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  •  Oh, the dreaded 7-engine landing (6+ / 0-)

    Although a B-52 once lost a flap on takeoff out of Nellis.  The departing flap truck tore a hole in the #2 fuel tank, causing massive fuel load imbalance, an elevator was damaged, and the crew had to fly for 7 hours in constant left-hand turns in order to burn the fuel load down enough for a safe landing at Edwards (the B-52 has no fuel dump mechanism).

    The crew got a well deserved air medal for saving themselves, that plane, and whomever it might have fallen on.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 11:06:10 PM PDT

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    •  We practiced 6-engine landings (7+ / 0-)

      We assumed that if one went it would take out the whole pod.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:07:57 AM PDT

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      •  It probably would have... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...considering that a thin aluminum bulkhead separates the pair of engines.  What kept it from happening was a combination of metallurgical advances and preventive maintenance.  Those engine data sheets you had to fill out every flight--with the blocks for EPR, fuel flow, RPM, temp, and throttle position--went a long way toward preventing inflight turbine wheel failures.

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

        by DaveinBremerton on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 09:34:52 AM PDT

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