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F-15 mid air breakup great Pics
#1
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!
AMAZING PICTURES!
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#2
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.
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#3
That was Amazing Pictures. Just  smallawesome, I'm glad he surived.
Once A Rogue, Always A Rogue!
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#4
Also amazing to think that all that probably took place in the span of about 1.2 seconds.
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