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RAF A400 Birdstrike Spain

Old 25th Jun 2020, 23:08
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RAF A400 Birdstrike Spain

Not sure this will buff out.


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Old 25th Jun 2020, 23:15
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Ouch .... reminds me very much of one we had in the Falklands ... doing a reccy over "Bird Island" of all places ....... this was the "temporary" repair to return to UK, whereby it went to Cambridge for several weeks !!



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Old 25th Jun 2020, 23:24
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To paraphrase a Nimrod SNCO in beam window post bird-strike on landing at Gib:-
"Crew Chief, Captain, damage report please"
Captain Crew Chief, I'm no vet, but I don't think it will fly again"
((c) R**^** F, Nimrod AEOp).
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 23:26
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Strange angle of entry or was there a duct somewhere to catch the bird, must have been a big one.
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 23:37
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
Strange angle of entry or was there a duct somewhere to catch the bird, must have been a big one.
Pitots etc?
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 23:40
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Looks like it was wearing a crash helmet!
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 00:19
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Had a quick search for a photo of the damaged area without damage and this photo appeared of damage to a Spanish example again by bird strike. They don't seem to do well against our feathered friends.

https://www.aviation24.be/military-a...goza-air-base/
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 00:19
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It must have been static when it entered
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 00:23
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Strange angle of entry or was there a duct somewhere to catch the bird, must have been a big one.
No protrusions there, just static vents. Guess the impact just punctured the skin and then peeled it back....



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Old 26th Jun 2020, 07:16
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These "plastic" budgies don't like taking hits it seems...
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 07:38
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So against hostiles you could be a sitting duck....
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 08:18
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If it was a duck, to whom do they send the bill?
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 08:24
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It was a deliberate attack, the aircraft was being Stork'd ....
 
Old 26th Jun 2020, 08:41
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They were only winged.....
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 08:51
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Was a prop feathered?
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 08:54
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Don’t the RAF have the organisation and skills to do permanent repairs to this sort of damage any more?
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 09:38
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Isn't that one out in Spain at the moment. Manufacturer's test flight ? MoD's No Claims Bonus should be unaffected unless EADS try to claim it was like that when they dropped it off

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Old 26th Jun 2020, 10:42
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Originally Posted by TBM-Legend View Post
These "plastic" budgies don't like taking hits it seems...
Nothing "plastic" about that piece of skin, very much aluminium!
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 10:45
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Originally Posted by dctyke View Post
Don’t the RAF have the organisation and skills to do permanent repairs to this sort of damage any more?
They do indeed still have the organisation and skills, 71 Inspection and Repair Sqn based at RAF Wittering are the specialists.
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 11:02
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I complement the pilot for their extreme low-flying skills. Hitting a chicken was unfortunate.
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