Date: Wed, May 12, 2010 at 10:02 AM
Subject: FW: Hello Houston – I've Got A Problem Here!
Houston we have an F-15 problem……
This is awesome. I'm not sure I would have been so calm.
This 'incident' caused the USAF to ground its fleet of F-15's.
There I was just flying along, enjoying the flight…
And what's so cool is they actually pay me to do this!
Hmmm… What's that strange sound? ? Something feels different!
Hey, why am I looking up?
Whoa here. What the hell? ? Controls aren't working.
Time for a mirror check.. ? Hey, where's th e rest of my F-15?
Uh oh, it's over there. ? I think I've got a definite 'Aw, sh*t' going on here.
I gotta wonder, am I the first guy to ever experience 'cockpit-airframe separation anxiety?'
OK, enough is enough! ? I'm outta' here. ? But first the canopy has to go…
Hey that's GREAT! ? It worked as planned. ? Things are looking up now!
OK, now it's my turn. ? I'm gonna be gone – soon as I find that frickin' lower handle.
Oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about.
How about the guy who took these pictures… Just when it looks like it's going to be just another 'average day at the office'.. You never know!?
What caused the mid air break up? The main "longeron" (stringer) behind the cockpit failed due to corrosion…