By lex, on April 15th, 2011
Some pretty solid work here by the Crash and Smash/V-1 crew aboard CARL VINSON.
Accompanying the Navy-released video:
An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 experienced an engine fire following a touch-and-go landing aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) April 11. The pilot was able to execute a single-engine approach and land on board. Upon landing, the aircraft fuselage became engulfed in flames. Carl Vinson’s Crash and Salvage team, assigned to Air Department’s V-1 Division, responded immediately with the P-25 mobile fire fighting vehicle along with the flight deck emergency hose team. The aircraft fire was extinguished using aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), and the pilot exited the plane uninjured. No flight deck personnel were injured in the mishap.
An awful lot of training goes into developing this kind of teamwork. All of it time wasted until the moment that it isn’t.
You’ll note that the first responders used high pressure water to beat the flames back away from the cockpit and fuel tanks, while the hose runners used AFFF to suffocate the fuel-fed fire.
“Relieve the nozzle man!”