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Interesting bird strike photo:
About 1960 or 61 between Baltimore and Washington, DC, an estimated 15 pound Swan brought down an airliner (don't remember the model) from 6,000 feet .
I flew around the crash site at a few hundred feet. If you didn't know it had been a plane, you couldn't tell what it was.
They said the bird hit the stabilizer.
We had a couple pilots killed when birds took out the control rods.
Of course, there's always the occassional runway incursion....
At least the bird had not forgotten to lower his landing gear.:)
That was a Navy/Marine T-44 (aka Kingair) trainer stationed at Corpus Christi NAS. I don't know when that bird strike was but I'll call up a couple of my friends who are flying those T-44's right now and see if it was recent. There are always bird strikes down there at Corpus NAS because of the high volume of training planes and location right next to the ocean. My last squadron had a major bird strike on a T-34C right before I left. Hit the right wings leading edge and put a nice 14 inch or so hole in it. I was checking out a plane from aircraft issue to go on a solo and I asked about that bird strike and the guy pulls out a dead seagull in a plastic bag. Lol, I don't know why he still had that thing laying around after a couple of days. I almost hit three of those birds from the picture above on one flight down there. Had to do about a 60 AOB turn to miss them, and I ended up missing them by about 50 ft. My instructor in the rear was said something to the effects of, "what the hell did you do that for." All I said back was, "birds." Told me good job and we kept on flying.
No, not recent -- sometime in 2002, maybe earlier. Here's another perspective on the damage:
Yes, the birds are always bad in the PNS area. I actually had an aggressive hawk make a gun run on me! Ever been over to Dauphin Island? MAJOR birds there! When you land and taxi, you hear popping and crunching under your tires -- from the hermit crab shells left by the seagulls as they've used the payment to crack open the shells and eaten the poor little buggers...
I had 5 bird strikes in a Bell 206L my first year flying out of Galveston. Lucky none of them took out a control rod.
One of the pilots had a buzzard come through the windshield of a 206. The pilot and buzzard were both still alive and pissed and the fight was on.;f
Kinda like this, huh? Don't you know these guys had a bad day...
There's bad days..... and then there are pilots who should have better sense....
I'd love to see a photo taken just a couple of seconds later...
ATL Peach Girl
Just damn!!!!!!!! Flyandscuba??? what kind of bird is that?? a Goose??? It looks like the pilot was able to return safely........;P ;P ;P
not a goose, feet aren't webbed, b'sides I think a goose would do more damage
Check this one out:
Hit at 12,000ft. The plane was probably doing 320kts or so in the climb..
One landed in the cockpit.. AFTER going through the radar, the pressure bulkhead, the instruments and nearly hitting the captain!
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