Wednesday, January 12 2011 @ 02:04 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: While serving in the US Air Force I spent a whole lot of time flying on different kinds of military aircraft as a crew member, C-130's, RC-135's, and AWACS primarily. There were any number of "in flight emergencies" (IFE) like these. The most memorable was a lightening strike off of the coast of Nicaragua somewhere in a C-130 that shut down three out of four engines, and the long-wire HF antenna detached from the front of the plant and wrapped around the vertical stabilizer. The flight crew managed to get us back to level flight from a dive, and then got two more engines restarted and we made it back home with #2 feathered. There's also a nighttime aerial refueling in an AWACS over the Caribbean somewhere that I still don't like to talk about - the pilot looked like he was 14 and he was shaking like a leaf. Anyway, things happen on airplanes, and fortunately for this flight crew they figured it out. Any landing you can walk away from, best kind.