Re: Sea Harrier crash
- From: "PDR" <peter.rieden@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 16:14:55 +0100
"DJC" <David.Crompton[at]baesystems.com> wrote in message
Paging PDR, paging PDR... :)
Oh the mirth!
Eh, what? Who me? Oh, I see...
The aircraft in question isn't a Sea Harrier, it's an RAF Harrier GR7 flying
at an air display at Lowestoft in (IIRC) 2002 flown by an RAF squadron
pilot. The aircraft was doing the the hovering parts of its display with a
few manoeuvers and at one point started descending slightly. The pilot
applied a bit more power to compensate but [he reported] the throttle
response seemed a little slow so the pilot initiated a standard recovery to
wingborne flight.This process involves sweeping the throttle lever to the
fuill-power position, but for some reason (which the pilot said he was at a
loss to explain) he did this with an open hand, sweeping both throttle and
nozzle levers to the fully forward position. With zero airspeed,
accelerating power and the nozzles full aft the aeroplane reluctantly
complied with Newton's regulations and transformed itself into a brick, and
then a wet brick.
The airframe was recovered and assessed Cat 3 - I believe it is scheduled
for conversion into a GR9 at the JUMP facility and return to service some
time early next year.
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