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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fire on Aircraft Carrier

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Awesome job by the crew of the USS CARL VINSON recently.  Check out how they handled a recent fire on their flight deck:

The F/A-18C Hornet is from the VFA-113 Stingers based out of NAS Lemoore in California and currently on deployment in the Arabian Sea.  Everyone that deploys on an aircraft carrier goes to firefighting school.  This incident shows why.

One engine catches fire then the other one lights off too.  In a span of a couple of seconds, so much is happening.  The pilot is going through his emergency procedures.  I'm not a Hornet guy but I'm guessing the throttles are coming off, fuel and hydraulics are getting cut off to the engine, ignition switches are getting cut off and he's looking to egress out of that jet.  The Air Boss in the tower is probably on the radio with a few calculated words.  The CO of the ship and Navigator are thinking about the best course of action for the ship.  The search and rescue helo is snuggling up closer to the ship just in case.  The rest of the airwing that's still airborne are re-calculating their fuel ladders and conserving gas because they're not sure how long until the flight deck will be cleared to take them.  It's never a dull day on the carrier.  Well, maybe on a no-fly day.  Man, I miss it.


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