land almost on the same spot of taxiway not long after.

A Luscombe 8 was caught one day by a freak gust, blown off the runway during takeoff roll, and into a taxiway sign. The sign and one side of the landing gear were piled in a heap in the ditch between the two. The pilot ended up airborne with only one gear left. The pilot chose the dirt runway and set the aircraft down on the single wheel, held it off until it wouldn't fly anymore, and brought it back to the hangar with only the gear damage and slight wingtip/belly scrapes.

I've heard some pretty crazy stories about A-10's coming back with half the airframe missing and such, if i could have any aircraft, it'd be the A-10. The only true stick and rudder aircraft left in the US inventory. And besides that, they're pretty in that butt-ugly flying brick sorta way.

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 02:22 PM
Found this of an F-14 that had lost its canopy. The photo has more details:

Found in this bookmarked site from sometime ago:

This one is of a MiG-29 mid-air collision:


[edit on 13-12-2005 by Seekerof]

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 02:25 PM

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (ACCNS) -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot deployed with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing safely landed her "Warthog" at her forward operating base after it sustained significant damage from enemy fire during a close air support mission over Baghdad April 7.

Capt. Kim Campbell, deployed from the 75th Fighter Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., and her flight leader had just finished supporting ground troops and were on their way out of the area when her aircraft was hit with enemy fire

she was on total manual on the way home

[edit on 13-12-2005 by Harlequin]

posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 06:47 AM
Have you ever seen landing with afterburner??? Aermacchi MB339A during airshow at Ramstein AFB, 1988...

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posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 06:49 AM
That sure is amazing that they got back safe... pretty good nerves, that they didn't eject themselves... but hey, they are in top-gun right...

posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 02:29 AM
Another inferno, but not an accident. Australian F-111Cs have opportunity to discharge fuel in emergency situations. They often present it at airshows.

posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 04:32 AM
I read today that BAC Lightning was once flown by an unqualified pilot.

During fast taxi runs to investigate an electrical problem the engineer inadvertantly lit the afterburner and up it went!

Despite only having a few hours on a Tiger Moth the guy landed safely after a couple of aborted attempts.

Now THAT is what I would call a scary situation!

posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 04:54 AM
Tore it up is a true understatment and a miricle that both piolts of the FA-18's were able to make it back to base. The piolts were very, very, lucky to walk away from this"mishap"

posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 05:14 AM
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posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 09:04 PM

In-Flate Emergency anyone?

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posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 09:14 PM
Here's another one i couldn't quite get to fit.

Wouldn't want to be that F-15 pilot.

I saw a picture once of an F-18 that accidentally fired a missile while still on the catapult....there was a great pic of it flying across the deck and people running for their lives....anyone know the one i'm talking about?

posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 10:27 PM
u mean this?

Found it in the link Seekerof provided. They should be relieved that it's just a sidewinder.

posted on Dec, 21 2005 @ 04:33 AM
That last one reminds me of a report from Flight many years ago, sadly no pics.

On an interception excercise in 1978 against an RAF Jaguar, an RAF Phantom was accidentally loaded with live Sidewinders (don't ask me how that happened, I've no idea). Of course you can guess what happened, the Jaguar was blown out of the sky. Luckily the crew ejected safely following frantic warnings from the Phantom pilot !

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