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  •  Ouch! (5+ / 0-)
    I recall that some pilots sustained compression fractures of the spine because the belly skid was not sprung.  Thing had no 'give' at all and the landing impact was literally transmitted directly to the pilot's butt.
    Not to mention being dissolved by the fuel.  Not a very user friendly airplane!

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:22:15 PM PST

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    •  the skid was sprung. (5+ / 0-)

      However it has to be released and lowered.  Once this was accomplished the undercarriage lever had to be returned to the centre position otherwise the skid remained locked down.  Upon landing if the Komet hit a pothole during it's runout the shock was ftransmitted directly into the pilot's seat and thence to his spine.

      In all of the world's problems religion has never been the solution

      by Tailgunner30uk on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:33:13 PM PST

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      •  OK, I stand corrected. (4+ / 0-)
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        Tailgunner30uk, JeffW, KenBee, Dirtandiron

        At any rate it was a totally unforgiving machine throughout the entire flight envelope.  Even the ground crews must have had cast iron cojones to even fuel the thing.

        The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

        by Otteray Scribe on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:44:33 PM PST

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        •  No doubt. (6+ / 0-)

          But in a day when the maximum rate of climb was 3000-4000 feet per minute, to strap yourself into a plane capable of 14, 000 feet per minute climb and 650+ miles per hour, wouldn't any one want to try it at least once.

          In all of the world's problems religion has never been the solution

          by Tailgunner30uk on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:51:53 PM PST

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          •  That reminds me of the day after the Challenger (5+ / 0-)

            blew up.  I was having breakfast at home with my son and wife.  She said that a pilot would have to be crazy to go up in one of those.  Both son and I said, almost at the same time, that we would sign up for the next flight in a heartbeat.  Look at Hanna.  She makes it sound as if it was better than sex, and it may very well have been.  

            The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

            by Otteray Scribe on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:01:29 PM PST

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