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Awac Refuelling Brown-trouser Moment  
User currently offlinethowman From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 363 posts, RR: 3
Posted (1 year 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6536 times:

Nasty moment while refuelling a NATO E-3. Fun starts around 24 seconds.

http://youtu.be/A4O8kaKMv_U

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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2098 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6359 times:

Holy crap! That is crazy! Glad it turned out okay, but phew!


As the top rated comment on this video states: "Dude any time a 300,000 pound aircraft separates from the tanker there are aerodynamic forces that cannot be avoided. The AWACS starts down without moving aft, when all that low pressure is acting on the horizontal stab the auto-pilot starts to trim to equalize those forces. That’s what you see. The tanker crew did everything right out of the -1 and vol. 3. Hope that helps. And by the way I was there in the boom pod yelling GO GO GO after clamly performing breakaway procedures." Mr. Philkok



Here Here for Severe Clear!
User currently offlinetxjim From United States of America, joined May 2008, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5575 times:

Video was removed by the user....  

User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2295 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5522 times:

Quoting txjim (Reply 2):
Video was removed by the user....

Maybe someone higher up in the food chain didn't like that it was getting so much attention...



KC-135 - Passing gas and taking names!
User currently offlineSSTeve From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 693 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5429 times:

Quoting moose135 (Reply 3):
Maybe someone higher up in the food chain didn't like that it was getting so much attention...

One of the comments sure seemed to reflect that.

Not a great idea to play chicken with a billion bucks of airplane.


User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 911 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5408 times:

Video has been removed by user  

User currently offlineryu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5383 times:

Alternate link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbQ9LXZwJ78&feature=related


User currently offlinechecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

Quoting SSTeve (Reply 4):
Not a great idea to play chicken with a billion bucks of airplane.

Certainly not the case in the video...and nowhere near a billion dollars of airplane going on there.


User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1828 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5086 times:

The AF throws around a $270 million figure for an AWACS. Not sure about the 135 but it's kind of hard to put a $ value on an out of production, non replaceable asset. I'm not sure how you price the crew. I think I was valued at around $127.50 when I was a grunt.


Andy Goetsch
User currently offlinewindy95 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 2707 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5082 times:

Having seen many refuelings and even some that went wrong I rather enjoyed all the youtube comments instead of the video itself. Amazing how many people who gave their    who have no clue as to what is going on.


OMG-Obama Must Go
User currently offlineSSTeve From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 693 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4950 times:

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 8):
The AF throws around a $270 million figure for an AWACS. Not sure about the 135 but it's kind of hard to put a $ value on an out of production, non replaceable asset.

I was thinking replacement value for both... which is a lot. And I of course rounded up to the nearest billion.


User currently offlinethowman From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 363 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4874 times:

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 8):
The AF throws around a $270 million figure for an AWACS.

Good job it was a NATO AWACS then!  


User currently offline135mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 411 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4803 times:
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Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 8):
The AF throws around a $270 million figure for an AWACS. Not sure about the 135 but it's kind of hard to put a $ value on an out of production, non replaceable asset. I'm not sure how you price the crew. I think I was valued at around $127.50 when I was a grunt.

Two years ago, I was informed (while still working them) that the est (replacement) value was at $53M.

135Mech


User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1811 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4268 times:

Holy that looked scary, was it as close as it looks? Might be the angle it was filmed at?

User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1882 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4151 times:

It's created a bit of a firestorm around here...basically we're all talking about it and using as a valuable lesson on what NOT to do during separation procedures.

User currently offlineKC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3213 times:

Someone should thank that boomer for keeping the boom in one piece saving us a boom change! Look at those reflexes. BTW, for the boom to disconnect and auto-retract like that, the AWACS had to have been within 6ft of the ice shield on the boom. That's pretty close to begin with, then add in that porpoise move there. Close one!

User currently offlinedkswim From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

One of my buddies was a former boom opperator, he told me a story that happened to him. He was refulling a fully loaded C-5 with a new pilot at the wheel. After conclusion of the refulling the new pilot didnt do a proper disconnect and decended, sucking the air out from under him and him riding the rollercoster in the back.

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