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#1 Dawes

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 1735 PM

Looks like an F-35B crashed today in South Carolina. First crash in the history of the aircraft, so I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.


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Posted 28 September 2018 - 1741 PM

Is said that the pilot ejected safely. Cause may still not necessarily be a result of the plane design.
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Posted 28 September 2018 - 1805 PM

Statistically the F-35 has still had less class A incidents and fatalities than the F-15/16/14/AV-8B at this stage of its development.


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Posted 28 September 2018 - 1850 PM

I think it's still zero fatalities to this point.


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Posted 28 September 2018 - 1905 PM

It is, which is a I think must be a record.


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Posted 28 September 2018 - 1925 PM

Yet more proof it's a dog... :P

Seriously, as more green pilots get into the plane, crashes will increase.  The AV-8A initially had a remarkably low accident rate as well, because of the highly experienced pilots flying it.  When first-tour pilots got into them (against recommendation), the accident rate soared.


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#7 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 29 September 2018 - 0313 AM

I was actually reading an account the other day of an RAF pilot flying a Harrier GR1 (pretty much identical to an AV8A) and he had an engine failure. He managed to dead stick it in from 30000 feet. I think the stall speed was reckoned to be about 215 knots.

 

I bet nobody ever tried THAT again.....


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Posted 29 September 2018 - 0450 AM

Dead stick Harrier landing? Wow.
I would have expected such an attempt resulting to 'dead stick'...
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Posted 29 September 2018 - 0728 AM

The hydraulics depended on him keeping the speed up . I think he only just got away with it though.


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Posted 29 September 2018 - 2116 PM

There's a story of an F-104 landing dead-stick.  Keep cool, fly the numbers and it can be done--a long enough runway will be helpful as well.  It would be similar to landing the space shuttle.


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Posted 29 September 2018 - 2120 PM

Or any of the lifting body aircraft. Or the X-15.


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Posted 29 September 2018 - 2314 PM

And if the lifting body's landing is a bit rough, you can be on the opening credits of The Six Million Dollar Man.
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