tangoecho
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Bird Strike..

Wed May 19, 2004 7:24 pm

Has anyone ever encountered a bird strike while landing or taking off??

I witnessed one the other day at work, and there were bits of seagulls all over the runway threshold.
It was a BA a320 aircraft, and it landed safely although engineers had to do a thorough check of the aircraft before it headed back to LHR.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 19, 2004 7:37 pm

I remember a Jetstrem 41 that landed in GRR one day from STL that hit a bird. It was the middle of the summer and we hand to literally scrape the bird off of the window witha putty knife, man that thing stunk! It literally baked onto the window of the aircraft.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 19, 2004 8:57 pm

Mmmm. Nice with fries though, airTran737 Big grin
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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 19, 2004 10:20 pm

Bird strikes happen more than you would think. I've had a bird strike probably 15-20 times in my career, and thats just the ones I knew about. Worst one smashed the nose cone of the #3 engine, but we never even knew about it til after we landed, and maintenance found it on thier post flight walk around.
 
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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 19, 2004 11:44 pm

I have had a bird strike with a heron on a C-172. Luckily he hit the strut up near the wing. It was my second solo flight, climbing out at 70 kts about 200 ft over the runway.
Last month Cessna had a goose hit the nose cone of the Citation Sovereign. Part of the bird went into the engine, the other part hit the wing leading edge. We had to replace engine blades.
I remember reading about a 737 having a salmon fish strike. In Alaska, a large bird carrying a fish was startled by the plane, dropped the fish. The fish came thru the radome and ended up by the co-pilots feet. I remember seeing photos of the damage. It happended about 20 years ago.

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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 19, 2004 11:46 pm

When I was in the US Air Force in the mid-late 70s, we lost an A-7D fighter bomber due to birds shortly after take off. As it was climbing out the pilot reported flying through a sudden flock of birds and apparently some were ingested by the engine causing it to quit. The plane was high enough that the pilot was able to eject safely. The plane crashed on a farm, fortunately no one was hurt on the ground.

Birds can be airplane killers!

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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 19, 2004 11:49 pm

I've hit several. It's a sickening feeling, and in a small plane often times it's akin to running over a rabbit with your car.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 19, 2004 11:56 pm

I have been in two of them. Both times in a 737. Both times resulted in catastrophic engine damage. Both were on t/o out of YEG and one time the fog closed in behind us and we had to divert to YYC. Upon landing one engine was scrap (the shut down one) and the other engine had also swallowed a bird with no damage. (found feathers and bird goo on the CSD oil cooler).

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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 12:04 am

Watched one hit a CJ1 about 2 months ago. Did a lot of damage. It was a mess.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 12:22 am

Christmas eve 2002 at ABZ a Small aircraft hit a flock of birds on takeoff and crashed and hit a car on the road below, Ive personally picked the remains of birds out of Super Puma engine intake baskets, all that was left was the skin, beak and feet all the "meat" had been sucked out and it stank !!, and on a test flight whilst taking off we heard a big thump and had to make an emergency landing, turned out we had hit a bird there was a big streak of excrment leading up to the head, luckily the aircraft was'nt damaged and we set off again.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 12:34 am

While travelling in CX A340-300 from HKG to AB) (CEB / RPVM), Philippines">CEB, bird strike happened in nose radome and engine cowlings. Aircraft return back to HKG even we have travelled 50% of our trip.
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Thu May 20, 2004 12:41 am

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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 7:08 am

Had one hit a CRJ I was supposed to take out. All that was left was a huge red splat and a wing speared on the pitot tube. Pretty icky.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 8:21 am

I hit an eagle during a flying lesson. He bounced off the wing and just kept on flying. Lucky eagle...
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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 8:53 am

In a sort of "man bites dog" twist...

The slope where I fly my RC glider is often frequented by red-tail hawks. They're quite protective of their airspace, and on numerous occasions have dive-bombed interloping aircraft. I usually give them a wide berth, but one day a hawk refused to leave my plane alone. I had some altitude to burn, so I nosed over into a dive and the darn bird followed. Once I had sufficient speed, I pulled back on the stick and looped around behind it. The bird appeared to have a brief "what the..." moment, then flew off!
 
