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Extreme training.....

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Zathrus, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. Zathrus

    Zathrus Vindicator Member

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    The video below is inside an F-16 training aircraft which has a second seat behind the pilot for an instructor.
    As this F-16 takes off and begins to climb, it ingests a large bird at the about the worst possible time... below 1000 feet right after takeoff.

    The instructor starts flying the plane and tells the student to focus in restarting the engine... which ofc is not going to restart... so they punch out.

    I thought it interesting how fast it went from slow turn while restarting engine... to EJECT! EJECT! and hitting the ground. This was a fairly intense learning experience for the student... and an intense day for the instructor.

    These pilots had significant time to make their decision, I watched an F-15 in full after burner and fully supersonic lose the right engine to a backfire in the afterburner, the pilot ejected safely. Review of the on board computer showed the pilot had 2.5 seconds between the engine failure... and an uncontrolled tumble from the sudden severe yaw to the right resulting from loss of thrust in that engine. If he had waited until it started tumbling, the G forces would have made it unlikely he could have ejected. So many times, they have to make a nearly instant decision on whether to leave the aircraft or not.

    both these pilots survived unscathed.
     
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    Sylak Vindicator Member

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    What is cool is that they take time to aim the plane toward empty field before ejecting.
     
  3. Zathrus

    Zathrus Vindicator Member

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    Always... this is pounded even into civilian pilots heads... but especially military pilots; When the plane becomes disabled in some manner, IF he has any control at all, the pilot is responsible and expected to aim the aircraft away from population centers. In some cases this is impossible, but usually there is a window for the pilot to ensure his aircraft is less likely to hit someone or something on the ground.
     

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