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Harrier crash this afternoon in Havelock, NC

Old 05-20-2019, 04:24 PM
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Default Harrier crash this afternoon in Havelock, NC

Limited info so far, but it was reported that the pilot ejected and walked away.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by DrDanH View Post
Limited info so far, but it was reported that the pilot ejected and walked away.

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Pardon our noise, it's the sound of freedom.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:09 PM
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Pardon our noise, it's the sound of freedom.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:38 PM
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Hoping the pilot is fine.
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Originally Posted by Fish_DOut View Post
Hoping the pilot is fine.
Pilot ejected safely and walked away.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:26 PM
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Coolest plane I’ve ever seen. Glad the pilot is safe.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:36 PM
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Happened literally in my rear view mirror. Damn, so glad the pilot made it down safely! That part of the Croatan had a ton of trees downed during Florence and the loggers finished cutting it two weeks ago and there was a brush fire there last week. The big guy upstairs must have preparing a safe landing spot for him!
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:59 PM
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Happened literally in my rear view mirror. Damn, so glad the pilot made it down safely! That part of the Croatan had a ton of trees downed during Florence and the loggers finished cutting it two weeks ago and there was a brush fire there last week. The big guy upstairs must have preparing a safe landing spot for him!
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:44 PM
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Harriers still flying? Watched 3 of them many years back that flew in from a Brit aircraft carrier to land on a local military field. Did a low flyover, then one hovered down and 'parked', while the one next to it hovered along the runway, and the third one sort of stood on it's tail and went vertical. Was impressive to watch.
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We called them Widowmakers for a good reason. I wrenched avionics for VMA-542 based in CP. Lost quite a few in the 10 years I was in...

Glad to read the pilot was ok.
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The running joke in my squadron about ten years or so ago was “what’s the best way to get your hands on a harrier?..... Buy some land in eastern North Carolina and eventually one will land on your property.

Had many buddies who flew harriers. Glad to hear the pilot landed safely.
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I was at Cherry Point at the NARF for 8 years. We got the first Harriers that were all British for depot level maintenance.
That bird killed a lot of pilots. With the delay to blow the canopy the plane would be upside down and eject the pilot towards the ground.
There was a "joke" that they crash without even getting off the ground when one on the flight line had a landing gear collapse while parked.
Good to hear the pilot is ok.
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Someone once told me that if you want a static display aircraft in your yard, move near a harrier base and eventually you'll get one. Glad everyone is ok.
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I've been backpacking in there many times and those flyovers will absolutely destroy your eardrums. Glad to hear the pilot is ok and no one on the ground was hurt.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:46 AM
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The news does sometimes sensationalize just a tad. This pilot did an awesome job putting the aircraft down in just about the only safe area he had available other than the water. We were in the ferry line and there were several doing approaches over the Neuse river like usual, this one peeled off and put her down nearly dead center in that recently logged out area, the only clear space around. Plane looked like it was just getting refueled with the tanker truck this morning, but they were pumping out of course.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:10 AM
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Spent 8 yrs flying Harriers out of Cherry Point, flew Super Cobras for 7 yrs prior to my transition to the AV-8B...don't think there is a Harrier pilot that doesn't have a story to tell about a close call. Demanding aircraft to fly that is unforgiving when mistakes are made. Don't know the specifics of this incident but it sure sounds as though the pilot did an excellent job of putting the plane down in a safe area and safely ejecting. Bravo Zulu to him.
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Originally Posted by ColTom View Post
Spent 8 yrs flying Harriers out of Cherry Point, flew Super Cobras for 7 yrs prior to my transition to the AV-8B...don't think there is a Harrier pilot that doesn't have a story to tell about a close call. Demanding aircraft to fly that is unforgiving when mistakes are made. Don't know the specifics of this incident but it sure sounds as though the pilot did an excellent job of putting the plane down in a safe area and safely ejecting. Bravo Zulu to him.
Thank you for your service sir.
And to all you other guys responding, prior service, Thank you also.
Inflight refueling of the AV8 from the KC-10 was interesting also.

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