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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 8:58 am

On a side note:As far as I know. Alaska Airlines is the only airline to hit a fish! One of our planes on approach to a SE Alaska city scared a eagle that was carrying a samon. The bird dropped the fish and it hit our plane. This was the original plane that got the nickname "Samon thirty Samon". Later this name was used as a possible new logo jet. Personally I'm glad that never happened!

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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 4:49 pm

I remember reading about a 737 having a salmon fish strike. In Alaska, a large bird carrying a fish was startled by the plane, dropped the fish. The fish came thru the radome and ended up by the co-pilots feet. I remember seeing photos of the damage. It happended about 20 years ago.

Alaska Airlines is the only airline to hit a fish! One of our planes on approach to a AS Air Limited (Kenya)">SE Alaska city scared a eagle that was carrying a samon. The bird dropped the fish and it hit our plane. This was the original plane that got the nickname "Samon thirty Samon".

This is TOTALLY True...I got the shirt to prove it! From what Ive heard, this happened on a 737-200C going into KTN, I think.

On a side note....Most of AS aircraft is extempt from the required certification from the FAA called Bird Strike Volitcity (spelling..) Extemption. I dont know what this means but my guess is that AS was not required to have some sort of extra protection to the airframe to prevent damange. This extemption can be found on the type certificate above the L1 door on on a bunch of AS's aircraft...mostly their 734s

Also, Ive seen endless videos on bird strikes in my A&P classes...gotta tell ya...they are pretty ummm graphic.....Ughh!!
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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 7:14 pm

I had a chance to sit thru a seminar given by one of the FAA's Wildlife experts in charge of collecting data on bird strikes and wildlife encroachment on airports. It was one of the most interesting lectures I've sat thru. He mentioned the FAA website, with pictures, here it is:

http://wildlife.pr.erau.edu/Pictures.htm

One of the best stories he told was a NW Airlink flight, where a bird hit the left windshield wiper, the wiper hit the left prop, then flew into the cabin, impaling in the left leg of the passenger seated in the exit row. I think they have the picture in the link.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 7:42 pm

Canoecarrier,

Those are some tasty pics... lol... oh boy! Nasty!
 
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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 8:36 pm

Personally no, but I have seen the effects of one.

Pretty impressive what a goose can do.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Thu May 20, 2004 11:28 pm

is it just me, or do bird strikes seem to happen alot on 737's?
 
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 12:00 am

This one must have been a really nasty clean-up.....
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 12:07 am

Saw a docu of strike training in Canada. An F-4 (German I think) took a bird through the canopy. Embedded itself in the back of the cockit. Grazed the pilot's helmet. Blood and feathers EVERYWHERE! The guy was lucky to be alive. If the hole had been 10 cm further to the right, he would have taken it right in the face. They didn't interview the pilot but the mechanic said he was a bit razzled.


I have heard of rabbit strikes. Jumpseating on a SAS MD-8x landing on ARN 26, the plane before said "Beware of rabbits on the runway" on the radio. The pilots said it happens. SPLAT!
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 2:47 am

There are a lot of bird strikes on 737s because
1. There are a lot of 737s
2. They do short flights with a lot of takeoff and landings, where bird strikes are most likely to happen.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 3:12 am

Last summer I discovered what king a damage a Canada Goose does.

As a Ag-pilot we do most of our flying early dawn and then again towards dusk. This is the same time of day migratory birds fly aswell. Anyways I was just finishing a spray run and pulling up over the powerlines when I heard this VERY load "thump" followed by an extreme yaw to the left. Substantial rudder was needed to keep the ball centered and I had no idea what had happened.

It wasn't until I landed shortly after that I noticed the vertical fin was missing about the top 4" and the rudder's top hinge was torn right from the stab. I didn't see anything that would have caused this, but my ground spotter told me just as I crossed the fence that outlined the field a Canadian Goose took flight from the ditch.

You guys know the rest !
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 4:30 am

I have seen my share of damage due to bird strikes. The total number of hits compared to the ones that due damage is about 8 x the number that have damage. Let me tell ya, the water fowl are the worst, whether it be duck, goose, herron, pelican. The oil from their feathers transfers to the a/c when struck. It is slick and very stinky.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 6:37 am

Nasty business. Sitting in my truck by the runway I got a view of a bizjet hitting two large birds that was a lot better than I needed. Nice red stripes all the way down the fuselage and pieces of birds all over the place.

