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Just found this in my mailbox from a friend stationed at RAAF Base Wagga, NSW. He didn't include any info but it's quite obvious what's happening. I don't envy the people who have to make it right because as you may recall that used to be my job. :wink2:

posted by  vwhobo

Yeah they had it live on TV. It was at Amberley air base near Brisbane. They put it down to a faulty pin.

There's new planes to replace them coming, but the F111 is still a formidable machine and many are loathe to mothball them. /07/18/1153166360133.html

posted by  Wally

Uh, what exactly is goin on in those pics?

posted by  jedimario

Perhaps this will answer your question. Someone is going to get boned. ayer=wm7&rate=236&flash=1

posted by  vwhobo

well done to th pilot for landing safely :clap:

posted by  True_Brit

yeah, you could hear it from my place

well, not really, but it sounded cool ... half hour up the road

posted by  windsonian

What isn't clear on VWHobo's video, but so in his stills, is they ran a steel cable across the runway and the plane hooked it at the tail; similar to landing on a carrier.

posted by  Wally

it'll buff right out...

posted by  ChrisV

An arresting cable is standard procedure at every military airfield that I'm familiar with for inflight emergency landings (IFE). There are actually two on each end of every runway, just in case you miss the first. Additionally, they have huge retractable reels so the cable can stretch out and absorb energy to slow the jet instead of yanking it to a sudden stop.

I once saw an A-7 take a cable right after an inspection had been done on it. They forgot to unlock the reel and when the tailhook grabbed it, it ripped out the hook along with a portion of the keel. Not a pretty sight. We patched that one up and made it a static display.

posted by  vwhobo

The skill these pilots display is incredible, even though sometimes it looks easy, I'm guessing it's far from, lol. Just how they can control such machines at those baffles me how they do airshows etc...What if the pilot has a dizzy spell? lol

posted by  Cliffy

It's called vertigo, and if they suffer from it they're taken off flying status until they get a full physical and are cleared by a flight surgeon. That's in the US military anyway. That's also assuming they don't screw a jet into the ground.

posted by  vwhobo

Now I'm not at all familiar with airforce goings on, but I have to wonder at why an arresting cable would ever need to be locked at it's reels? Surely just enough pretension to keep it taught would be sensible?

posted by  Wally

They're locked during maintenance so there's no chance of accidental movemement. Safety and all. If one moves and you're in the wrong place, there's no second chance, just call the meat wagon..

posted by  vwhobo

I see, I suppose it makes sense then :thumbs:

posted by  Cliffy

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