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by mtskull
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Back in 2006, I was having an in-depth medical exam courtesy of a doctor who'd been involved in examining victims of the Kegworth crash. He told me that a high proportion of the victims he examined had been killed by glass duty-free booze bottles flying from the overhead lockers and striking them o...
by mtskull
Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

It's a long time since I read either report but my recollection is that the Kegworth crew were in a big hurry to get down and this clouded their problem solving process. If memory serves - and I'll look this up and read it tomorrow because this is my anoraky subject - the duff engine shed part of a...
by mtskull
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

....humans will still find a way to scupper themselves even with a checklist. There was the Kegworth accident where, had they bothered to read it properly and not thrown their aircraft at the ground, they'd likely have picked up that they'd shut down the wrong engine. Not quite; if they had just go...
by mtskull
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Clearly it can happen even on modern commercial airliners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKo4Eee7V3s I had to google that one; they made a nice job of the landing. A pity about the popped circuit breaker which prevented the alternate landing gear system from working; some airline managers I know ...
by mtskull
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

You then run the risk of a partial drop.. i.e. One leg dropping and the other two staying up. Then your in a world of hurt. In my most humble opinion better to belly land than try with one leg lowered. Maybe so in some tailwheel aircraft but with a tricycle configuration, received wisdom has always...
by mtskull
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Apparently it does have two pumps as you'd expect, and when the Green one failed, the Red one failed to supply pressure, likewise the RAT. I'm very surprised that there isn't a last resort manual pump or, at very least, a cable or linkage system by which the pilot could directly release the uplocks...
by mtskull
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

...and that Spitfire was already having engine runs today, yay! Just a few dented panels, but fortunately, no shock loading of the engine then. I haven't seen a video of the incident but, judging by the state of the propellor blades, it appears that it was windmilling rather than under power when t...
by mtskull
Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

The book has already provided the answer to my earlier ponderings as to why you need to be travelling at 90 knots to successfully eject at ground level in the Mk4 seat. I was wrong, it has nothing to do with the canopy; it is so that the parachute opens in the slipstream, as the ejection charge does...
by mtskull
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

My copy of "The Man in the Hot Seat" arrived today. Made the mistake of starting to read it straight away and haven't been able to put it down since.
Nigel, thank you again for the recommendation.
by mtskull
Tue May 30, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 463803

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

As you know, the 'canopy breakers' take the form of explosive charges in the canopy material that shatter it milliseconds before the seat leaves the aircraft, ensuring the ejection isn't impeded. Presumably the Sea Vixen didn't have this - hence the need to jettison the canopy manually. Please don'...