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Basil
09-08-2016, 01:47 AM
A very good friend of mine (and a former boss) was the Flight Test Engineer on this bird and was aboard when the mishap at the end of the video occurred.


https://youtu.be/WKCl3lfAx1Q

GregW
09-08-2016, 07:28 AM
Amazing they could get that together in a couple weeks. Doesn't leave much time for R&D though.

JPSmit
09-08-2016, 08:59 AM
That'll buff out.

Seriously now, are the flamethrowers for light? to blind potential enemies? to scorch the runway clean of debris? or enemies? or all of the above?

Gliderman8
09-08-2016, 09:22 AM
If they could have pulled it off it would have been the US version of The Raid on Entebbe.

Basil
09-08-2016, 09:43 AM
That'll buff out.

Seriously now, are the flamethrowers for light? to blind potential enemies? to scorch the runway clean of debris? or enemies? or all of the above?

They were Jato rockets to assist in takeoff and landing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JATO

65_BRG_Sprite
09-08-2016, 04:39 PM
Holy crap, as (everyone loves) Raymond's father used to say.

mikephillips
09-12-2016, 11:52 AM
The whole rescue attempt was a mess. There was the later accident in the desert with the helicopters too. Only good thing to come out of it was the recognition that in the post Vietnam era that training and standards had slipped further than anyone was willing to admit and something needed to be done to correct it.

kennypinkerton
09-16-2016, 07:12 PM
Wow. Iron Eagle with a BIG plane. Glad to hear nobody was hurt in the accident though.

TOC
09-16-2016, 07:28 PM
Surplus from the B-47 series, right?

Basil
09-16-2016, 08:02 PM
Wow. Iron Eagle with a BIG plane. Glad to hear nobody was hurt in the accident though.

Kenny!! Kenny!!! Kenny!! Where the heck have you been man? (You thought I didn't miss you LOL?)

kennypinkerton
09-16-2016, 09:33 PM
Hahaha. I read most of the newsletters over the years. Good to be back. I wish it was on a computer... living in the sticks isn't tech savvy. Still no Internet out here. But they have done wonders with smart phones these days, apparently.

Basil
09-16-2016, 09:39 PM
Hahaha. I read most of the newsletters over the years. Good to be back. I wish it was on a computer... living in the sticks isn't tech savvy. Still no Internet out here. But they have done wonders with smart phones these days, apparently.

Smart Phones have come a long way that's for sure!

DrEntropy
09-17-2016, 03:18 PM
Welcome back, Kenny!

...did you bring enuff coffee for everybody? :wink:

kennypinkerton
09-17-2016, 04:11 PM
Got plenty. Thanks Doc!

DrEntropy
09-23-2016, 01:44 PM
I got exactly one ride in a C-130 with a JATO takeoff. Pretty scary compared to a "normal" C-130 rotation.

Basil
09-23-2016, 01:46 PM
I got exactly one ride in a C-130 with a JATO takeoff. Pretty scary compared to a "normal" C-130 rotation.

I can only imagine. Been on many C-130s, but most exciting for me was t/o and landings on a gravel strip up at Cape Dyer on the arctic circle.

DrEntropy
09-23-2016, 01:52 PM
I can only imagine. Been on many C-130s, but most exciting for me was t/o and landings on a gravel strip up at Cape Dyer on the arctic circle.

No thanks! A nice 5,000+ ft. runway and zero crosswind for me.