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« Reply #14212 on: Feb 1st, 2016, 06:49am »
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'Blind' RAF pilot saved by wingman who talked him down
Dramatic rescue at RAF Leeming during a routine training flight in a Hawk jet
By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent 8:00PM GMT 31 Jan 2016
An RAF pilot who lost his sight in the middle of a training flight was talked down through a safe landing by a comrade who flew behind him, it has been disclosed.
The dramatic rescue happened last week at RAF Leeming during a routine training flight in a Hawk jet.
The unnamed pilot radioed to base after he was suddenly lost vision because of a suspected medical problem while flying solo above North Yorkshire in the BAE Systems single-engine training jet.
At one point the pilot’s vision was so bad that commander’s considered having him eject into the North Sea because there was little chance he could land safely, sources said.
But the prospect of him suffering ejection injuries, as well as losing the plane led them to dispatch another pilot, Flt Lt Paul Durban, to try to talk him down.
Flt Lt Durban, a 39-year-old father of two who flew Tornados in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming an instructor at RAF Leeming, flew close behind the stricken pilot to talk him down.
A source said: “They think he had an infection in his eye and he just couldn’t see. The other pilot flew behind him and talked him down. They got him down safely and the plane is OK. Flt Lt Durban is fine too, though I think he was pretty exhausted.”
The RAF on Sunday confirmed the incident on January 28, but refused to comment on the condition of the stricken pilot. Sources said his vision was thought to have been affected by the sudden deterioration of an eye infection.
An RAF spokesman said: “During a routine training sortie on Thursday, one of our pilots temporarily suffered a partial loss of vision. To assist in the recovery of the aircraft to RAF Leeming, the pilot used the radio to request the assistance of a wingman and was promptly joined by another aircraft from the same squadron.
“The impaired pilot flew in formation back to RAF Leeming with the other aircraft where the pilot landed the aircraft uneventfully. Flying in formation, and conducting an approach to land as a formation, is a skill practised daily by RAF fast jet pilots.”
The RAF’s 100 Sqn use Hawk jets at RAF Leeming, near Richmond in North Yorkshire, to train forward air controllers and to act as enemy jets in practice missions. They are also flown by the RAF’s aerobatic team, the Red Arrows.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #14217 on: Feb 2nd, 2016, 08:28am »
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What is this mysterious object hovering in skies above Manchester? Shocked motorist pulls over to film strange smoking craft The black object was seen above Greater Manchester Sophie Birch, 23, a PA from Ashton-under-Lyne filmed the sight
She believes it might be aliens
By Harriet Mallinson Published: 06:50 EST, 2 February 2016
This is the moment a mysterious UFO is spotted 'hovering' in the skies above Greater Manchester.
Video footage shows what appears to be a black object in the air with dark grey trails streaming out behind it above Ashton-under-Lyne.
As the recording plays through, the UFO continues to fly through the air, but doesn't appear to move in any direction.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #14218 on: Feb 2nd, 2016, 08:35am »
In the last months of World War Two, Nazi Germany tested an experimental fighter more spaceship than aircraft.
Only now are we realising how inspired it was. BBC Future looks at the Horten Ho 229, one of aviation’s most futuristic designs.
By Stephen Dowling 2 February 2016
In December, US aircraft maker Northrop Grumman unveiled a revolutionary design for a future fighter aircraft that could, theoretically, fly over the war zones of the coming century.
Their concept looks more like a flying saucer than a fighter plane – it is what aviation experts call a ‘flying wing’, a design which ditches the traditional tail fin at the back. This design helps reduce the aircraft’s size, and creates a smoother shape – one less likely to bounce back radar signals being sent out to detect it.
It looks about as futuristic as fighter aircraft can get, but its genesis goes far further back than you think – to a truly groundbreaking jet fighter design built and flown in Nazi Germany in the dying days of World War Two.
That aircraft – the Horten Ho 229 – might be a footnote in aviation history, but it was so far ahead of its time that its aerodynamic secrets are still not completely understood. In fact, there’s a chief scientist at Nasa still working to discover just how its creators managed to overcome the considerable aerodynamic challenges that should have made it unflyable.