Me, my instructor and one of my good friends had decided to go for a joy ride in a C-172 skyhawk to try out my friends new headset (Sennheiser HMEC 400, Nice headset, but not as nice as my Bose
). We flew from Oxford Airport (OXC) up to Bradley International (BDL
) for a touch and go. We were flying back home after a sweet landing when all of a sudden our pleasant conversation went silent with very loud thud against the left side of the aircraft. We did a quick check of the engine instruments and than made sure the wings and landing gear were still connected to the airplane. After deciding that they were we headed back to Oxford (About 20 miles away.)
After a successful and uneventful landing we got out and found that the inner 10% of the left wing was covered in blood and that some nasty pieces of meat were sticking out of the wing/fuselage connection, between the plastic and metal.
So being interested we decided to pull the chucks out to see if we could indent the object we struck. After the first chucks we found the evidence needed to identify the animal. We pulled a rather large bat head out of the plane, the head was compacted by the impact, but still it was recognizable as a bat head.
We were at about 2500ft, (1800ft AGL) when this happened at about 8:30pm and to the North East of OXC
Has anyone else every hit a bat?, Is this a common occurrence?
I know birds are reasonably common, but a freaking Bat!
For those not familiar with these airports, Both are in Connecticut, USA