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Canadian Jet Fighter Trainer Bird Strike

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Uploaded on Jan 25, 2007

A Bird Strike, as seen through the HUD (heads-up display) of a two seat F16. You can see the bird just prior to impact. These guys were very cool note the heavy breathing...they certainly flew longer than one would expect before ejecting.

Airspeed can be observed on the HUDs upper left corner.
On the other hand, it just goes to show how quickly your day can go to pieces, 45 seconds from strike to ejection.

All-in-all not bad for the emergency checklist, two relight attempts, and picking out a plowed field for impact. You can follow the audio
attached to it and hear the conversation between the pilot and
instructor pilot and the tower including the pilot saying they were punching out. The tower didn't seem to copy the IFE transmission.

The video continues until impact. A classic "buying the farm" as you can See the plow rows get bigger. A real nice job from the aircrew by keeping their cool and turning the aircraft away from populated areas. You can hear the aircraft voice warning system telling them they have a problem and referring to the "D-6 NL" which means there is no engine RPM. There were 2 relight attempts. But, evidently there was too much damage from the bird strike and they had to get out. No one hurt and no one killed (apart from the bird...)

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