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08-20-2003, 07:13 PM
A friend from work enlightened me to these. I hope they haven't been posted before. Can't vouch for their authenticity but
it's sure good for a chuckle.
It's nice to know somebody else has bad days too. :-)
Don't think these are copyrighted. If so - my humble apologies.
08-20-2003, 07:19 PM
I think they must be fake because of missles can't be fired while the gear is down, although there could have been a malfuction.
08-20-2003, 07:26 PM
1) Gear down = disable weps
2) the angle from wingtip for launch means it wouldn't (probably) be in that position for photo #1 to hit the flightdeck flightdeck
3) no discharge from missle engine ?
4) if it was a launch, it would've been too quick from cat man and camera op to track if they were that close.
5) I did laugh aloud when I saw it though :-)
08-20-2003, 07:33 PM
Looks to me like the aircraft has trapped, something has failed on the wingtip launch rail and the missile has carried on while the aircraft stopped! That would seem to explain why the hornet is in the landing area.
Great shots, I have a video about wrong landings on carriers, where you can see this happen after rough landings.(this event is also on film so it's real) The plane is stopped but the missiles fly on. Some terrible scenes on this video btw.
There's also a scene where a landing fighter ends between the parked planes on deck and the ammo on the planes explodes one by one, after a few minutes the whole carrier is in flames.
08-20-2003, 08:37 PM
Real Real Real
It happened on the U.S.S. Forestall or the Enterprise I don't remember which one.
The missle fell off the plane during arrestment and slid down the flightdeck and over the side.
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08-20-2003, 08:43 PM
It's definately fake simply for the fact that a missile travels soo fast that I doubt you can get a picture of it.
08-20-2003, 08:49 PM
Its a genuine picture, its just not been fired.
08-20-2003, 08:56 PM
So there was a photographer, framed up witht he a/c trapping ?
Judging by the shot, wouldn't the photographer be just a little too close ?
08-20-2003, 09:03 PM
I have seen the footage of this incident, and it is real. The accident on the U.S.S. Forrestal, a missle was accidentally triggered, and it launched into another aircraft. The chain reaction of exploding ordanace and aircraft fuel caused massive damage to the carrier $72 Million I believe, and resulted in the deaths of 134 men.
08-20-2003, 09:08 PM
what are you guys talking about?!?!? exploding planes and deaths of 134 people??? it was just a missle that was loose on the plane and when the arrestor cables stop it so fast the loose missle fell off and went fell off the side into water. thats what i think :D
and as for the photographer he probably wasnt close its just zoom on his camera
08-20-2003, 10:43 PM
The Forestol fire was the result of leaking fuel not a missile
08-21-2003, 02:03 AM
I saw that video, the missile wasn't actually fired, it just got loose from its rack and slided through the flight deck right after the F/A-18 landed.
Yes, the similar case people is referring to was the USS Forrestal :-)
"At 10:52 A.M. on July 29, the second launch was being readied when a Zuni rocket accidentally fired from an F-4 Phantom parked on the starboard side of the flight deck aft of the island. The missile streaked across the deck into a 400 gallon belly fuel tank on a parked A-4D Skyhawk. The ruptured tank spew highly flammable JP-5 fuel onto the deck which ignited spreading flames over the flight deck under other fully loaded aircraft ready for launch"
08-21-2003, 02:50 AM
indeed, this is not the Forrestal incident, that was about a decade before the F-18 was even in development...
What happened here is force slung the missile off the rail durring landing, presumably because it was poorly fastened or was damaged in some way.
08-21-2003, 04:59 AM
The guy in the first shot looks suitably worried... :-lol
08-21-2003, 09:31 AM
Definitely real. Missiles are locked onto the rails by a very simple system. I work on the same missile during my time in the Air Force. It definitely was not fired, or else you can see the shockwave in the exhaust...
The warhead is not armed as it was not fired... merely dislodged...:D But I guess I would be worried too! :-lol
08-25-2003, 06:19 AM
I did hear of an incident during the Vietnam conflict on board a US Carrier that nearly destroyed her, it was after that particular tragedy that new rules were introduced about how missiles and bombs were armed, they had to be loaded on the a/c above decks, as the accident happened whilst arming the plane in the hanger deck.
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