• Anonymous coward on 2004-Jul-21 02:06:46 Anonymous coward said

    Fuel cap fell off. Pilot ejected and lived.
  • Anonymous coward on 2004-Nov-20 07:41:05 Anonymous coward said

    Osama got a new plane from the US goverment.
  • Anonymous coward on 2004-Dec-25 05:06:37 Anonymous coward said

    al wright
    Fuel cap FELL off I think not! a gazelle does this just as well when the cap is left off!( we are all human-well some more human than others)oops!
  • Anonymous coward on 2005-Jan-06 20:28:26 Anonymous coward said

    And you think your car can make a noise when it backfires...
  • Anonymous coward on 2005-Aug-30 10:09:21 Anonymous coward said

    either way, this still sucks. Talk about a bad day.
  • Anonymous coward on 2005-Sep-29 09:08:16 Anonymous coward said

    Never mind the fuel cap --- find out who was siphoning off JP-4!
  • Anonymous coward on 2005-Nov-02 12:17:52 Anonymous coward said

    The afterburner from hell!!
  • Anonymous coward on 2005-Nov-06 14:03:48 Anonymous coward said

    I was a mech working on the F/A-18. The fuel cap on the centerline drop tank failed, or was not properly secured. The fuel cap on the centerline is located on the starboard side, forward of the number 2 engine intake. The fuel system is under pressure from engine bleed air.
  • Anonymous coward on 2005-Nov-06 14:05:47 Anonymous coward said

    When the fuel cap failed on the centerline fuel tank, a fuel geyser resulted in fuel ingested into the engine intake of engine number 2. This created a compressor stall, which is really a glorified term for a backfire.
  • Anonymous coward on 2005-Nov-06 14:06:29 Anonymous coward said

    Click on this link and see and listen to an actual compressor stall... www.avpics.de/mov/civ/swiss330.mpg
  • Anonymous coward on 2005-Dec-30 17:03:25 Anonymous coward said

    WAFB 1956 T-33 fuel cap on fuselage tank leaked fuel into plenum intakes just on rotate. My wingman called out and pulled off my wing. I tighened chute for eject but not enough altitude. I lucked out!!!!
  • Anonymous coward on 2006-Feb-27 00:02:56 Anonymous coward said

    THATS A "HOT" HORNET.....huahuahauhau
  • Anonymous coward on 2006-May-02 07:42:18 Anonymous coward said

    Vander Marquall
    Fire the rocket boosters!!!!
  • Anonymous coward on 2006-Jun-15 03:30:41 Anonymous coward said

    if human's can fart, why not planes?
  • Anonymous coward on 2006-Nov-09 14:22:00 Anonymous coward said

    Well THERE'S a big waste of fuel Both ways.
  • Anonymous coward on 2006-Nov-10 16:31:58 Anonymous coward said

    In a hysterical display of flatulence, Larry reached back and lit a match
  • Anonymous coward on 2007-Dec-10 21:31:16 Anonymous coward said

  • Anonymous coward on 2008-Jan-20 02:43:26 Anonymous coward said

    This happened in early 1987. CAX, 29 Palms, CA. The pilot, XO for VMFA-122, ejected safely but suffered a broken big toe upon landing.
  • Anonymous coward on 2008-Jan-20 02:54:19 Anonymous coward said

    The Hornet continued for a good distance beyond the end of the runway. It finally stalled, then slammed to the ground with immense force. The engines hit so hard that they were no longer round, but were now flat on the side that was contacting the ground, resembling the letter D.
  • Anonymous coward on 2008-Jan-20 02:58:42 Anonymous coward said

    If the pressure is not correct for the external fuel tanks, the pilot will receive a warning and he will not be able to take off until it is fixed. Problems with over-pressurization of the centerline fuel tanks had been an issue with the F-18 that went back some time before 1987.
  • Anonymous coward on 2010-Mar-11 13:26:11 Anonymous coward said

    ex 122 6017
    Unauthorised fuel cell epair on low point drain with incorrect rivets led to the pencil drain failing when the tanks were pressurized on take off. Blamed the PC because the CO authorised the no-no fix.
  • Anonymous coward on 2010-Jun-18 19:20:35 Anonymous coward said

