Originally posted February 12th, 2012.
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I would imagine the timing – space interval – is critical. I remember a crash in Dec 82 – Mather AFB – a similar (though smaller) exercise – I had heard the plane in the back got caught in the wake turbulence but in my short lookup today could not find evidence of that substantiating it – it crashed with 290,000 gallons of fuel
It’s not your math Bill, I read the article. 290,000 gallons of fuel would equate to about 2 million pounds of jet fuel. More along the lines of 29,000 gallons, which is still a monster amount (197,000 pounds). Interesting to note that folks on the ground always attribute heroic skills to the pilots, steering away from this and that. If’n you’ve lost control of the big jet, steering away from anything is not possible. That close interval stuff is dangerous at every step, doing it in calm winds has to be dicey.
You are right Busbob – I was wondering too if they were caught in wake turbulence could an extreme pitch have disrupted the airflow enough to stall one of more of the engines? Or was the crash just caused by some engine outs? I never remember reading a final report on that.
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