The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

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Post by Richie » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:52 pm

Seems another tragedy has befallen our SAR colleagues.

R116 has gone in and taken all four of its crew.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0316/86013 ... er-search/
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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Sat May 27, 2017 4:18 pm

Russian aircraft violate our airspace now. A disrespectful try-on. What next?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-n ... d-40070746

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Post by Mike Bull » Sun May 28, 2017 9:46 am

The Navy Wings Sea Vixen had a poor start to the season when it had to make a wheels up landing on its return to Yeovilton yesterday. Great job by the pilot though-

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Video here, though you don't see much of the actual touchdown-

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Post by rob565uk » Sun May 28, 2017 2:10 pm

I am not a pilot but initially, instinctively thought a touch down on the grass might have done less damage, but I guess is more risky because of a possibility of digging in. The pilot showed great skill here though.

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Post by mtskull » Mon May 29, 2017 12:06 pm

rob565uk wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 2:10 pm
I am not a pilot but initially, instinctively thought a touch down on the grass might have done less damage, but I guess is more risky because of a possibility of digging in. The pilot showed great skill here though.
In the not very distant past when I was flying for a living, emergency procedures always stated that, in the event of a total or partial undercarriage failure, a landing should always be attempted on a hard runway if at all possible. Counter-intuitive maybe but correct for precisely for the reasons you stated.

Interestingly, in those photos it appears that the pilot has already jettisoned the canopy. Makes sense if you expect to have to get out in a hurry. I stand ready to be corrected but I don't suppose that an aircraft of that vintage is equipped with zero-zero ejection seats.
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Post by Mike Bull » Mon May 29, 2017 1:38 pm

The canopy is mid-air in the first photo, and you see it blown off in the You Tube clip as well.

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Post by mtskull » Mon May 29, 2017 4:37 pm

Mike Bull wrote:
Mon May 29, 2017 1:38 pm
The canopy is mid-air in the first photo
So it is! Didn't spot that at first glance. Doh!
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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Mon May 29, 2017 6:38 pm

I'd be surprised if it didn't have zero-zero seats, even though on this occasion they weren't used. The Sea Vixen was withdrawn from squadron service in 1972 while the first test of a zero-zero seat in this country with a human occupant took place as far back as 1961, with Martin-Baker's resident 'guinea pig' Doddy Hay providing the ballast.

I can heartily recommend his book Man in the Hot Seat, in which he recounts the development of the ejection seat in Britain from its early beginnings in colourful detail. 'Doddy' was a competition parachutist before he took up the dangerous job of testing seats and had a spine that really should have been donated to the medical profession. It had more breaks than a lazy plumber.

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Post by Jordangbr » Mon May 29, 2017 8:31 pm

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Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Post by Richie » Mon May 29, 2017 11:21 pm

I was thinking salvage the engine if it's still usable....
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