The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

World's Most Expensive (and worst) Rave

From The Aviationist:
According to “youmustvotenato”, the user who posted it to Reddit, the following picture was taken after the fire suppression system base went off because of a spark from a welder set.

Clearly visible in the image an F-15 belonging to the 85th TES (Test and Evaluation Squadron), an F-16 of the 40 FLTS (Flight Test Squadron), and an A-10 (most probably belonging too to the 46th Test Wing): based on the the tail codes, the hangar must have been one used by the 46th TW at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

The foam generators suspended from the ceiling released suppressant similar to soap that submerged the planes in the hangar. It takes two minutes to fill a 90,000 square-foot hangar with more than three feet of  two percent high-expansion biodegradable foam.

Well that doesn't sound too bad, does it? Until you read this comment posted at Reddit:

The A-10 having it's cockpit open isn't even the big one in here. You can see that panels are open on the wing of the F-15. Being in a hanger and having the 2 stands, canopy cover, and speed brake strut installed leads me to believe it's in it's phase inspection. That means that a huge portion of the jet's panels are probably removed. One of the guys I work with had this happen at a previous base (it may even be this exact instance) and it took them at least a month or two to test every system on the jet. It would take a couple months to get the jet fully re-certified for normal sorties after something like this.

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