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In Reply to: RE: #3 posted by airtime on March 27, 2017 at 08:18:38
I think about a horrible Air Force T-38 crash while I was in pilot training at Williams Air Force Base.
Two other student pilots and myself were driving back to the base at night from a movie in Phoenix. We saw this huge fireball in the Superstation Mountain area East of the base, and would later learn that it was one of the student pilots flying visually at night for training purposes. Lots of fast airplane but way too little flying experience. Of course, that was true of all of us at this time in our earliest days of flying.
I was a kid in the 70's riding my bicycle down Rockaway twpk in the rain. Heard what sounded like a truck driving into a bunch of those metal garbage cans. Looked over and saw parts of a plane winging over the road way in flames.
Ronny Pollitano and myself were the first two people on the seen for about 20 or so minutes. Yeah, two young teens standing in the middle of an airliner debris field with bodies all over the place. Then a cop drove up and said "hey get out of there". That was the crash that spurred on the technology for wind shearing.
Sorry you had to see that, and certainly one you will never forget.
The windshear training is very extensive now and part of every pilot's flight exam every six months. Aircraft are now equipped with windshear detectors and voice command instruments.
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