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HUD footage of an F15 pilot with a fire in the right engine. The pilot shuts down the engine, but the fire continues, so he has to make an emergency landing at Whiteman AFB. He touches down at high speed and can't get it stopped before he has to eject toward the end of the runway, at which point, he's still rolling at 150 knots. The pilot is very professional in handling this emergency.  You hear the "bingo" fuel alarm after he punches out of the jet and instrumentation is still working during the ensuing crash.

 
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Just had my daughter come in and watch that. She has been bugging me about joining the Air Force so she can fly a fighter. Cool I would encourage her if I believed she had a real solid chance at it. But as much as I hate to think it, she wouldn't be disciplined enough to get there. But the video gave her a perspective that she hadn't considered. Even in flight training things can go wrong. When she could hear the pilots breathing, I could see her realizing that this could be the end for him (I didn't tell her the out come). I'm curious to know what she will come up with the next time she asks me about joining. 

                           
He really did well to go as far as he did without losing part of that wing. I guess those fighters have heavier frame structure than I had considered.
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If fuel  keeps getting pricier-- some cuts are gonna have to be made , but this is going too far.
 
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Cool video -- he stayed with it as long as he could - very last second eject
 


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My hands are still sweating.  Cool footage.
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 I wonder why he was unable to stop the craft.  He had the full length of the runway...
 Did he escape uninjured?  I've heard that ejecting is a very dangerous procedure in itself, and I believe it.
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Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 I wonder why he was unable to stop the craft.  He had the full length of the runway...
 Did he escape uninjured?  I've heard that ejecting is a very dangerous procedure in itself, and I believe it.
 
Look at the airspeed indicator as he was landing.  He had to land immediately and his airspeed was still about 100 knots too fast when he touched down.  Evidently, he wasn't able to bleed off enough speed by flaring and with flaps and "boards" extended, so that he didn't have enough runway to slow it down.  Didn't hear any details on whether or not he was injured.  Ejecting can be very dangerous, but of course is always preferable to the alternative if a crash is imminent.
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That brings the pucker factor up a few notches. I wonder if they had to extract the naugahide from when his rear end was chewing on the seat?
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Guess that's where all the training pays off.  That guy sounded pretty cool & professional right to the end - thay would have had to hose the crap off me if I was in the seat.
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