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#541 Panzermann

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 0407 AM

Yeah the Leopard 2 naming gets into M1 A2 SEPv3 or T-55AM2PB territory.  :wacko: Just call it A7 and be done with it. 

 

 

 

FM Heiko Maas was getting on the way to NCY to chair the UNSC but the plane broke down. Again! This time on the runway in NYC but he still didn't make it :)

 

Most of those incidents have been mundane, if embarrassing due to the high visibility and the (at least perceived, due to corresponding media coverage) frequency; the most serious so far has been the electrical failure on Angela Merkel's flight to Argentina. However, the latest instance appears to have been positively life-threatening, fortunately occurring on a check flight of a Global 5000 after industry maintenance, with just the crew aboard.

 

Soon after take-off, they experienced uncontrolled rolling and a stall, and returned to Berlin-Schönefeld immediately. The problem reappeared during approach at just 1,000 feet, when the aircraft started rolling hard right without command. It missed the runway, touched down on the ramp and skid across multiple taxiways and grass areas, striking the ground with both wings in the process and ending up on another runway. They were damn lucky that nothing was in their way.

 

youtube.com/watch?v=fxSolVlJtyE

 

As it is, the aircraft suffered considerable structural damage, including on the undercarriage; the fuselage may have been warped, too. The crew was medically checked out, but no major injuries were reported. It is suspected that the spoilers were set wrong during maintenance. Shades of the Tiger crash in Mali where the same happened with the cyclic main rotor steering.

 

 

The test flight did what it was supposed to do. And it is most probably Bombardier's fault, that the bird did not fly anymore. they had for repair and overhaul after all. Although inconvenient it is not the Bundeswehr's fault. If the fuselage is warped, does bombardier have to deliver a new plane? The bird is only a few years old. Does the warranty still cover this?


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Posted 25 April 2019 - 0725 AM

This event interests me, if only for the sense of relief that I am no longer involved in Sentinel safety management.

The cost of the lost airframe might fall on the Maintainer organisation. Depends on how the contracts were arranged, I suspect. Does the German government tend to self-insure?
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Posted 26 April 2019 - 1225 PM

I'm not sure on the insurance questions, but the Luftwaffe's VIP transport fleet is maintained by various divisions of Lufthansa Technik; the Airbus types are generally former Lufthansa planes anyway, of course. The Globals are the responsibility of Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services, a joint venture established in 1997. At this point the Bundeswehr's General, Flight Safety is investigating whether there are systemic problems, and has seized various LBAS maintenance documents.

 

Lufthansa Technik had also recently swapped the undercarriage of the A 340 where the anti-skid system blocked up upon landing in New York, causing the delay for Foreign Minister Heiko Maas mentioned in Markus' post above, and failed to document the change in the communications system that contributed to the electrical failure during Angela Merkel's flight to Argentina. In the present case, it appears a torque tube assembly was inserted the wrong way upon replacement, causing the spoilerons to act in reverse to the ailerons.

 

There are reports that the crew was relegated to using differential thrust for keeping directional stability (badly) during terminal approach, and the wings did in fact clip an airfield sign. Needless to say, recent events are a PR disaster for Lufthansa Technik, which among other things is a major outfitter for super business jets (though the Luftwaffe points out that despite the highly-publicized string of mishaps, availability of their VIP fleet is actually 98 percent).

 

 


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Posted 15 June 2019 - 0417 AM

Testing the minigun, appropriately designated MG 6 in the Bundeswehr, on the H 145 of Luftwaffe Helicopter Wing 64 for the SF support role.

 


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 0622 AM

First minigun of the Bundeswehr? Under the US name M134 it has been in use for years in small numbers. But nice brrrrrt video nonetheless.


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