Air-Minded: Waiting Until the Facts Are In (Updated 11/24/20)

I hope the investigations discover some heretofore unknown F-15 catastrophic failure mode and determine the pilot’s decision not to eject was motivated by heroism (like maybe he worried his jet would hit a North Sea oil rig and stayed at the controls to steer it away), but I don’t think it’s likely.

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Air-Minded: Gust Locks & Horse Parts (Updated)

I’ve been following news of the May 31 Gulfstream IV crash at Hanscomb Field in Bedford, Massachusetts. This was the executive jet carrying some VIP or other that reached a high speed on takeoff roll and then ran off the end of the runway and into a ditch, bursting into flame and killing everyone aboard. Preliminary NTSB reports are focusing on a […]

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