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    F-111 in belly landing

    Neale Maynard and Chris Griffith

    July 18, 2006

    A DAMAGED F-111 strike jet has made a precision belly landing at Amberley RAAF base after a four-hour drama which began when it lost one of its wheels.

    The plane's crew emerged from the aircraft seconds after it slid to a halt on Amberley's runway at about 2pm and ran to safety as firetrucks raced to dump foam on the jet.

    The plane was slowed by an arrestor hook which caught an aircraft carrier-style wire strung across the runway.

    But the plane's aluminium skin created a spectacular shower of sparks as it slowed to a halt.

    The strike jet, based at Amberley, lost one of its nose wheels on takeoff at about 10am and circled at high altitude before attempting to land.

    It is understood the damaged undercarriage was inspected in mid-air by another F-111 crew trying to assess the damage.

    The crew chose to make a belly landing because of concerns that with one of the two nose wheels missing, the other nose wheel could twist sideways on landing and snap off the landing gear strut.
    And the video of the landing:
    http://mp3.news.com.au/bcm/f111.wmv

    Cheers
    Brendan

  • #2
    The pilot did a great job setting it down.
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    • #3
      ^Ditto, real text book, neat job, looks repearable.
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      • #4
        perfect!

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        • #5
          Great job on the pilots part....thanks for posting the video
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          • #6
            Photos is from Dave from Philskies.net

            http://www.philskies.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8497









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            • #7
              Nice informative ones. Especially those showing the use of the hook and wire as to reduce speed as possible and limit the damages to the undersides.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by uy707
                Nice informative ones. Especially those showing the use of the hook and wire as to reduce speed as possible and limit the damages to the undersides.
                Alain
                So when Im looking at the video, I wonder what the rules looks like ?

                If you belly-crash. One rule, is that when the aircraft had finally stopped, save your own a$$ ? I saw the first pilot run away, Isnt there a second rule that you help your co-pilot ? What if the last pilot was stucked into his seat?
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                • #9
                  When my father in law when for a ride in a F-106 the pilot told him if we have to eject I'll say "Eject, Eject, Eject". If you say "Huh", I won't be around LOL

                  Not sure of the rules when landing wheels up

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