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KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:34 am

A USAF KC-135 landed with its refueling boom down in Columbus, OH today. It appears to be a mechanical failure. Here is a link with raw video of the landing.

http://www.nbc4i.com/midwest/cmh/new...-articles-CMH-2007-04-27-0015.html
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:56 am

I thought there was a way to hand crank it back up...??
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:26 am

You can fly it up to the stowed position, looking at the video it appears that the hoist cable failed and was stuck in that position which was hign enough not be dragged which would have been an automatic boom change. So far it looks like a new hoist hyd motor,
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Sat Apr 28, 2007 12:44 pm

I saw this Guard unit's a/c at Sun N Fun last weekend too..nice chaps.

Except for their nametags...stupid OSU logo and OSU flags all over the a/c. That kinda stuff could get you beat in FL  Wink

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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:48 am

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
I thought there was a way to hand crank it back up...??

There is, it's a hydraulic hand pump the reels the cable up. But, if the cable or drum has a problem it won't help you. There is a checklist procedure for landing with the boom in trail. It looks like they did a good job.
 
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:51 pm

It was the cable that snapped during an AR. Thats when the came back in to land. The boom did contact the ground. One of my friends knows a hydro guy at Rickenbacker and explained that to me. Tail number was 57-1469.
 
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Tue May 01, 2007 12:44 am

Anyone notice the ground effect on the boom just before touchdown? Pretty cool.
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Tue May 01, 2007 3:10 am

Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 6):
Anyone notice the ground effect on the boom just before touchdown? Pretty cool.

Was it ground effect or the boomer keeping the tail in the air?
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Tue May 01, 2007 10:37 pm

Quoting KevinSmith (Reply 7):
Was it ground effect or the boomer keeping the tail in the air?

I'll have to watch it again, but I think it was ground effect with the "boom wings". (sorry, I don't know the official designation of them)
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Sat May 05, 2007 3:20 pm

Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 8):
"boom wings"

They are called "ruddevators".
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Mon May 07, 2007 2:01 am

Seemed like a virtual non-event, didnt even see any sparks, just a quick stop.
 
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RE: KC-135 Lands With Refueling Boom Down

Thu May 10, 2007 10:58 am

Man, they were on those brakes something fierce! I've never seen a KC-135 stop so fast before.

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