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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Guitarzan, Aug 17, 2017.
I've seen a C-17 come in with the wheels up, talk about some sparks!
Gear-up landings = "grind-to-fit" planing (pun) events to airframes.
Driving a convertible down a gravel road.
That is really some adventure story! Thanks for posting it!
That was very near here & the lead article in last week's local Sunday paper. Quite a ride!
I hope they are deep into a serious serious investigation as to how on earth this series of events managed to happen to an aircraft that was just out for a training/whatever flight and not in a combat zone. The gun malfunction might have been the root cause of all of the failures but it was still a lot of failures. Great skills to bring it home but you almost wonder if the right thing to do might have been to eject and while it's great the airplane was survived the flight back it did let him down in the first place.
that's a great pilot, i always was shoked by a ( i believe ) Picture of a lokheed neptune landing without gear if i find it i post it i found that one super cool !
I was thinking the same thing. However, I remember that the pilot was unsure if the ejection seat would work, with the canopy blown off. Still, hats off to the pilots.
The ACES II ejection system has a provision that initiates seat ejection when the canopy departs the aircraft during ejection. Since the same system is used to jettison the canopy by itself without ejecting, a check valve in the gas generating line prevents the seat from blowing if the canopy is jettisoned that way. That was probably what was giving the pilot concerns over the seat. Looks to me like the pilot displayed superb airmanship in saving the airplane.
I'd almost bet that a round exploded in the gun system, and that explosion triggered the canopy jettison mechanism and jammed the nose gear. That Warthog is one tough jet! Designed and built by Republic Iron Works!
A-10 is a bad mamajamma. Saved our asses a few times coming on station and going BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTT until everything in its path was no longer in its path.
Always loved the A10
that sound is something unique .. I'm however I'm glad to not have it seen or heard in action IRL situation ..should be freaking scary.
It-s a formidable plane that for close ground support is really hard to beat.