Thunderbirds Jet Crashes at Air Show

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  1. Michael*K

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    A jet from the U.S. Air Force's precision flying team crashed at an air show in Idaho this afternoon. The pilot ejected safely and was reportedly waving to spectators after gliding down in his parachute.
     
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    I saw this on the news today. Pretty lucky guy. I think there were two air show crashes today.
     
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    from the blurb it sounds like he did an amazing job of protecting the crowd.
     
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    Good thing the USAF doesn't have a "You break it, you buy it" policy." [​IMG]

    [​IMG] to the pilot for handling that the way he did.
     
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    I read the inquiry article. Does the Air Force use different names for aerobatic maneuvers than everyone else? The report states the pilot was trying to perform a "Split S", but I was watching the inflight cockpit tape and I gathered that the pilot was performing a "half reverse Cuban eight"......not a "Split S."
     
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    A split S should be the reverse of an immelman, so if he went inverted and did half a loop, he did a split S.

    Ok, watched the video... I guess that could have been half a cuban eight too, since he was still going up when he inverted. Looks like he just stalled it. Oops!

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    When does an airplane not crash at an Air Show?
     
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    i've been to over two dozen air shows and i've never seen a jet crash. i did see a blue angel crash while practicing for an air show back in '99 or 2000, can't remember. both pilots died unfortunately and i had to help pick up the pieces of the jet after the human remains had been extracted. that was a sad day.

    eric
     
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    Damn. I thought another F-16 crashed until I read the first posting.
     
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    f16.net has some photos of the pilot ejecting. Pretty cool photos.
     
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    If the final outcome was determined to be engine failure, why would the pilot be thrown out of the Thunderbirds? Or do they think that it is automatically too stressful for the pilots for even an accident not caused by pilot error?

    [edit- Oops, I read the initial MSNBC link where it said it might be engine failure, the link reporting the investigation says pilot error. However, my initial question still stands, if it was NOT pilot error, would the pilot still be kicked out?]

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    Not likely. A pilot cannot control a mechanical failure. Pilots have to deal with the possibility of mechanical failure at any time. I cannot see a pilot being ejected off of an aerobatic team because the aircraft failed mechanically.
     
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    I remember as a kid living on an airforce base- the Thunderbirds use to practice all the time practically in my backyard- I could just look outside myvbedroom window and watch them- as akid it didn't get any better than that- we also got to go to many airshows on the base and meet the pilots and tour the planes. I've never seen or heard about any crashes from the thunderbirds though-watching them close up is pretty amazing-brings back memories.
    Tim
     
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    I recall a number of years ago a whole formation of Thunderbirds followed their lead into the ground while practicing.
     
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    yeah, that was back in 1983. quite a number of years.

    eric
     

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