Actually, E1skeptic you have seen the crash a number of times. It’s the famous passanger plane slamming into the ground and blowing up film that gets shown in comedy films while the hero is flying on a passanger plane. The reality of the crash is as follows; The Govt wanted to test a new anti-misting agent to be added to commercial airline fuels (JP6? I can’t recall which is used.) For the final test it was decided to purposefully crash a plane and see if it caught fire, or if the anti-misting agent worked. In order to make sure that the fuel tanks rutptured, the testers placed steel rods spaced evenly along the ‘landing’ zone, these rods would rip into the wings and open the tanks. The problem was that the planes approach was off by a bit, and one of the rods cut into the planes engine, which promptly exploded, which caused the chain reaction of the entire plane going up. A fairly embarrassing accident in the test.
Note to people not familiar with jet fuel, it has a pretty high ignition point unless heavily mixed with air, ie. in a Mist. Old trick played on newbies learning aircraft, drop a lit match in a bucket of said fuel, match goes out, nothing else.
I believe that the F-18 can be landed remotely from the ground in an emergency, I know that when it takes off, the computer handles most of the controls for the first few seconds after the cat-shot. (ie, has the plane angle correctly, begin the outturn at the right point, ect.) I’ll ask my brother next time I call him, he is an S-3B Viking pilot, and is in training for LSO duties, so he should know.
>>while contemplating the navel of the universe, I wondered, is it an innie or outie?<<
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