Author Topic: Canada Air Disaster  (Read 538 times)

June 18, 2013, 09:17:10 AM
Incredible photos from last Friday's accident in Canada ( Lethbridge ). Check out the sequence of the canopy leaving the scene, the pilot in his rocket-powered seat coming out, the parachute opening sequence, and the separated seat falling away. Modern technology at its best. All of this happened in about two seconds from canopy off to the fireball.

2 (2) by gordonand, on Flickr

Check out all the smoke from the canopy rocket motors.

2 (1) by gordonand, on Flickr

There he goes ! So that's what the striped handle does !
The left engine has the nozzle fully open, showing that #1 engine was developing no power.

4 (2) by gordonand, on Flickr

The white thing is the seat-stabilazing drogue chute. Notice the pilot's head pinned to his chest from the severe 'G' forces produced by the solid rocket motors in the ACES II seat. They burn for about 2/10ths of a second . .
enough time to propel him at least 60 feet clear of the aircraft. Hellova ride.

4 (1) by gordonand, on Flickr

One millesecond from eternity for a beautiful FA-18.
Check out the now-unoccupied ejection seat following the aircraft to glory.
6 (2) by gordonand, on Flickr

The moment-of-impact photo shows flame shooting out of the left engine . . its 'last gasp'.
There goes the seat above the fireball.
The pilot will be downing his first of several shots within the hour, soon as his hands stop shaking.

6 (1) by gordonand, on Flickr

And the pilot lived happily ever after . . .


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June 18, 2013, 09:28:24 AM
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Amazing pictures Gordon.
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June 18, 2013, 09:30:55 AM
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Great sequence of photos. Shows just how powerful an ejector seat is.

It happened in 2010 though, not last friday.
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June 18, 2013, 10:15:23 AM
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Amazing shots indeed.

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June 18, 2013, 10:57:17 AM
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Are these yours Gordon? really interesting set

June 18, 2013, 11:14:28 AM
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Thanks all, No Jayne, I wish that I could say that they were mine, they were sent in an email from a friend who lives in Canada.
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June 19, 2013, 11:36:23 AM
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wow right place at the right time with the camera eh