Old 20th Mar 2016, 06:16
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On a flight from KPSM to RAF Mildenhall one cold wintry morning in a KC-135, I was asked to make a water injection takeoff to make sure the system was functional. OAT was somewhere around 25 F and we were light. Runway was covered with packed snow and ice.

A static takeoff was made but when the thrust increased rapidly as the engines took water, the nose rose to such a degree, even with full down elevator, that I had almost no nose wheel steering authority.

Fortunately, I had just enough rudder control to keep us going straight but, in retrospect, I should have immediately pulled back the throttles and aborted the takeoff.

Stupid things you do when you're young and inexperienced...

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