We were on a CrabAir Lancaster or something last year in the States, and it fell four thousand feet in 'clear air turbulence'. We had to make an emergency landing at Nowhere, Idaho so the grease monkeys could check it out. It seems the tail plane bolts had sheared, and the entire thing nearly fell off!
In fact, I have another Crab Tall Story (as we are on to them!)
I was lucky enough to get a ride in a Tornado. We did the 'make the Pongo sick' routine for about 45 minutes, then went to meet a tanker aircraft over the North Sea. The pilot says to me "Keep an eye out, will you, it's around here somewhere". I see a vapour trail, and we went to have a look, but no, it's a civvy airliner. A few minutes later and we see another one, this time the Tristar. We flew up, 'tanked' (as they say in the parlance) and watched the fat pilot eat his horror box.
Never did find out what would have happened if we couldn't find the tanker.
when i posted the picture it was for humour purposes and to get people talking about their own experiences. If you want to see some real military aircraft "funny" pics, see the next CrabAir pics thread
Yeah - see them, and wince in shame knowing that you've copied some pics of a Yank cock-up, humour or no humour....tsk tsk.
Dont get me wrong, everyone likes a dig at the Crabs, but occasionally there are some good ones (and they've just been out to visit us out here!) and they very rarely make ****-ups...thought there was this one story with a VC10 back in the UK that was defuelled in the wrong sequence, leaving the vertical stabiliser (or fin if you prefer), full of gas. Gravity begins to take effect.....aircraft arse heavy...you get the picture. Im sure someone has someone out there will have the snaps. (must of been one hell of a ride for the techs in the cockpit at the time....." Maverick, this is Cattletruck - lets go ballistic!.....(thinking) what in this thing...waaayyyyyyyyyyyy! Fxxx Me)
Not a "crab-air" pic, but rather more "interesting". This Israeli F-15 suffered a mid-air and somehow the driver got it back on the deck.
Oh, another VC-10 defuelling story- when major servicing left Abingdon for St Athan they got a nice new hangar built just for them (Twin Peaks for those that know the area). They dutifully measured height, width, length etc. and then built the bugger.
Only problem is that the brain-trust forgot that you have to defuel the a/c when you take it to bits; and that when you defuel the a/c becomes lighter, and when the a/c gets lighter the oleos on the undercarriage extend and the a/c gets taller. Hence a full fledged sh1t-fit when their multi-million pound hanger turns out to be the wrong size!