BIRD STRIKE CAUSES AIR FORCE PLANE TO DROP 3 TRAINING BOMBS ON FLORIDA
So we’ve all heard about bird strikes, haven’t we? You know, when a bird strikes a plane and causes all sorts of mayhem? It usually involves a bird sucked into a jet engine, pretty much ending that engine mid-flight. Remember that passenger plane and the emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River? Well, this is like that. But a military plane this time. An Air Force plane suffered a bird strike last week which caused it to drop 3 training bombs on the state of Florida. Well, training bombs is better than the real thing, right?
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US AIRPORTS REPORT MORE THAN 14,000 BIRD STRIKES EVERY YEAR
The plane was a A-10C Thunderbolt II, pictured above. So yes, that’s kind of scary. Oddly, we don’t hear too much about bird strikes on military planes. But that’s kind of amazing, considering there are more than 14,000 bird strikes at US airports every single year. Yet this time, it was indeed a military plane which was carrying training ordinance. But somehow, the bird striking the plane caused it to release its payload, a trio of bombs.
IF YOU FIND THE MISSING TRAINING BOMBS, PLEASE DON’T TOUCH THEM
This happened last week on July 1st, roughly 54 miles southwest of the Moody Air Force base. The Thunderbolt II was on a training mission and was carrying a payload of 3 25-pound BDU-33 training bombs. These are used to simulate the much scarier (and heavier) 500-pound M1a-82 bombs. Because the bird strike and the bomb release was unexpected, the Air Force isn’t exactly sure where they landed. Their best guess is, “…in the general vicinity of 2 kilometers west of Highway 129 near Suwannee Springs.”
But if you find them, just call it in. They still have a pyrotechnic explosive charge which could be dangerous.