Pilothighflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 220 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2284 times:
Me, my instructor and one of my good friends had decided to go for a joy ride in a C-172 skyhawk to try out my friends new headset (Sennheiser HMEC 400, Nice headset, but not as nice as my Bose ). We flew from Oxford Airport (OXC) up to Bradley International (BDL) for a touch and go. We were flying back home after a sweet landing when all of a sudden our pleasant conversation went silent with very loud thud against the left side of the aircraft. We did a quick check of the engine instruments and than made sure the wings and landing gear were still connected to the airplane. After deciding that they were we headed back to Oxford (About 20 miles away.)
After a successful and uneventful landing we got out and found that the inner 10% of the left wing was covered in blood and that some nasty pieces of meat were sticking out of the wing/fuselage connection, between the plastic and metal.
So being interested we decided to pull the chucks out to see if we could indent the object we struck. After the first chucks we found the evidence needed to identify the animal. We pulled a rather large bat head out of the plane, the head was compacted by the impact, but still it was recognizable as a bat head.
We were at about 2500ft, (1800ft AGL) when this happened at about 8:30pm and to the North East of OXC
Has anyone else every hit a bat?, Is this a common occurrence?
I know birds are reasonably common, but a freaking Bat!
For those not familiar with these airports, Both are in Connecticut, USA
Goodbye From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 913 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
That reminds me of this joke:
These two bats were out flying around looking for food, they went everywhere, but coldnt find anything, so they decided to go home. Late at night one of the bats decided he was too hungry to not eat, so he went out. When he was coming back home, the other bat was awake. He asked the one just flying in "Your face is covered in blood! Where did you find it!" "Come with me and I'll show you" said the other bat. "You see that tree over there?" "Yes" "Well I didn't!"
Jetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1991 times:
About four years ago I was departing Meacham Field in Fort Worth, Texas. It was an evening departure and we were deadheading to Houston to pick up some passengers. Just prior to V1 something darted out in front of us and we hit it. We aborted the takeoff and taxied back to the ramp. The tower controller had someone take a truck out on the runway to see if they could find out what we had struck. They found a 200+ pound ferral pig lying dead right on the runway center line! We were extremely lucky, an animal that size, If we had hit it dead on, would have easily taken out our nose or main gear. As it was, he was hit by our nosewheel chine and we suffered no other damage. I spoke with the tower controller and he mentioned that he had to fill out a special form for the FAA. He asked me to wait while he looked for it, but he couldn't find one so he simply took a "Bird Strike Report" and crossed out the word "Bird" and wrote "Pig". I guess that I'm the only person to have ever filed an FAA Pig Strike Report. The linemen at the airport later said that the BBQ was pretty good!
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1842 times:
Firstly a Ref: to aforementioned vehicular deer strikes in Michigan (and I think I might have posted this in another thread); there are approx 60,000 (that is, thousand) deer/vehicle crashes reported per year in the state of Michigan.
Back to bats; my close friend (who is a practicing veternarian) estimates that he impacted about ten to twenty bats in his AT6B some years ago (in the same occurrence). Rare, but not undocumented. Wasn't it a bunch of bats that flew into the Empire State Building years ago (just before or after the B25 flew into it?).
We sucked up a small corn snake that nobody noticed whilst running up an engine last year. Not an often occurrence, but, like I say, not undocumented...Jack
Expratt From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1783 times:
I saw a US Navy F14 in the pattern at NAS Cubi Point take a fruit bat down the right engine. It was migration season and the sky had actually darkened because there were so many of the large fruit bats. Those things are big. Looking at the engine after the airplane landed, could see that the bat had impacted the engine just to the left of center on the bullet shearing that off that also broke off the N1 tach generator spur gear. The spur gear end did extensive damage through the fan and low pressure compressor. We were able to identify that it was a fruit bat that went through the engine from the bat's foot that we found up in the variable ramps.