Interesting Airplane pictures
Not seaplanes but still airplanes
The writing says: "This is an actual Fly-by during the deployment of the Nuclear Carrier USS Stennis. The pilot was grounded for 30 days, be likes this picture and says it was worth it. Yikes!!!"
I have also seen a picture like this with a guy out on the float of a J-3 !!
To all you pilots or would be pilots!
Imagine that you are a South African bush pilot. You fly in some critical medical supplies and enjoy a quick lunch at the hospital. It's a stifling 100 degrees in the shade and you're eager to get back up to the cool, high blue yonder. On the way back to your plane, you discover that the only bit of shade within a mile has become very popular. You start calculating the distance to the plane door...... and wonder,
"Do I feel lucky today?"
This slightly scratched KC-135 was apparently caused by
improperly running a pressurization-check.
This is the quoted text that came with these pictures:
"The Iraqi jet, an advanced Russian MiG-25 Foxbat, was found
the sand after an informant tipped off U.S. troops.
The MiG was dug out of a massive sand dune near the Al
Taqqadum airfield by U.S. Air Force recovery teams. The MiG was
reportedly one of over two dozen Iraqi jets buried in the sand, like
hidden treasure, waiting to be recovered at a later date.
Contrary to what some in the major media have reported, not all
the jets found were from the Gulf War era.
The Russian-made MiG-25 Foxbat being recovered by U.S. Air
Force troops in the photos is an advanced reconnaissance version
never before seen in the West and is equipped with sophisticated
electronic warfare devices.
U.S. Air Force recovery teams had to use large earth-moving
equipment to uncover the MiG, which is over 70 feet long and
weighs nearly 25 tons.
The Foxbat is known to be one of Iraq's top jet fighters. The
advanced electronic reconnaissance version found by the U.S. Air
Force is currently in service with the Russian air force. The MiG is
capable of flying at speeds of over 2,000 miles an hour, or three
times the speed of sound, and at altitudes of over 75,000 feet.
The recovery of the advanced MiG fighter is considered to be an
intelligence coup by the U.S. Air Force.. The Foxbat may also be
equipped with advanced Russian- and French-made electronics
that were sold to Iraq during the 1990s in violation of a U..N. ban
on arms sales to Baghdad.
The buried aircraft at Al Taqqadum were covered in camouflage
netting, sealed and, in many cases, had their wings removed
before being buried more than 10 feet beneath the Iraqi desert. "
This is the quoted text that came with these pictures:
"Subject: Testimony to an A300B4 (Missile Damage to Airbus A-300 )
This is the DHL plane that was hit by a missle last week in Iraq. Amazing
it landed and no one aboard was killed!
Thought this was worth sending out to everyone. Pics and post-commentary on
the Airbus hit by MANPAD last week.
To those of you who are wondering what happened to the DHL A300B4 coming out
of Baghdad last Saturday, take a look. Aircraft was hit at 8000 FT, lost ALL
hydraulics and therefore had no flight controls, actually did a missed
approach using only engine thrust and eventually (after about 16mins) landed
heavily on runway 33L at Baghdad. This was fortunate because with no
steering the aircraft veered of the runway to the left, had they landed on
33R veering to the left would have taken them straight into the fpire
station. The aircraft then travelled about 600 metres through soft sand
taking out a razor wire fence in the process, see LH engine pic, and came to
rest almost at the bottom of the sloping area between the runway and a
taxiway. All three crew evacuated safely down the second slide, the first
one tore on the razor wire.
I flew in with a team on Tuesday in one of our Metros and some special
equipment we'd had made locally in Bahrain and some provided by Airbus.
Using a USAF D9 Caterpillar pulling a 100 pmetre cable fitted to the back
end of each bogie and a nice new aircraft pushback tug with a towbar on the
nose gear, we were able to remove the aircraft just on dusk on Tuesday night
and towed it to an Iraqi Airways graveyard on one side of the terminal. We
stayed overnight in the USAF camp on the airport and went back to the
aircraft on Wednesday morning to allow the insurance survey to be completed
and then secure the aircraft. Basically, LH engine rotates in a fashion, has
ingested lots of razor wire apnd is knackered. RH engine has seized,
probably from ingesting loads of sand at maximum reverse thrust and inlet
cowl has unacceptable lip damage, probably from hitting the razor wire fence
The No 8 axle appears to be cracked as the wheel sits at an odd angle. The
bulk of the damage is the LH wing. About 3 metres of rear spar is missing in
front of the outboard flap, the wing has bulged upwards and downwards where
the initial explosion appears to have occurred, one O/B flap track is
hanging in the bpreeze and one has a small piece of flap still attached, the
rest of the flap is nonexistent. The pics show the huge crack that has
occurred to the rear spar inboard of where the spar has burnt away, possibly
from loads on the wing during the landing process. The front spar appears to
The point of entry pics show where a projectile entered Tank 1A, which was
full of fuel, and, after it ignited, proceeded to burn away at the spar. The
fuel tank ribs in the area directly in front of the O/B flap arpe burnt
almost 50% through. The crew obviously did a fantastic job in getting the
aircraft back on to the ground and one can only assume that it was most
fortunate that they were not aware of the state of the wing as they could
not see it from the cockpit. It also says a lot for the structure of the
aircraft that it withstood the impact of the (whatever is finally determined
to have hit it).
I'm sure there will be lots of other photos and videos flying around the
net, but at least these ones are genuine. The worst part for us was the
airport was shut down on Wednesday and we had to be driven in an
armour-plated Landcruiser Troop Carrier from Baghdad to Balad, 60 miles to
the north, from where we flew back to Bahrain in our Metro again. I trust
you will all appreciate just how lucky these guys were.
DHL International Aviation, Bahrain."
Thunderbirds Near Miss (see attached jpg file)
Don't try this at home.
This one was really close. Big post-flight hose-down. Check out the speed
brakes fully deployed on the F-16 on the left!
These guys are better than this, but close calls do happen. Obviously the
timing was off in this maneuver. In a crossover, both planes try to cross
each other at the same altitude turning in different directions. The lead
plane flies a constant airspeed, and the second plane adjusts his airspeed
(relative motion) to stay as close possible without having a mid-air.
In the photo, the second plane was going too fast and pulled his speed
brakes (panels sticking out on tail) and idled his engine (decreased
contrail). He also was changing his altitude, based on the aeronautical law
that states that two planes cannot occupy the same airspace at the same
time. The altitude change was what saved his butt.
It is amazing that they didn't swap paint. However, this is why people
like air shows.
Here's some flight school dropouts!!
I almost had my excavator this stuck when I was digging the water runway!!
Not seaplanes or airplanes but still interesting!!