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Started by XH558, Thursday,October 03, 2013, 15:05:45
Quote from: ***** on Thursday,October 03, 2013, 23:53:07 Ive watched it a few times now, its a well presented documentary and you actually feel you are part of the struggle to get her back in the air.
Quote from: ***** on Friday,October 04, 2013, 12:41:06 The engines were actually donated by the American Air Force, but after the catastrophe there didnt seem much left to salvage. No money was actually lost, as the whole venture was insured.The only loss was the aircraft itself.
QuoteTheir failure was not performing a preflight/pretaxi check of the aircraft. The ladder left in place was noted from the start and not only was the APU and its fuel supply jury rigged, it was needlessly left running. If it was switched off as soon as the first engine was started, it might have cooled sufficiently following engine start sequence was completed so as not to have ignited any spilled fuel to begin with. That small gasoline engine was a major fire risk that should have been dealt with. Leaving it poorly installed and left running while ship was moving was a major screw-up that was too painful to watch. The access ladder could have clipped the ground and damaged the hatchway or airframe if torn away from its points of attachment. The crew were talented, highly skilled men, but none the less careless knuckleheads. I would like to point out that it was also knuckleheaded of them to have relied on another antique aircraft, the ';62 Caribou, that was in marginal condition to rely upon as their lifeline and only source of transportation. That ship was not air-worthy and could have crashed a more than one occasion, especially the zero-flap landing with the bulldozer on board!
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