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Luftwaffe Tornado NLG Collapses In Afghanistan

Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:07 pm

When 2 Luftwaffe Tornados returned from a recce mission to Mazar-i Sharif, on one of the jets, the nose landing gear collapsed. The aircraft then partly "landed" on its recce pod. Nobody was hurt.

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RE: Luftwaffe Tornado NLG Collapses In Afghanistan

Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:07 am

one more reason to order new jets...
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RE: Luftwaffe Tornado NLG Collapses In Afghanistan

Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:29 am

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
one more reason to order new jets...

 redflag  Bovine manure.

What has an incident like this to do with ordering new aircraft?
It could have had all kinds of reasons, and they usually get fixed quite fast. The Tornado is a proven aircraft, same as the F-4, which both have passed the teething problems stage. A new aircraft would just have new problems.

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RE: Luftwaffe Tornado NLG Collapses In Afghanistan

Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:26 am

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
one more reason to order new jets...

More like spend more money on maintenance and training. I don't know by what this incident was caused. But the poor funding of the Luftwaffe (the Bundeswehr in general) is no secret.

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RE: Luftwaffe Tornado NLG Collapses In Afghanistan

Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:06 am

It seems the runway was/is in a very bad condition. Have a look at it here:

http://maps.google.com/maps?spn=0.03...&hl=en&ll=36.706914,67.209678&fc=1

But maybe this picture isn't very recent.

In the meantime, the Luftwaffe has suspended all flights from there. The officials stated the following reason: A heavy transport aircraft has damaged the runway (after the incident happened).
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RE: Luftwaffe Tornado NLG Collapses In Afghanistan

Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:41 am

Quoting A342 (Reply 4):
It seems the runway was/is in a very bad condition.

If the runway has potholes, then maybe they'll need to send a company of Army engineers in with bulldozers, graders and concrete mixers to repair the runway.

Jan
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