posted on Jan, 7 2013 @ 09:28 PM
reply to post by Bedlam
Ok, I figured they might.
In the 45+ years my father put in as active duty and civilian, he had exactly one plane come back with a fire after a fire warning light. They had a
hydraulic pump come apart and spray fluid into the engine.
We had a 747 test bed flying out of the Honolulu side land once, with a 777 engine mounted, and not know it was on fire until the tower told them.
My personal favorite though was a friend of ours. He was flying the PACAF commander out of Hickam one day. They rotated, and on climb out the #3
fire warning light came on. Pulled the throttle back, light went out, dumped fuel and came back.
They did all kinds of engine runs, CND (Could Not Duplicate). Put the general back on, departed again. On climb out, #3 fire warning light comes on.
Our friend pulls the throttle back, light goes out. Pushes it forward again, light stays out.
General: "So Captain. What are we gonna do?"
Friend: "About what sir? I didn't see a thing."
General: "Good choice."
Only two times that entire trip it came on were going out of Hickam, and out of Guam to return. Turned out to be a drop of oil on the wiring harness.
When they were heavy and at full power, the combination of factors rolled it onto the fire sensor, shorting it. Any other time, nothing.
I can't even imagine what fire on a plane would be like. It would be scary as hell if you were out over water, with nowhere to go. Talk about
finding religion fast.