Stoney From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 199 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2839 times:
Wouldn't it be kind of hard for the fighters to fly slow enough side by side with this GA-Aircraft? (At least it must have been a great sight for the pilot )
But anyways, I find it kind of strange. Normally our F/A-18's operate in pairs of 2 or as a group of 4. (btw. right now there are only about 14 F/A-18 left operating here (some are in Norway right now), so I think it's pretty unlikely to have 3 fighters looking after just 1 GA-plane)
Greetz and good night (and if there are photos I'd want to see them )
BAZL - Bundesamt gegen Zivilluftfahrt - royally screwing around with swiss aviation
Corey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2530 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
Anyone see the episode of the Simpsons where Sideshow Bob steals the Wright Flyer from an airshow? They have a couple Air Force jets to intercept but they just blow right by.... "Speed insufficient for intercept, suggest we get out and walk"... Then you see the pilots in full gear walking next to the plane trying to grab it
UnattendedBag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 4): slow flight no problem even at single engine aircraft speeds.
Actually slow flight like that is a problem for extended periods of time, especially when they need to turn. I saw 2 f-15s escort a single engine prop out by Cape Canaveral the day of the shuttle launch a few years ago. One f-15 will come in behind the aircraft while the other circles around. When the first f-15 gets close enough to the aircraft, he will peel away and the second will turn to follow the aircraft. They will contune this until the aircraft is on the ground.
Quote: As soon as ATC lost contact with the airplane, they asked the Swiss Air Force to escort the plane with military jets. The aircraft was flying to the south on top of the clouds, and was escorted by the jets all the way to Locarno, where it landed safely
It's still not clear why ATC asked the FA-18's to escort the Seneca. Had it busted some airspace (e.g. ZRH TMA) it would say so in the preliminary report, so that wasn't the case.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14441 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2355 times:
A few months ago a N registered Piper Chieftain flying from Eindhoven, Netherlands, to Geneva, Switzerland, lost all electric systems over the clouds. Practically all of Europe was covered in clouds and the pilots, with only a handheld VHF radio and a handheld GPS for a backup realised that they didn't have a chance to descend blindly through the overcast in the hilly terrain below. They sent out a Mayday call through their handheld radio, which was answered by an A-10 from Sprangdahlen AB in the Eifel region of Germany, close to the Belgian border. The Warthog escorted the Piper through the clouds (CAT 3B conditions) to HHN to make an emergency landing.
I know the whole story, since I fixed the plane temporarely, so that the pilots could fly next day to Bern, Switzerland, (in much better weather conditions) to get a permanent repair done (the reason was a broken wire at one generator overvoltage controller, which, moving around by vibrations, shortcircuited the whohle electric system and inoped both generator. After 20 minutes in this condition the aircraft battery went dead and U/S through deep discharge. I fixed the wire and installed a new battery and at least go one generator working again, working under my FAA A&P licence (Normally I work on big jets).
727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2352 times:
Why is this hard to understand? The Air Force jets were responding to an emergency, not a security threat. The Seneca, with no electrical power, would have no way of navigating or communicating in the IFR conditions it seems to have been in. Sorry, never been there, but isnt Switzerland very mountaninous? Seems to me if left to his own devices the pilot may have tried to descend through the clouds and right smack into terrain! Military pilots have training that would enable them to safely guide this poor fellow home, and they can respond with the speed necessary to rendezvous with an airplane in trouble before the airplane REALLY gets into trouble.
AmericanAirFan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 409 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2317 times:
Quoting Stoney (Reply 1): Wouldn't it be kind of hard for the fighters to fly slow enough side by side with this GA-Aircraft? (At least it must have been a great sight for the pilot Wink)
I once went to an airshow at GTU and there was an old WWI Biplane flying along side with an F-16 the anouncer said the Biplane was going as fast as he could while the F-16 was going as slow as he could. it was a nice fly by very interesting to watch.
"American 1881 Cleared For Takeoff One Seven Left"