posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 02:06 PM
reply to post by madmac5150
One of my favorites still, was the F-15 driver who was wingman for the Alaska Wing Commander (he liked to fly to Hickam for conferences in an F-15).
They had departed the previous day, and returned. So they were preflighting, and he says "We're going today even if I lose an engine on take-off."
Everyone took a step back.
He hits V1, stag light comes on (oil pressure issue). He decides to abort, pulls the throttles back to idle, #1 goes to idle, #2 goes to military.
He drops the hook, catches the barrier on the far end, stops in the approach numbers on the wrong end of the runway. He told my father he thought
about ejecting, but wasn't sure who'd shut the engine down. My father turned him towards the aircraft, and said "You see that ocean out there? That
would have taken care of it." (8R at Honolulu is man made runway out in the Pacific) He melted all three brakes, blew all three tires, FOD damage to
both engines, and cracks around the tail hook (210 knots at capture). Plane sat there for a month making repairs to get it well enough for a one time
flight to the depot.
edit on 4/20/2013 by Zaphod58 because: Because I can't tell my left runway from my right runway.