SuperHornet From United States of America, joined May 2004, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4409 times:
According to the accident investigation board report the pilot, 31-year-old Captain Chris Stricklin, misinterpreted the altitude required to complete the "Split S" maneuver. He made his calculation based on an incorrect mean-sea-level altitude of the airfield. The pilot incorrectly climbed to 1,670 feet above ground level instead of 2,500 feet before initiating the pull down to the Split S maneuver.
When he realized something was wrong, the pilot put maximum back stick pressure and rolled slightly left to ensure the aircraft would impact away from the crowd should he have to eject. He ejected when the aircraft was 140 feet above ground - just 0.8 seconds prior to impact. He sustained only minor injuries from the ejection. There was no other damage to military or civilian property.
The aircraft, valued at about $20.4 million, was destroyed.
I believe those are ground crew standing near the jets. The photo might be improved by 1st not cropping so close. The aft tip of the horizontal stab of the #6 bird is cropped off and the pitot tube of the #1 bird is cropped off. Although I am not sure that this is why the photo was rejected because I have seen much worse cropping excepted. Lastly I believe you used too much sharpening and contrast in the photo in an attempt to improve the resolution. Try starting over correcting the cropping and use USM to highlight the photo and leave the contrast cursor alone use the shadow cursor.