USAF Aircraft Collisions with Birds.
Statistical rept. 1 Jan-31 Dec 70.
DIRECTORATE OF AEROSPACE SAFETY NORTON AFB CA
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The document is a statistical report of USAF aircraft damaged by collisions with birds during 1970. There were 360 such occurrences 22 more than in 1969. One of these collisions was classified as a major accident as compared with two the previous year. In this case, the bird struck the T-38 nose antenna cover which disintegrated and entered both intakes. The FOD to the engines resulted in a power loss and subsequently both engines stalled. Both crew members ejected successfully however, the IP suffered burn injuries from the rocket seat rocket catapult. Windscreencanopy strikes continue to be the greatest hazard to aircrews. As in previous years, a substantial number of birds were ingested by engines. Author
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Safety Engineering