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Booooom.....a compressor stall with the aircraft loaded with fuel and weapons during a launch from catapult number 4 of USS Nimitz is not the best way to start a 5 hours mission above Afghanistan in support of OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom).
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    David Cenciotti
    USA - Navy
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
    McDonnell Douglas
    1364/C430
    165205
    NH-405
    Indian Ocean
    International Airspace
    October 19, 2009
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Comments (11)

Anonymous
8 years ago
WOOW!! Incredible... 5/5 for that moment!
Paulo Santos - Portugal Spotters
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing shot, five stars! The compressor stall fire looks absolutely amazing, I wonder if the aircraft circled and recovered again, or just continued the mission?
Anonymous
8 years ago
I suppose they factor in compressor stalls to catapult launches... but it must be scary as all hell, great snap...
Anonymous
8 years ago
Incrdible shot!

What happen then? Did the plane success to take off?
Anonymous
8 years ago
Nice timing. What happened next?
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great shot David...Keep going with such photos... W l'Italia !! ;-)
Anonymous
8 years ago
There are better places to have a compressor stall than an aircraft carrier catapult ;-) - 5* for this catch!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great catch!
Anonymous
8 years ago
From what I understand of turbo machinery, compressor stalls are rarely dangerous, as long as the engine doesn't flame out because of it. Usually the only thing damaged is the underpants of the pilot....
Anonymous
8 years ago
I wonder if compressor stalls are connected to the ejector seat. When one goes, so does the other!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Awesome pic !!!

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