saw an old friend today

Oct 13, 2011
Richmond B.C.
many years ago when I was serving in the Air Force as a young airframe tech, my dream was to get my hands on a fighter plane. I finally got my chance when this poor airplane flew through some about .85 mach. It looked like someone went berzerk with a hammer and busted the hell out of the whole airframe. it took about 2 weeks to replace all the flight controls,canopy and external panels that we could. and the metal bashers patched it up enough to ferry it back to cold lake. it spent another 15 months getting fixed.

this was the only fighter plane that I ever got to work on. It's been 20 years since I saw it in person.

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Dec 16, 2012
Louisville KY
Very cool reunion
I was an air force shooter, and your story reminded me of a similar event from about 20 years ago, a bird strike during low altitude hi-speed manuevers
The canopy was a mosaic of cracks and (bird) blood, the HUD was a thousand glass fragments spread everywhere
Its amazing to me in both cases that the pilots could recover and safely land
Of course, sometimes that sadly not the case, and I did my share of TDR's too

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