A few days later there was a dog strike, the poor creature was to be sent by air but escaped and ran onto the runway.  Sad

Guy I used to work with hit a deer on rotation with a Cessna. Now, that guy was lucky! Reconstructing, it must have barely missed the prop and gone between the nose gear and the right main. Then it struck the empennage, but somehow managed to miss the horisontal stab. Needless to say, he made a few very careful attempts at landing, testing one wheel at a time, before putting it back on the ground...

By law it is required to notify the police of any wildlife accidents here, which he did. Apparently the conversation went something like:

"I've hit a deer"
"Allright, what were you driving"
"I was flying an aircraft"
"Call back when you're sober"

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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 7:27 am

Never encountered one myself, but I've had to clean a/c after they happened.

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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 4:02 pm

In case anyone is interested, some bird strike 'fun-facts'...

· Over 180 people have been killed world-wide as a result of bird strikes since 1995.

· Wildlife strikes cost U.S. civil aviation over $489 million/year, 1990-2002.

· Over 4,300 bird strikes were reported by the U.S. Air Force in 2003.

· Over 6,100 bird strikes were reported for U.S. civil aircraft in 2003.

· An estimated 80% of bird strikes to U.S. civil aircraft go unreported.

· Waterfowl (31%), gulls (29%), and raptors (17%) represented 77% of the reported bird strikes causing damage to U.S. civil aircraft, 1990-2002.

· Over 600 civil aircraft collisions with deer were reported in the U.S., 1990-2003.

· A 12-lb Canada goose struck by an 150-mph aircraft at lift-off generates the force of a 1,000-lb weight dropped from a height of 10 feet.

· Starlings are "feathered bullets", having a body density 27% higher than herring gulls.

· The North American non-migratory Canada goose population tripled, 1990-2002, to 3.5 million birds.

· The Great Lakes cormorant population increased from only about 200 nesting adults in 1970 to over 200,000 nesting adults in 2003, a 1,000-fold increase.

· The North American white and brown pelican populations grew at average annual rates of 2.9% and 8.5%, respectively, 1980-2002.

· At least 15,000 gulls were counted nesting on roofs in U.S. cities on the Great Lakes during a survey in 1994.

· About 90% of all bird strikes in the U.S. are by species federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Kind of sobering, though roadkill statistics would be quite bad (to say the least!) as well...

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tangoecho
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 4:30 pm

Thanx for that, QuantasA332.
Some really interesting facts.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 4:53 pm

I've had quite a few strikes during my 30 years-plus carreer,but they have at the most only created a smear or minor dents and need for inspections.

But I saw a most impressive demonstration of what a birdstrike can do to a plane at Fort Lauderdale in 1976: A pelican had hit the left wing leading edge of an Aztec at precisely the right angle.It had penetrated the skin and the beak was embedded in the wingspar They had to use a pair of pliers to remove it!

My father,also an SAS captain (now retired),hit a fox while landing at FBU with a DC-9 in the mid-70's.It was dark and they didn't see it until it was too late.It was mesmerized by the landing lights,probably.

And I've hit a rabbit with the nosewheel of an F-28 while taking off from Kalmar,Sweden.The plane's belly was smeared all over with rabbit ragout.They kind of "explode" when hit!
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 4:58 pm

Interesting facts there!

Seems pretty nasty to clean up the mess! Never experienced any bird strikes, and hope not to!

Wow, a fish strike! Probably the last animal I'd have guessed to cause damage to an aircraft!  Laugh out loud One can learn a lot from the Tech Ops forum!

Thanks for the info.  Smile
 
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RE: Bird Strike..

Fri May 21, 2004 5:01 pm

AirframeAS, As739X

The aircraft was a 737-200QC coming out of the Juneau Alaska Airport...I want to say 1986-88 ish.

There are two runways at Juneau, the one the 737 was on and the water strip next to it, The water strip is flooded from streams so there are fish runs up it.

The story is that the 737 was on the takeoff roll when the eagle came down and extracted the fish from the float pond. It departed the float stream and crossed over the departure end of the runway, right when the 737 was at V1.

The eagle say the plane, realized that it wanted to be in the same bit of airspace that it was occupying, so it decided to yield. Of course to get out of the way it had to lighten up, so it dropped the fish.

