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Stopping a runaway golf cart from hitting a plane at OHare.
Authorities identify 3 Indiana men killed in Michigan plane crash
The group was from my county and several were known to me. A friend of mine was close with two of those killed.
My mood tonight, this to one of my favourite lady's. I've sung this song many times.
US Navy's 'Doomsday' plane taken out by a bird - Unexplained Mysteries
An aircraft designed to survive a nuclear apocalypse recently suffered a rather unfortunate mishap.
Designed to function as a mobile command-and-control center for US forces in the event of a nuclear war, the Boeing E-6 Mercury is equipped with systems that can withstand the electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear warhead exploding directly below it.
Sadly though, it's defensive capabilities against threats of an avian variety leave a lot to be desired.
In what has been officially described as a "Class A mishap", an E-6B Mercury was forced to make an emergency landing on October 2nd after a collision with a bird took out one of its engines.
The incident, which occurred near the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, caused over $2 million worth of damage.
"The engine has been replaced, and the aircraft has been returned to service," said Tim Boulay, a spokesman for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.
While bird strikes are not uncommon, the fact that an aircraft designed to survive a nuclear war can be brought down so easily by one is not exactly encouraging.
This isn't the first 'mishap' to befall the E-6B Mercury in recent months either - back in February a separate aircraft sustained damage after snagging a hangar at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Let's hope there won't actually be any need for a doomsday-proof plane anytime soon.
1995 Alaska Boeing E-3 Sentry accident - Wikipedia
Birds can be extremely dangerous. Back in 1995 the USAF lost an E-3 AWACS, an aircraft based on the same 707 airframe as the E-6 in the story above, on take-off in Alaska after flying through a flock of birds. All twenty-four aboard were killed.
I can't remember if I posted this before. I had Christie's verify that it is genuine as there are fake copies around.
Very nice! And it's yours?
Yes, it sits on my mantelpiece
Very cool, especially considering Apollo 13 and the coins almost didn't make it back.
Somewhere I have a small US flag that was flown on the first B-2 flight, and a certificate carried on the first flight of the JSF. I gave away most of that kind of stuff when I retired, but I think I still have those.
Air Force’s mysterious X-37B space plane lands after spending 780 days in orbit