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Old 07-23-2010, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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oh well. one more F-35 they will have to buy. poor F-18s...
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just shot this plane less than 2 months ago:



Glad to hear the pilot was okay.
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Old 07-24-2010, 03:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is very big news, seeing as this is where I currently live. The picture of the pilot ejecting just in front of the fireball is amazing, good to hear he survived. Maybe this will spur some updates at Lethbridge Airport in terms of emergency services, seeing as we don't have fire engines at the airport year-round.
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Old 07-24-2010, 03:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What happened? He kinda was like trying to climb and he just kind of classic-paper-airplaned out of the sky.
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Pretty spectacular pictures of the plane doing a faceplant into the ground. Excellent news that the pilot only had minor injuries. Sad to see a beautiful aircraft destroyed, though.
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Old 07-24-2010, 07:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The witnesses to the crash (spotters getting ready for the airshow) say the aircraft was doing low level maneuveres at 100ft above Lethbridge Airport, banked slightly left, began to stall, pieces fell off the aircraft, then the pilot ejected, with the F-18 crashing moments later. The airport was then in full, and I mean full, lockdown mode, with all commercial flights halted, all aircraft not allowed in or out, and no civilians allowed near the airport in case the crash was caused by somebody tampering with the aircraft.
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I am really glad he wasn't hurt. That would be pretty sad. Did you know that after fighter crashes these pilots feel ashamed and guilty? They shouldn't since their life is more important than an airplanes but the main reason why they get depressed is because instead of helping their countries ( which is why they join the military) they instead hurt their country because of the aircrafts destruction. I hope this guy doesn't go through all those emotions. I know of one guy who had to eject out of two phantoms because of the airplane having problems and cost his country millions of dollars through no fault of his. Right now he is a captain on a 737 for Southwest.
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I know of one guy who had to eject out of two phantoms because of the airplane having problems and cost his country millions of dollars through no fault of his.
I hope he didn't eject from two Phantoms at the same time If it wasn't his fault, he didn't cost the US anything...the aircraft failed, end of story. He's an extremely fortunate individual to survive two ejections...many pilots die or are crippled by a high-speed aircraft evacuation.
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It's a shame we won't see this Jet doing the CF-18 Demo at the Canadian Internatinal Airshow this summer. They usually send a 'Special Scheme' F-18. Last year it was a beautiful gold, blue, white and red jet painted for the Celebration of 100 years of Flight in Canada. I love our F-18s, but they only got 7 more years left with us. As for the Crash, it looks like the plane was doing a slow pass (often seen in Airshows), at the end of the slow Pass, the pilot powers up and the Jet climbs. It looks like the Plane stalled just before it should have started to climb and accelerate. That's what I think, seeing several F-18 slow passes before. But it's good to know that no one was Killed. I saw Pictures of the crash, they show the jet falling and the pilots ejecting, then the parachute with a huge fireball behind them.
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I hope he didn't eject from two Phantoms at the same time If it wasn't his fault, he didn't cost the US anything...the aircraft failed, end of story. He's an extremely fortunate individual to survive two ejections...many pilots die or are crippled by a high-speed aircraft evacuation.
It was not his fault or atleast not directly his. More a number of problems then anything else. I read it in Highest Duty
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He was doing a low speed stand on the tail maneuver when one of the engines failed. Unfortunately at that low altitude and speed, there was no chance of recovery. Pilots are taught that landings and take off are usually the most dangerous point of flight as you are making control changes and that is when you are most likely to see a control/mechanical failure.

With airshow pilots, this is a constant threat and they must really be on their toes for anything that goes wrong. The pilot did a good job of keeping away from those on the ground and getting out as he did. You can see in the crash pictures the one engine that failed. Upon crashing the turbine still spinning emitted the flame of debris as it went in, while the dead engine was not putting out anything on impact.

I do not expect the pilot will suffer any issues in the review, it had nothing to do with pilot error and he was lucky to get away as unscathed as he did.
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The pilot was more than lucky, he was blessed! Praises to the Almighty!!
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Pilot Bews is a lucky man Wish it was possible for passengers on commercial aircraft to have an eject option. It would be extremely complicated, but hopefully some day~
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