[quote=airportugal310,reply=9]but geezer, the comments are all tongue in cheek...I know you know that!
I know, I know, I know........just kidding!
I didn't think about this "bird strike" until this evening..................
This happened probably 30 yrs ago.............In Cincinnati, there is a fairly good sized airport, "Lunken Airport", which is right beside the Ohio River; Lunken is all GA
, with a lot of Corporate Jets; anyway, two guys took off in a Lear 25, were climbing out, just as they were crossing over the river, maybe 2-300 ft AGL, they hit a loon; as everyone on A.net knows, the old Lears have a two piece windshield, which form a "vee"; I have no idea how fast a Lear is going at this point, but the damned loon came crashing through the left side windshield, hit the pilot so hard it killed him instantly, the whole cockpit filled up with blood, guts and feathers, almost blinding the co-pilot, who instinctivly hauls back on the ....( stick, yoke, whatever the hell a Lear has), did a complete loop, then somehow got control, made a 180, and landed the thing in ONE piece ! And there were a couple of people on the airport that eye-witnessed the whole thing. It got a lot of play on the TV
and in the local papers; I'm sure there's probably an accident report about it some place, which I'd love to read.
In 41 years of driving trucks hither and yon, I had dozens and dozens of "near misses" with deer, but on two occasions the deer didn't "make it".
I was west bound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about midnight, 65 mph, hammer down in the "hammer lane" with a load of cars; on the whole Pensy Pike there's only one stretch where there's no median strip; just two traffic lanes each direction, with a 24 inch high barrier, steel posts with cables separating the lanes; truck traffic was like "bumper to bumper", both directions; the opposing traffic is less than 6 feet away, going the other direction; it's just west of Bedford, and I was on it........
Car carriers have a car (or P/U truck ) above the cab; to hold the weight on the "headrack" , the tractor has a front "bumper" which is a 1/2 in thick steel plate, a ft wide, which has a 3 inch square steel tube on either side that supports to headrack and load; other words, it's kinda like a tank ! all of a sudden, out come a big doe; all I saw was a "flash", that deer hit my front bumper dead center, went straight UP
, at least 15-20 feet high, and came down right into the left eastbound lane; I thought I was about to witness a huge "pile-up" of trucks going both directions............fortunately, everyone held on, and I'll bet that deer was reduced to so much hamburger in about 30 seconds. Everyone just "kept on truckin" !
They usually don't turn out that way; I didn't see it, but I know of an "incident" involving a chicken crossing an Interstate, which ended up in about 6 or 8 trucks piling up, and a couple of fatalities; all because ONE dumb truck driver slammed on his brakes to keep from killing a damned chicken. When you drive for a living, you know you are going to have stuff like that to deal with; and you never have any time to "think it over"; you have to do your "thinking" in advance. You never, ever, brake suddenly for a small animal; if you do, it usually ends up with dead people.
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein