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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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Looks like a very lucky Herc crew.

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The Hercules was a recent visitor to Mildenhall. Looking at pictures from the front on it looks like 3 engines were taken out. Air Force cross for the C-130 pilot I hope.
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iainpeden wrote:
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 8:52 am
The Hercules was a recent visitor to Mildenhall. Looking at pictures from the front on it looks like 3 engines were taken out. Air Force cross for the C-130 pilot I hope.
Looking at that pic I think the damage on the right may just be the result of the collision (as apparently said in the comms recorded); the damage on the left wing (and the AAR pod in the field) caused by the forced landing.

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iainpeden wrote:
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 8:52 am
The Hercules was a recent visitor to Mildenhall. Looking at pictures from the front on it looks like 3 engines were taken out. Air Force cross for the C-130 pilot I hope.
Listening to the ATC recording, they said they had lost number 3 & 4 in the original emergency call.

Given how far they nursed this thing and dumped it on the ground so successfully, the crew will be buying beers for the flight crew for many a year to come.....and yes, I'll be surprised if the pilots don't get a gong for that feat.

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Actually “lost” them.

Looks like a fine piece of airmanship. At the same time the “how” it even had to do that will be intriguing.

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iainpeden wrote:
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 8:52 am
The Hercules was a recent visitor to Mildenhall. Looking at pictures from the front on it looks like 3 engines were taken out. Air Force cross for the C-130 pilot I hope.
In my opinion I think it will be a Navy Cross, unless the pilot was seconded from the USAF, good work all the same to get the aircraft down in one piece.

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Without wishing to speculate and great everyone got down safely one way or another, which is the most important thing.

But before we all give the Herc pilot a medal, perhaps the authorities can clear him/her of not having caused the incident in the first place?
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capercaillie wrote:
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 10:39 am
Without wishing to speculate and great everyone got down safely one way or another, which is the most important thing.

But before we all give the Herc pilot a medal, perhaps the authorities can clear him/her of not having caused the incident in the first place?
History and physics and self-preservation (not since the 80s have we seen large tankers with ejector seats!) dictate it’s quite difficult to fly a tanker into a receiver, but you have a point to an extent.

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GertrudetheMerciless wrote:
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 10:46 am
capercaillie wrote:
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 10:39 am
Without wishing to speculate and great everyone got down safely one way or another, which is the most important thing.

But before we all give the Herc pilot a medal, perhaps the authorities can clear him/her of not having caused the incident in the first place?
History and physics and self-preservation (not since the 80s have we seen large tankers with ejector seats!) dictate it’s quite difficult to fly a tanker into a receiver, but you have a point to an extent.
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Domvickery wrote:
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 7:01 pm
That guy (and the photographer) don't seem to have a very strong sense of self-preservation! They can't possibly know that there won't be a huge explosion :boom:

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I remember an F-16 running off the end of the runway into the mud at Oshkosh one year, and sitting there with its tail in the air and smoke pouring out. I decided it was time to be somewhere else, as I headed away from it I was faced with a wall of people running TOWARDS the crash

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Blackbird wrote:
Thu 01 Oct 2020, 6:47 am
Domvickery wrote:
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 7:01 pm
That guy (and the photographer) don't seem to have a very strong sense of self-preservation! They can't possibly know that there won't be a huge explosion :boom:

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Blackbird wrote:
Thu 01 Oct 2020, 6:47 am
That guy (and the photographer) don't seem to have a very strong sense of self-preservation! They can't possibly know that there won't be a huge explosion :boom:

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And being at a random spot out in the middle of a desert they couldn't have possibly known the pilot had ejected and it was going to crash right in front of them. Or did they :scream:
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Pen Pusher wrote:
Thu 01 Oct 2020, 4:50 pm
Blackbird wrote:
Thu 01 Oct 2020, 6:47 am
That guy (and the photographer) don't seem to have a very strong sense of self-preservation! They can't possibly know that there won't be a huge explosion :boom:

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And being at a random spot out in the middle of a desert they couldn't have possibly known the pilot had ejected and it was going to crash right in front of them. Or did they :scream:
Probably out mucking about off-roading or such like and saw it and thought they were going to get a low level flyby rather than it spear into the ground in front of them.........unless they had seen/heard the mid-air above them, and/or the F-35 pilot banging out?

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Pen Pusher wrote:
Thu 01 Oct 2020, 4:50 pm
Blackbird wrote:
Thu 01 Oct 2020, 6:47 am
That guy (and the photographer) don't seem to have a very strong sense of self-preservation! They can't possibly know that there won't be a huge explosion :boom:

Andy
And being at a random spot out in the middle of a desert they couldn't have possibly known the pilot had ejected and it was going to crash right in front of them. Or did they :scream:
They don't sound Russian on the clip... :ghost: :ninja:
With just the slightest bit of finesse, I might have made a little less mess.

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