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Takeoff was aborted after striking a ... WHAT?

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  1. PSP

    PSP Ruler of Western Civilization's Geeky Nerds

    Jet aborts takeoff after 'fish strike' at Florida air base</h1> A jet departing from a Florida military base had to abort its takeoff because of a fish strike. Officials from the MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa tell<a href="http://tbo.com/list/military-news/fish-strike-interrupts-jets-takeoff-at-macdill-20140304/" title="http://tbo.com/list/military-news/fish-strike-interrupts-jets-takeoff-at-macdill-20140304/">The Tampa Tribune</a> a Gulfstream G-IV jet being flown by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hit a 9-inch sheepshead fish in the incident, which occurred in September.Bird strikes, of course, are a significant safety concern at airports across the nation. But, as you might expect, fish strikes are exceedingly rare. We were nearing the point in the takeoff where we needed to rotate, or raise the nose of the airplane off the ground, when an osprey with something in its claws flew in front of our aircraft, Lt. Cmdr. Nick Toth, one of the NOAA pilots operating the flight,<a href="http://www.amc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123401041" title="http://www.amc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123401041">says in an online story</a> published last month by the 6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs staff.The story is just now being picked up by local media in the Tampa Bay area.MacDill Air Force Base wildlife manager Lindsey Garven tells the Tribune she was called to the scene after last fall's incident to search the runway for a dead bird.But there was no bird to be found only a sheepshead fish, which the Tribunedescribes as silvery ... with black stripes on its sides. Base officials sent the fish and DNA from the aircraft to the <a href="http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/wildlife/smithsonian/" title="http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/wildlife/smithsonian/">Smithsonian Feather Identification Laboratory</a> in Washington, D.C., for analysis. It concluded that the jet did in fact strike a fish. This was the first fish strike we have had on base, Garven says.As for Toth, the pilot, <a href="http://www.amc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123401041" title="http://www.amc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123401041">he tells the base publication</a>: At first, we didn't believe the test results. There was no way we hit a fish during takeoff. I mean, how does something like that even happen? As comical as this event is, the underlying lesson is that vigilance with regards to wildlife on and around the runway is necessary to keep all aircrew and aircraft safe and to maintain our goal of mission readiness, Garven adds to <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/05/3975311/fish-strike-stops-jets-takeoff.html" title="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/05/3975311/fish-strike-stops-jets-takeoff.html">The Associated Press</a>. http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/03/05/jet-aborts-takeoff-after-fish-strike-at-florida-air-base/6087099/
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  2. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Administrator Staff Member

    [​IMG]So Sheephead fish are morphing into Flying fish? hahaha Poor bird lost it's meal. lol 
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