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Originally posted by Seekerof
Take a look at these and tell me if "that shouldn't happend," k?
A host more can be provided on most every type of aircraft, including those so-called Gen. 4, 4.5, 5 aircraft from around the world.
So basically, your point is what again exactly, Figher Master FIN?
That crap happens, whether an aircraft is "battle tested" or not?
Originally posted by Snoogans
Wow, talk about a collective sense of humour failure!
I'm still waiting for the obligatory "The Berkut canopy would never jam, and it would still be able to shoot down all the Raptors, anyway..." post.
Originally posted by uuhelpus
That cant be true. People who used to pilot drones before they went to remote controll would have to eject. All the F-16 guys I haved heard discuss the issue say its a myth. But I dont think I can post a link to a different forum, so il drop it here
I get the press releases regularly, thought I'd share.
PRESS RELEASE -- Secretary of the Air Force, Directorate of Public Affairs
Release No. 0121045 - Jan 21, 2004
Thunderbirds Accident Report Released
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - Pilot error caused a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 aircraft to crash shortly after takeoff at an air show Sept. 14 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.
The pilot ejected just before the aircraft impacted the ground.
According to the accident investigation board report released today, the pilot misinterpreted the altitude required to complete the "Split S" maneuver. He made his calculation based on an incorrect mean-sea-level altitude of the airfield. The pilot incorrectly climbed to 1,670 feet above ground level instead of 2,500 feet before initiating the pull down to the Split S maneuver.
When he realized something was wrong, the pilot put maximum back stick pressure and rolled slightly left to ensure the aircraft would impact away from the crowd should he have to eject. He ejected when the aircraft was 140 feet above ground -- just eight --tenths of a second prior to impact. He sustained only minor injuries from the ejection. There was no other damage to military or civilian property.
The aircraft, valued at about $20.4 million, was destroyed.
Also, the board determined other factors substantially contributed to creating the opportunity for the error including the requirement for demonstration pilots to convert mean sea level and above ground level altitudes and performing a maneuver with a limited margin of error.
For more information, contact the ACC Public Affairs office at (757) 764-5007 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Because as was stated, it's a last resort, and would cause more damage to the plane than cutting off the canopy. When you jettison the canopy, the seat arms, and if you're not careful you can cause an accidental ejection.
Originally posted by Nacnud
How about if they need to get the pilot out in a hurry, ie combat situation, or the pilot is injured. In this case there was no rush.
Originally posted by Lonestar24
Same pics, much better quality HERE.
I wonder whether there will be additional costs in addition to the $182k, judging from the mess inside the cockpit... Not to speak of a major canopy inquiry...
Also, when looking at the last pic, the right-hand console looks odd, as if something has been removed from there, be it protection or secrecy.