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F-22 Raptor? $135M......

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by cbbr, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Can of WD-40 for hinges? $4. Chainsawing the trapped pilot out in front of photographers: Priceless.:D


    Look here.
     
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    WOW:eek1: :eek1: :eek1: what a mess


    Our squadron is flying with the F-22's during our next det. Looking forward to checking them out.
     
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    Nice, technology at work.
     
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    Sucked for the Pilot!
    Looks like they towed him into a hanger, out of the sun, if he wasn't already in the shade! :p:


    When we first got our A-10's, we quickly learned that if you switched off the battery from the ground, the guy/girl working in the cockpit would be trapped if they had lowered the canopy. If you reached behind ya on one side, there was a lever to disengage the lock, on the other side was a lever that blows the canopy off. The one time I was locked in, I radioed my expediter to come switch on the battery, I figured I'd get the wrong lever and blow it off! :doah:
     
  5. jarheadk5

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    Been hearing about this for a few days now on an aviation board I frequent.
    There's a lot more to the story than WD-40 could ever fix. Besides, there's FAR better stuff for aircraft than WD-40...
     
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    Did you see the jackass comment about how cockpit designs should be more like those WWII British aircraft? And he's supposed to be an industry insider:rolleyes:
     
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    Question: Why does it take so many guys in space suits to cut through an aircraft canopy? :dunno:
     
  8. jarheadk5

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    Yeah... with small panels to look through, and lots of framework to obstruct your vision. Then in 5 years Congress will have kittens because pilots are having mid-airs during ACM in the expensive new toy, and the CFIT rate goes through the roof...:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :angry1:



    Because the ejection seat the pilot is strapped into (less than a foot from that saw) has a goodly amount of rocket fuel, explosives, and high-pressure oxygen in it. Plus the aircraft had a full fuel load on board, since he was preparing to go flying. Plus the aircraft is expensive & sensitive, so the crash-crew boss is kinda expected to be there to lend his experience and caution to the task. Plus fighter canopies aren't exactly lightweight, so they're gonna need a few extra bodies to move it.

    Bottom line - it's a $135 million asset, with a living person less than a foot in all directions from the canopy they need to cut through. You don't send Billy Bob and Junior out with the chainsaw to go a-cuttin' on a job like that.
     
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    They did a good job of minimizing damage to the aircraft although those minor repairs will cost a couple million. That is one expensive canopy due to its design.
     

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