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US Air Force Blows Up Addenbrooke's Hospital .... helipad

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posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:04 PM
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Up up and away !

TextMaj Keavy Rake, of the USAF's 48th Fighter Wing, said: "The area was surveyed according to our policies and procedures and some damage did occur.


Some damage ? , Maj Rake is a master of understatement.
I would suggest that looking at something then saying "Yep , that'll be alright" is not really a survey.




"The next closest helipad is at Cambridge City Airport, where one of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) teams is based.

"It will be possible for the EAAA helipad to be used as an alternative landing site during this time and have patients transferred to Addenbrooke's from there by land ambulance, with critical care staff on board."
news.sky.com... -12284283


Question is , who approved this bloody stupid stunt.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:07 PM
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a reply to: gortex

Weird, weird, weird aircraft.

I get to watch them fly a lot. Just ain't natural I tell you. 'Specially when they transition.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:15 PM
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LOL
Some Damage


I would hate to see what his definition of "destroyed" looked like.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:25 PM
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Apparently this "temporary" helipad has been in place for ten YEARS. Anyone who built a helipad out of astro turf has to have their head examined in the first place. It's not a damn golf course.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:25 PM
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One poorly made helipad, it's not secured to the ground with spikes.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:27 PM
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a reply to: gortex

Who builds helipads out of woven mats with a little tar on top?
Osprey is awesome.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:29 PM
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a reply to: Echo007

Yet it seems to have survived air ambulance aircraft well enough so not that poorly made.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:31 PM
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a reply to: gortex

The helipad that was in use was only designed for temporary use. It isn't supposed to still be in use 10 years later, because no one could be bothered to fund a permanent one. The pad looks like a Faun Trackway mat. That mat has been used for AV-8B, and V-22s in the field. It looks like it wasn't secured properly, and no one caught it when they did the survey.




posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:31 PM
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a reply to: Peeple

Yanks blow our helipad to bits and it's our fault ... typical !



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:41 PM
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originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: Peeple

Yanks blow our helipad to bits and it's our fault ... typical !


LOL it looked like you could roll the mats back out and attach them properly to the ground and you are back in business. Not to mention there is loads of space to roll out another half-ass mat and spike it down. I guessing that was the girls' gymnastic mat/helicopter landing pad combo.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:49 PM
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a reply to: gortex

Well at least I didn't make jokes about Brits and engineering. You're welcome



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 03:57 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Isn't Faun aluminium? This looks like rubber no?



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 04:18 PM
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This is what happens when you buy your helipads from Wish...
2nd line..



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 04:21 PM
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'Some damage'..... LMAO.

Looks like they made the thing out of corrugated cardboard.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 04:40 PM
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a reply to: gortex

Ohhhh, BLOWS
got me on that one.


A roll out helipad... what could go wrong?
Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

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posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 04:46 PM
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a reply to: Peeple

This one may not be Faun specifically, but it's the same thing as the Faun landing areas. Faun was just the closest that I could find to match to it, with a fairly cursory search. There are several out there that use proprietary materials, similar to rubber, to make them lightweight.
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posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 04:47 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Well, you seem to have given a much better survey in the 27 minutes since the OP than the USAF managed before the mission, which makes me wonder what surveying they did.

Maybe Addenbrookes actually wanted the pad destroyed, to get funding for a new one?

Ospreys seem to be busy in the UK recently.



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 04:48 PM
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Is there some reason they can't land on dirt or turf?



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 04:51 PM
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originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: Peeple

Yanks blow our helipad to bits and it's our fault ... typical !


You set me off!
Laughed all the way through the rest of the comments...... now I have to go pee before anyone posts any more hilarities!

S&F for the laughs!

Rainbows
Jane



posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 04:58 PM
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a reply to: Blaine91555

Dirt is a safety concern. They kick up enough dirt to cause a brownout for the pilots, and can actually clog the engine. A Marine MV-22 crashed in Hawaii because of that. They have a system in the front of the engine that is supposed to keep dirt and dust from getting into the engine itself, but "it sucks" doesn't really do it justice. They had 8 power loss events between 2008 and 2015 because of a failure of that system.



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