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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.
This bird brought me back home.
What's the story behind that?
Obviously, somebody got careless with a lightsaber.
It happened during the original operation Desert Storm. My wingman and I were sent to track down and intermittent radar contact by the AWACS. AWACS suspected a helicopter was flying low and slow trying to avoid detection. While my wingman covered me high at around 10K feet, I went down low for a visual confirm and intercept if possible. While down low searching I saw a tower and went right, missing the tower, but clipped a support steel cable. The tower was not marked on any of the charts we had access to. Made for an exciting ride to the closest runway with enough length to make a landing. Flight back was uneventful. Landing was a bit hair raising, the left main gear would not come down, made a 2 wheel landing and kept the left wing up as long as I could, skidded about 300 yards to a stop, popped the canopy open, jumped and ran as fast as I could towards the crash crew.
Amazing! Good story. The left engine kept running? I imagine some debris went through it.
The left engine was still turning and putting out power. Even after sliding in the sand and ingesting tons of sand, both engines were still running. I had to power them off before leaving the cockpit.
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Thought some might appreciate reading the obit of MG Fredrick (Boots) Blesse, one of the first jet aces:
Why were the tail markings removed?
edit, thought something smelled with your story.
Markk9, you have the worse luck..
Funny, some one else thought / thinks some thing is up.
I clicked on the link but it needs a log in.
Look, at the moment I got no reason to doubt your story, but that is a 'big aircraft' hanger e.g. 737 / 767 etc (above the doors there is another roller door for the fin)
That grey aircraft is the only aircraft in view, during the first Gulf War there were hundreds of aircraft in the gulf area. Surly there would be more aircraft in a hangar that size.
As well, for a time during HUGE amount of air operations during Gulf War 1, that floor is very clean.
If the Left Main Gear did not extend as stated in the write up, then the left wing would have dragged on the ground then I would expect to see damage to the wing leading edge and underside. Usually aircraft that have an asymmetric gear situation don't slide down the runway in s straight line, usually end up in the grass / dirt / gravel on the side.
those are just my observations, I wouldn't have said anything but some one else noticed something that wasn't right and so that made me ask question as well
I also was thinking that it does look more like a taxiing accident than a wheel-up landing.
What's written on the chock?
It's the 325th USAF maintaince group at Tyndall airforce base in FL.
What's your link say?
I registered, but for some reason don't have access to that thread.
More Sherlocking, neither yay or nay.....
They have big hangars in Saudi.
If the 325th were there they probably brought their own chocks.
To work on the plane perhaps they extended and pinned the gear post semi-crash landing.
Hitting a guy wire with any airplane at just about any speed is akin to a wide open chain saw going through a stick of room temperature butter. Maybe here it snapped the wire. Maybe.
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The linke is from Sportbike.net and in the years I've then there a search shows Markk9 (retired Eagle driver Long Live the Eagle) has had many brushes with death including crazy LEO's in pickups to kamakazi bicyclists taking him down on top of the TWO F15's he lost in DS. I have to remember it is the internet.
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I have had two close calls with the grim reaper. 1st, during desert storm, my aircraft got hit by a MANPAD while doing a close air support mission. 2nd, while working as LEO on a drug bust, I was stabbed with a knife with a 5" blade, 2 times in the left side of my abdomen and 1 once in the left chest. Being stabbed was a surreal experience, it really didn't hurt, left like I had the wind knocked out of me, then I passed out, came to a few hours later after surgery. I'm lucky to be alive.
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It's their "Jo Momma" type section. After you register you have to wait until a mod opens your account, kinda like our JM and FM, before you can even see it. After you register you can see the other threads, but probably not post.
So, I didn't recall seeing this pic and I consider myself to be a bit of a military aviation fan. I did a bit of searching around and found what looks to be a decent source which listed aircraft lost and or damaged in the original Operation Desert storm.
Here are all the F-15s lost or damaged during that conflict that I could find:
The info provided with and about the pic doesn't seem to fit anything I can find. I'll go do a bit more research...
Not my video, just stumbled across it.
<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/68454342" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" width="500"></iframe> Church of the High Speed Pass (1080P) from Fly Rod on Vimeo.