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USMC Mid-Air - F-35/KC-130

Old 30th Sep 2020, 03:44
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USMC Mid-Air - F-35/KC-130

USMC F-35B and USMC KC-130J both down after mid-air. Jet pilot ejected and Herc forced landed with those on-board OK. About 150nm East of San Diego.
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 04:08
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Picture here of the Herc after a forced landing in a field!
https://news.usni.org/2020/09/29/mar...covered-safely
and more pix and info from local ABC affiliate here:
https://twitter.com/KESQ?ref_src=tws...-in-california
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Glad everyone is safe
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Outer starboard prop appears to be absent on the Herc
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Yikes - only 1 engine looks to be intact.



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And is that fuel pouring out of the port wing?
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Originally Posted by dead_pan View Post
Outer starboard prop appears to be absent on the Herc
It would be interesting to know what have caused this
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Left AAR pod missing
#1 prop missing a blade, others badly damaged
#2 prop possibly damaged
#3 engine severely damaged
#4 engine severely damaged
Right external tank missing
Landing gear and flaps up
Fuel leak from left wing

Very well done to the Marine aviator who managed to pull off a successful forced landing!
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Originally Posted by TheEdge View Post
It would be interesting to know what have caused this
Possibly a 5th generation fighter...?
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Brings a new meaning to having to go and hit the tanker.

BZ to the driver, that’s impressive.
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First Impressions

When I read the first post that said ‘forced landing’ I tutted to myself and thought ‘you mean he made an emergency landing’.

It would appear I was wrong to tut. That really does look like a forced landing.

A lot of the damage may be attributable to the forced landing itself of course but either way that looks like a hell of a bit of skill and decision making to land such a badly damaged aircraft in such a location.

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Originally Posted by Bob Viking View Post
When I read the first post that said ‘forced landing’ I tutted to myself and thought ‘you mean he made an emergency landing’.

It would appear I was wrong to tut. That really does look like a forced landing.

A lot of the damage may be attributable to the forced landing itself of course but either way that looks like a hell of a bit of skill and decision making to land such a badly damaged aircraft in such a location.

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There does seem to be quite a debris field behind the left wing.
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Let the PPRuNe BoI commence!

Can a Herc fly on one Engine?
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The background scenery could well be the propellor blade removal culprits.
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Originally Posted by Tashengurt View Post
There does seem to be quite a debris field behind the left wing.
Could be the perspective of the photo. It appears that the Herc veered to the left so the debris may be from the fuselage itself.
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Originally Posted by dead_pan View Post
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Can a Herc fly on one Engine?
The answer being the same to the question posed of the RAF Anglo French pussy cat. The remaining engine will simply take you to the scene of the crash.
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I doubt that pilot will need to pay for any drinks for quite some time, great job indeed.

Does anyone know what time the accident occurred, night time refuelings between FJs and Hercs are notoriously risky, witness the 2018 crash off Japan.
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Originally Posted by dead_pan View Post
Could be the perspective of the photo. It appears that the Herc veered to the left so the debris may be from the fuselage itself.
Yes, I just meant some bits might have been knocked off in the landing rather than the collision.
From the audio it appears they'd lost engines 3&4.
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Originally Posted by Bob Viking View Post
When I read the first post that said ‘forced landing’ I tutted to myself and thought ‘you mean he made an emergency landing’.

It would appear I was wrong to tut. That really does look like a forced landing.

A lot of the damage may be attributable to the forced landing itself of course but either way that looks like a hell of a bit of skill and decision making to land such a badly damaged aircraft in such a location.

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And in line with the furrows,text book!
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More here https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...-with-an-f-35b
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