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F-15 mid air breakup great Pics
This happened several years ago but I had not seen this sequence of pictures.
Quote:..... Another Day in the Office .....
There I was, just flying along, enjoying the flight
at 20,000 ft, minding my own business.....
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And what's so cool is they actually pay me to do this!
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When....Hmmm.....What's that strange sound? Something feels different!
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Hey, why am I looking up?
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Whoa there. What the hell?? Controls aren't working.
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Time for a mirror check.....Hey, where's the rest of my F-15?
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Uh oh, it's over there.....I think I've got a definite.....
Aw, sh*t. What the hell is going on here.
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I gotta wonder, am I the first guy to ever experience a 'cockpit-airframe separation anxiety attack'??
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OK, enough is enough!....I'm outta here! But first, the canopy has to go.
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Phew.....At least that's now out of the way.....
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OK, now it's my turn. I'm gonna be gone as soon as I find that frickin' lower handle.
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Got it...... I'm gone !!!!!!

Kudos to the guy who took these pictures!
Just another 'average day at the office'?

It was determined that what caused this mid-air break up was the main "longeron" (stringer) behind the cockpit failed due to corrosion.

This 'incident' caused the USAF to ground its entire fleet of F-15s.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time for the photographer.....

and the wrong place at the wrong time for the pilot!
Thank God for ejection seats! Probably good he was flying solo and not at the time becoming a member of the mile high club. Hopefully the pilot was fine.
That was Amazing Pictures. Just  smallawesome, I'm glad he surived.
Once A Rogue, Always A Rogue!
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Also amazing to think that all that probably took place in the span of about 1.2 seconds.

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