The fish came down on the windscreen center post. No penetration. The flight if memory serves was the milk run so it continued to KTN where it was inspected and continued to fly it's normal run that day.

No word if the eagle caught flack for not bringing dinner home to the Mrs. And the chicks...They mate for life you know.

Markair and Wien tagged several dogs over they years they where flying with their 737's flying into villages.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Sat May 22, 2004 6:35 am

I was told about one happening at BLK when it was really hetic (I would of seen it, but I was in the office at the time) - we had the STN flight delayed and the DUB flight was departing when it had a bird strike but it carried onto DUB.

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RE: Bird Strike..

Sat May 22, 2004 12:23 pm

Hit one last month on short final at IAD. Just moved my head slightly left to see out the part of the windscreen that wasn't "messy." OTOH, hit a few geese leaving DFW a couple of years ago. Remnants entered some pitot tubes and the right side fuselage got bent outward just in front of the other pitot tubes so we were soon operating with no reliable IAS indicators [but AOA worked nicely]. Only birdstrike prior to that was in USN when a bird hit the FO windscreen shattering all three layers in place (a few pieced of plexiglass on the glareshield). Already flying slow [Hawkeyes don't fly fast] so we just moved "the Doc" out of his seat for his protection and landed single-piloted.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Sat May 22, 2004 3:54 pm

Just remembered reading years ago about an Air India 707 encountering a flock of geese at 28,000 feet along the southern slopes of the Himalayas.Can't remember whether they hit any of them,though.
Flocks of migrating birds have been observed at really high altitudes but these may have been flying in updrafts due to southerly winds?
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RE: Bird Strike..

Sat May 22, 2004 4:03 pm

I ran over a dead seagull on the taxiway.  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Bird Strike..

Sat May 22, 2004 4:49 pm

Found myself flying in formation with a crow the other day in a glider, overtaking slightly. It was a hilarious sight as the crow looked over its shoulder, saw the big white bird catching up, decided that it didn't feel like racing me, went into ballistic mode, wings folded, and fell away.  Smile

I didn't think a bird could look surprised in any way we'd recognize. Now I now better!

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RE: Bird Strike..

Sun May 23, 2004 10:14 pm

One of the more unusual crashes caused by a bird strike

The Air Force lost an F-16 in 1999 in Florida from a bird strike on the canopy. The bird didn't go through the canopy, but the force of the impact caused a sin wave to resonate through the canopy which in turn caused the canopy to hit the pilot on top of the head knocking him unconscious.

Little Rock AFB installed a "deer proof" fence around the facilities due to a high number of deer strikes, not sure how successful it has been.

A friend of mine that used to fly on B-52's told me they once hit some geese at FL210.
 
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RE: Bird Strike..

Tue May 25, 2004 7:15 pm

I witnessed a birdstrike last year and almost, ALMOST caught the collision itself on camera.
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.cgi?118927
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http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.cgi?118925

Oddly enough, when clearing the runway the FO reported a dog in the runway as well, nearly becoming the victim of 2 different animal strikes in the course of just a few seconds.
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RE: Bird Strike..

Tue May 25, 2004 9:02 pm

During migration, different types of waterfowl have been observed flying at extremely high altitudes. (for birds anyway) Some have been observed flying above 30,000 feet!
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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 26, 2004 7:29 am

Some other interesting bird strike facts:

Whenever the air force has a bird strike, they send some of the feathers for identification of the species to the Smithsonian. The woman that identifies the remains is Ms. Dove

I heard a rumor once (anyone with more details please fill in the story, or squash the rumor once and for all) that an air force trainer once hit a bird that was on the endangered species list and the air force was fined for killing a bird on the endangered list.

And this isn't a bird, but it's pretty interesting too. My dad once told me of a Moose at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska that crashed through a large window at the base ops building causing extensive damage inside

 
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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 26, 2004 3:09 pm

During my CPL training in a 182RG I hit a bird on short final. It went through the prop and a good portion of the bird got shoved inside the nose gear's wheel well. Pretty messy! I gave my instructor the honor of cleaning it up.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Bird Strike..

Wed May 26, 2004 11:39 pm

Three of them.

