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    $180,000 for a windshield...



    Complete story here.

    He could have ejected...
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  • #2
    overkill. three guys with the $22,000 chainsaw when one guy with the $900 hammer would have done the trick
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    • #3
      Hah. Look at the pics on the site. That polycarbonate looks like it is 3/4" thick. That would probably stop a .50 cal
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      • #4


        "Why Me?"

        "Turn that F'ing camera off!"

        "When I get out of here I'm going to... !"

        "Damn engineers, why do I aways have to be the test monkey?"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Evan
          $180,000 for a windshield...He could have ejected...
          That would have been a case of premature ejectation?..

          Ken
          Ken.

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          • #6



            He kind of looks like the president.

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            • #7
              Lowest bidder strikes again
              I just need one more tool,just one!

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              • #8
                What a chicken boy

                Why didnt he just go manual override eject hit the explosive canopy bolts and walk away. Hm with guys like this protecting our skies it could get dicy in the future.

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                • #9
                  Well. At least he saved the plane. Something tells me the canopy is a lot cheaper than a whole aircraft.


                  As for looking like our president, flying f104s has got to be dead easy.

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                  • #10
                    ejection

                    "Why didnt he just go manual override eject hit the explosive canopy bolts and walk away. Hm with guys like this protecting our skies it could get dicy in the future"


                    a grounded jet one with an unknown canopy malfunction? Canopy jettison, canopy breakers and a 0/0 seat I'm sure it was discussed and the safer of the 2 alternatives was chosen, I'm sure he is well qualifed to "protect our skies"

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                    • #11
                      Man what a mess. Those firemen realy did a butcher job. I would say replacing the canopy is the easy part. I would not want to be the one to remove all that FOD from the cockpit. They should have called the guys from the fabrication shop.I think they would have been much neater.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tattoomike68



                        He kind of looks like the president.
                        Operator: Hello... BlondeStar how may we help you?

                        Caller: YES! BlondeStar... Umm yes I'm locked inside a plane can you help?

                        Operator: 1st... Stay calm. So you are locked inside the plane. Is it on the ground?

                        Caller: Yes it's on the ground and I can't get out the bubble is locked and won't open HELP!

                        Operator: Sir BlodesStar has sent a team to help... and a Photographer Ha ha ha.


                        Wow... where did the time go. I could of swore I was only out there for an hour.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by madman
                          Why didnt he just go manual override eject hit the explosive canopy bolts and walk away. Hm with guys like this protecting our skies it could get dicy in the future.


                          Those planes are like cars,most times windshields are cheaper than seats

                          Also I was once told that the pilot is the single most expensive part in a fighter jet,it's why they install ejector seats
                          I just need one more tool,just one!

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                          • #14
                            The Canopy costs $182,000 dollars. The canopy is the largest piece of polycarbonate formed in the world with the largest Zone 1 (highest quality) optics for compatibility with helmet-mounted systems.


                            HTRN
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                            • #15
                              HRTN, I think it may be a little bit more than just Polycarbonate, and I would guess it is a laminate of Acrylic/Polycarbonate/Acrylic. It probably has some ITO & Gold coating on it from looking at the tint in the pictures.

                              Abut 10 years my company in the UK was working with a company in Dallas on an entirely different project, and they were making these canopies for the F-16 and F-4 (did I get those numbers right?).
                              I got to visit over there a couple of times and it's a very interesting process to get it optically good enough to use in these applications. If you're interested I could write up a short description of how they do it.

                              Peter

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