    I miss 29 Palms. NOT!
  • Rick on 2015-Mar-28 17:34:17 Rick said

    My unit, 2 Battalion 2nd Marines was conducting a month long CAX (Combined Arm Exercise) at 29 Palms that 7 Feb. of '87. I recall that crash vividly still. Half my platoon had some down time so we were engaged in "Rack-Ops" when we heard the jet start to take off. Suddenly the noise was off, like the engines had been shut down. A coupe of seconds later we heard what sounded like 10,000 aluminum cans being crushed. One of the other Sgts. casually commented; "Sounds like he crashed." We ran out, saw a huge plume of smoke and the pilot drifting down under his canopy. We ran to the top of a small rise where we saw the burning remains of the F-18. A loud hailer on the first fire truck warned us to take cover since the 20mm cannon was loaded and pointing our way. I took some pictures, but sadly have no clue where they went.
  • Witness on 2015-Jul-16 14:46:41 Witness said

    I remember the day this happened, 07FEB87. It was a sunny day. I also know the Marine who took this picture. The pilot was Lt. Col. P. Sullivan, our "XO" (executive officer) for squadron VMFA-122. (Another Marine and I asked him about what happened the day after the crash.) I didn't see the crash as it happened but I saw the immediate aftermath. I was coming from the PX, riding the back of an open HUMVEE and heading back to our area when I saw a huge plume of black smoke. As we got closer, I noticed that the smoke was coming from the runway area. As we passed the burning carbon fiber, magnesium, and aluminum, dense streams of soot fell from the air like black snow. Within a few minutes, the soot covered everything in our area. We were advised not to breathe that shit and we should stay in our hooches. The Hornet was in two big pieces. One engine was unattached, sitting about 30 feet away. The other was still in its bay but they were both no longer round. They were flat on one side where they hit the deck. I don't know how long that plane burned but it seemed like a long time, at least an hour. I think they just let it burn out because the debris was sitting in a part of the desert where you couldn't drive a car or even a motorcycle, let alone a fire truck.
  • Witness on 2017-Feb-14 11:35:21 Witness said

    According to the pilot, he got an ENGINE FIRE RIGHT warning and depressed the fire extinguisher, which is a ONE SHOT system. Then the ENGINE FIRE LEFT warning light came on. It was at this point that the XO decided to get the fuck out of there. He jettisoned his external stores. They tumbled and smashed the deck, putting holes in the aluminum runway. Then he popped the canopy, grabbed the ejection handle between his legs, and pulled up very hard. The XO said that the only thing he remembered after pulling the ejection handle was being shot up really fast and seeing (the ejection seat rocket) fire underneath his feet. The ejection sent him straight up, to a distance of 300' in less than half a second. This caused him to temporarily lose consciousness. On his way down and just before hitting the deck, he regained consciousness, only suffering a broken big toe. He was intercepted on the runway by several Marines who were working on the flight line at the time. It was the first time he ever ejected. The seat was a Martin Baker and it worked flawlessly. The Hornet was a total loss. Most of it came to rest way beyond the end of the runway, sitting in the desert and pointing toward the runway that it just came from. The empennage (which now only had one engine in it) broke away from the fuselage and was sitting about 40' away. Both pieces are mostly carbon fiber and were on fire, sending black soot up into the air for several hours. One engine was separated from the empennage, completely exposed and sitting about 30' away from the fuselage. A HAZMAT team was dispatched to the area, which included the photographer of this picture. There were several pictures of this event that he had taken but the film was confiscated by the S2 SNCOIC. Several months later, they did release one photo to him, a 4x6 print of the Hornet on fire. Just before I separated from the Corps, he showed me this picture. Never thought I'd see it again.
  • bigredlancer on 2018-Oct-06 17:43:28 bigredlancer said

    "7th February 1987 USMC F/A‑18A Bu No 161971 'DC' of VMFA‑122 caught fire on take‑off and crashed at Twenty Nine Palms, when centerline fuel tank cap was not properly secured and overpressurized blowing the cap off, sending fuel into both engines, causing dual engine failure. Pilot -Lt.Col. P. Sullivan - ejected safely"


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