Opso1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 527 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4415 times:
They can crawl in during servicing, especially if it is open around dawn or dusk. Even taxiing can be a problem- you need to weigh up trying to keep cooler with the canopy open, verses ingestion into the canpopy (or engine) of anything from a stone to a spider, insect, etc.
I once got a/b out of Davis-Monthan and all of these bugs just jumped up around the canopy- good job we keep insect repellant in the ejection kit...
Checksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4400 times:
Thats only one possibility for the crash. I very much doubt that claim though. Most spiders in that area seek shade all day and only come out at night. Further, they are almost never seen on a hot flightline. Of course the 'camel spider', is not a spider at all and I don't see how one could have ever made it into the cockpit.
BOACVC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 536 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4385 times:
Quoting KPDX (Reply 3): those spiders are actually very small
hi, "small" = 5 or 6 inches according to the article text and the accompanying article in National Geographic. How could they climb up the wheels and the smooth fuselage surface vertically and enter the cockpit. Might someone have intentionally put in a spider just for fun ?
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 4077 times:
the first picture in the article is a known fake (or rather not what it appears to be). The spider in it (actually if you look closely it's several of them) is sitting on the camera lens, therefore appears very much magnified.