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    B-1 Landing at Midland

    Sheeeeeeit. Been awhile since I was in a B-1, no space for the OSO to sit somewhere else? I understand it was an IFE at the time, but man, not knowing if that thing was gonna fire or not. I'd rather take my chances climbing out of a hole made by another seat.
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    Latest Movies

    Looks like it'll be a good one
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    We’re doomed

    "Bring me...support dogs"
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    We’re doomed

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    B-1 Landing at Midland

    Surprised this didn't make it to the forums. This happened on May 1 and initial reports were vague https://www.reporternews.com/story/news/local/2018/05/01/abilene-based-b-1-bomber-makes-emergency-landing-midland/570523002/ Yesterday however Task and Purpose had this pretty interesting article. https://taskandpurpose.com/b-1b-lancer-emergency-landing/ Granted this is hearsay and rumor at this point, but damn, if this is true helluva job by that crew Breaking News: Hero B-1 Instructor Pilot and crew land B-1B after in flight emergency (IFE). On May 1st, 2018 a two ship out of Dyess Air Force Basedealt with a situation that no pilot wants to ever encounter. The incident involved a Rockwell B-1B Lancer 86-0109/DY named "Spectre", which was built back in 1986. During flight they encountered an over wing fairing (OWF) fire indication on fire warning panel climbing out of low level, followed by #3 engine fire indications. Crew then executed checklist for both, including fire bottles, but OWF light did not go out. The aircraft commander then called for manual ejection. Auto means that if anyone in the front station punches everyone goes regardless if seat is safed or pinned. Manual means that an individual physically has to pull their handle. The offensive system officer (OSO) was the first to pull, that’s why the missing hatch seat retracted and the hatch departed. When the seat did not go up the rails the crew were left with two options at that point. Continue manual ejection for the other crew which means the OSO would ride the jet into the dirt or take the jet as far as they could while maintaining aircraft control and try to save the OSO, which is why the crew elected to land at Midland Airport. That type of Emergency Procedure (EP) has never been successfully recovered in the B-1. The IFE occurred towards the end of the sortie coming off Instrument Route 178 which is a level route along the Texas and Mexico border. After the failed ejection, there was approximately 15 or more minutes of flight before landing. It is assumed the crew had helmets with masks attached for oxygen. The hatch that blew off has yet to be recovered. The photo of the B-1 in the hangar shows burn marks in the OWF, which appears to be caused by the fire that that crew observed in flight. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) was on scene after the landing due to the seat shielded mild detonation cords (SMDC). There is no guidance for failed ejection in the Technical Orders (TO). The OSO would have died for sure and there was potential to loose the entire crew racing to Midland trying to save the OSO. Instead the crew made the choice to stay with the OSO and luckily the IP stayed calm and acted to save the life of the crew and B-1B. For that, we believe the IP and crew should all be recognized for their heroic actions that day, which brought credit upon themselves and the United States Air Force.
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    the ugly ones fück the best
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    Beautiful frozen tundra
  8. “There's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch.”
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    You have to register to view that link, try this one. You'll just have to ignore the dorks http://www.boeing.com/features/2018/01/tx-cockpit-01-18.page
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    SNL Call Sign Skit

    How long before somebody gets that callsign? Other than the obvious stupid stuff, that was a good skit.
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    B-1 (Bone) questions

    key phrase right there, not excusing their actions, but way back then BUFF CAS was something shiny and new and everyone wanted to implement. Took us awhile to get our minds wrapped around it and learn how to do it correctly.
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    Hell yeah...good to see those guys and gals get in the fight
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    F16 Training Crash (from the 162nd)

    Or what about the crash in the NTTR the day before the Hogs crashed? Pilot killed but very little known. Any info out there on that? Rough week.
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    Thanks for posting, great videos. Amazing work by LS and MX personnel