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Basil
05-16-2018, 10:48 PM
This was classified TS at the time (now declassified). A very good friend of mine (and a former boss at SAIC) was the Flight Test Engineer and was onboard when this mishap occurred.


https://youtu.be/WKCl3lfAx1Q

NutmegCT
05-17-2018, 07:16 AM
Wow - what a nightmare, especially for the guy who fired the rockets too early. Wrecked the mission as well as the aircraft.

Did you ever get to talk with your friend who was on board at the time?

Tom M.

Basil
05-17-2018, 09:35 AM
Wow - what a nightmare, especially for the guy who fired the rockets too early. Wrecked the mission as well as the aircraft.

Did you ever get to talk with your friend who was on board at the time?

Tom M.

This happened before I knew him, but he talked about it later when I knew him. He's a retired AF Major and was a Flight Test Engineer.

Popeye
05-17-2018, 09:45 AM
Cool stuff, thanks for posting! 1400 ft runway requirement reduced to 350 feet - 40 ton aircraft. I do not know any of the specifics, but a basic understanding of physics suggests that is darn awesome!!

And I feel for the person who fired the rocket too early (boy is that a metaphor): given only 350 ft to land, the rockets need to fire on first bounce, not later. Assuming 100 mph landing speed (a guess, I have no clue about specifics), 350 feet is covered in just over two seconds!

DrEntropy
05-17-2018, 10:41 AM
Woulda beat JATO all to heck if the timing were better. Likely it is now possible to automate the sequences and have it work every time.

And I like the air-to-air footage of the gunship!