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Thunderbird F-16 Cockpit FOD

Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:21 am

I noticed in some of my shots of a Thunderbird performance at the '07 Andrews show that #5 had checklists or some other charts, papers, etc., unsecured in the cockpit. Seems potentially dangerous and especially surprising for a T-Bird sortie because (I would assume that) every preflight and demo is so scripted.
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RE: Thunderbird F-16 Cockpit FOD

Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:00 am

That's a great catch on that shot - not something you see every day. As to how it happened? Well, sometimes stuff just happens...

I remember one of the first times I did spin training in the T-37 - I pushed the stick forward to break the stall, and the map case between the seats popped open, and various approach plates and nav charts bounced off the canopy and into our laps. Just when I was thinking "I'm going to get chewed out for that", the IP said "Damn, I know I checked that!"

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RE: Thunderbird F-16 Cockpit FOD

Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:11 pm

Wow good catch, that must have made his day.....
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RE: Thunderbird F-16 Cockpit FOD

Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:58 am

Well from what I've heard it's not all that uncommon. I've had ROTC friends who do their rides in F-16's and have all kinds of stuff hit the canopy when they went inverted. But any other fighter pilots out there can probably add more to that. Plus whenever I was flying in training or right now in the Dash-8, there is so much crap loose in the cockpit. You just dont worry about securing it.
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RE: Thunderbird F-16 Cockpit FOD

Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:00 am

Yeah, stuff happens, I guess.

Found that on youtube.

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RE: Thunderbird F-16 Cockpit FOD

Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:29 am

There is some neat T-Bird cockpit video on U-Tube. I think it was the 50th tour in 97. Pulling - g's #5 has a pen that just floats up in front of him. He grabs it and sticks it in something below.
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RE: Thunderbird F-16 Cockpit FOD

Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:48 am

That youtube video clip is from the year 2000 and it's Thunderbird #5, Major Dean Wright (hence the call sign "Wilbur" as in one of the Wright Brothers). Notice he shoots a bird to Thunderbird #6, Major Kevin Mastin after Mastin, being only a few feet away, sees all of the crap in Major Wrights canopy. Good stuff. By the way, Major Wright as of a year ago was at Holloman Air Force Base flying F-117A's.

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