  • Hawk on center windshield at about 80 knots on takeoff roll. Rejected the takeoff and waited until airport ops found the bird. Very short bird when they found it.


  • Unknown large bird at about 14000' at night, 290 KIAS in climb. Heard by passengers in the last row! Pretty uniformly buttered the bird over the entire f/o windshield but it was not the f/o's leg anyway. That one happened just about right over my house.


  • Duck on taxi light housing descending into MSO at night. It wound up looking like a parody of the old North Central Airlines logo.


  • Other than breaking the taxi light, none of them did any damage.

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    RE: Bird Strike..

    Thu May 27, 2004 12:47 am

    Re: the fish story
    Sounds like the eagle might have been on a bombing run.
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    Thu May 27, 2004 2:12 am

    Re: the fish story

    A bird of prey will drop its catch to a larger bird.
    The Boeing was bigger than the eagle. A lot bigger.
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    Thu May 27, 2004 1:19 pm

    Several years ago I had the thankless job of writing accident and incident reports for a regional airline which no longer exists (and to protect the innocent will not name....).... at any rate our a/c seemed to attract critters. After having one put out of action by having an unfortunate run in with a big buck, I was inspired to write this and attach it to my report for our POI:


    Braised Bambi a l’Avion
    “A sure hit on a winter afternoon for your family and friends”


    3 lbs Bambi
    Flour for dredging
    1 bottle dry red wine
    Bay leaf
    Two sprigs fresh thyme
    6 juniper berries
    2 chopped carrots
    1 chopped onion
    4 peppercorns crushed
    Salt
    Heavy casserole with tight fitting lid


    Deplane passengers. Collect 3 lbs Bambi before FAA and local FBO remove for “evidence”. Be sure to pick over carefully and remove any small pieces of Plexiglas, Carry-on luggage, etc.

    Wash and pat dry. Rub with salt and dredge in flour. Brown in heavy casserole. Add vegetables, brown. When onions and carrots are nicely golden add wine, bay leaf, juniper berries, thyme and peppercorns. Bring to simmer on top of stove. Put in slow oven at 325 degrees for three hours.

    Serve with bags of peanuts and pretzels, and very small cans of Coke.

    (And then there are those nasty 'flying mammal' strikes...... Sometimes nature stinks.)
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    Thu May 27, 2004 11:33 pm

    I'll try your recipe. But isn't the meat called "bambage?"

    The reverse of this theme is critters falling out of airplanes. A well-known defunct nonsked once dropped a walrus on the ramp from DC-9 deck height. Killed the walrus for certain.

    Second worst sound I've ever heard.
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    RE: Bird Strike..

    Fri May 28, 2004 1:02 am

    What about a drunk strike?
    A story told to me by me ex-brother-in-law in Iloilo City in the Philippines:

    ILO is a provincial airport with connection to AB) (MNL / RPLL), Philippines">MNL. The airport is (or used to be surrounded when I was there last about 15 years ago) by a mainly knee high fence, plus an assortment of open gates (there are whole families living in the back offices of the GA hangar, with the kids playing among the airplanes on the apron). On one side is the terminal with a village behind it and on the other side of the runway is Iloilo City.
    Once, in a evening two drunks wanted to walk back from a bar in the village to the city. They decided to take the shortcut across the runway, instead of using the road which lead around the airport. Well, the night was getting cool and the tarmac of the runway was so nicely warm, they decided to have a nap right in the middle of the runway. Early next morning the PAL 737 from AB) (MNL / RPLL), Philippines">MNL came and ran right over them....

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    RE: Bird Strike..

    Fri May 28, 2004 4:57 pm

    During my Commercial training at Vero Beach I had the misfortune to land on a turtle on the runway.Cracked the shell and dragged it along for some 12-15 feet.It made a purplish-gray streak along the runway.
    There were other hazards at the other fields we used for touch & go's,too: At Sebastian to the north,there were horses running about,while St. Lucie to the south had jackrabbits as large as dogs.I never heard of a horse strike,but heard that jackrabbits make a lot of mess.
    A ferry pilot working for Piper once told of a friend of his decapitating a giraffe in Africa during low flying on a delivery flight to South Africa.

    BTW,I'm sure the "bird with the fish" mentioned earlier in this topic must have been an F-15E "Strike Eagle"  Laugh out loud
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