|Quoting AirRyan (Reply 2):|
I don't understand why they ejected after takeoff? The tire blew so they ejected? Did it prohibit their rotation or did they get off the ground otherwise with just a blown out tire and open rim? You would have thought that as long as you could get the gear up you could still do the mission and worry about the tire later.
|Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 6):|
First of all, one word... Concorde. Second of all, a blown tire can have serious consequences. Shreds and debris ripping into the fuselage and tearing up all kinds of systems. And you dont raise a blown tire, it's no longer the same dimensions as the well was designed. Strips of tire still left on could latch onto something and then rip it out when they are lowered again. Then of course a fully fueled and armed fighter takes up a SHIT load of runway and if a tire blows out (IF you can even maintain control) your running out of runway faster than you can afford. So anything other than ejecting would have probably meant certain death for the crew.
|Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 11):|
There was an interview at an unnamed base, when F16 343 took off.
|Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 14):|
I checked the latest news, the number was 341.