Sunday, January 26, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

US Navy's 'Doomsday' plane taken out by a bird


Posted on Saturday, 19 October, 2019 | Comment icon 13 comments

Fortunately nobody was injured (aside from the bird). Image Credit: Public Domain
An aircraft designed to survive a nuclear apocalypse recently suffered a rather unfortunate mishap.
Designed to function as a mobile command-and-control center for US forces in the event of a nuclear war, the Boeing E-6 Mercury is equipped with systems that can withstand the electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear warhead exploding directly below it.

Sadly though, it's defensive capabilities against threats of an avian variety leave a lot to be desired.

In what has been officially described as a "Class A mishap", an E-6B Mercury was forced to make an emergency landing on October 2nd after a collision with a bird took out one of its engines.

The incident, which occurred near the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, caused over $2 million worth of damage.
"The engine has been replaced, and the aircraft has been returned to service," said Tim Boulay, a spokesman for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.

While bird strikes are not uncommon, the fact that an aircraft designed to survive a nuclear war can be brought down so easily by one is not exactly encouraging.

This isn't the first 'mishap' to befall the E-6B Mercury in recent months either - back in February a separate aircraft sustained damage after snagging a hangar at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

Let's hope there won't actually be any need for a doomsday-proof plane anytime soon.

Source: Live Science | Comments (13)

Tags: Doomsday

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by AstralHorus on 20 October, 2019, 3:46
Reminds me of the titanic lol
Comment icon #5 Posted by Timothy on 20 October, 2019, 4:38
Hiya. They test by cutting operational†engines mid-flight under controlled conditions. 4 turbine RPT jets are quite hardy, and once at cruising altitude, more so. (Volcanic ash or similar is one of the biggest natural threats once cruising at altitude.) Like @L.A.T.1961†said, itís OH&S to return after an unplanned failure or bird strike.† You have a tyre blowout, you donít continue to drive in it because you can. You get it fixed so that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition†and better equipped to avoid future issues.†
Comment icon #6 Posted by Tatetopa on 20 October, 2019, 7:28
Good point thanks.† I know most commercial planes can fly with one engine out but you are right they are going to land as quickly as possible. So Timothy, you know more than I do about it. thoughts on viability after a nuclear attack?† Won't there be dust and ash kicked up high in the atmosphere and similar to volcanic ash? Is a flying command and control center hardened enough to survive?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Farmer77 on 20 October, 2019, 7:34
While nothing in an engine is good, the specific melting temperature of volcanic ash is the problem in jet engines IIRC it turns into like a liquid glass.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Susanc241 on 20 October, 2019, 9:04
Not being†technically minded to the degree required here, I have always wondered why jet engines couldn?t be fitted with a mesh screen, perhaps domed shaped and with the rigid mesh having, say, two inch openings. That would stop birds like geese etc being ingested. Or perhaps such a mesh would just pre dice said birds into smaller pieces. What do you experts know?
Comment icon #9 Posted by AllPossible on 20 October, 2019, 10:54
Iceberg Dead Ahead *side swipes it*
Comment icon #10 Posted by AllPossible on 20 October, 2019, 11:31
This happened to me before but while I was on my bicycle. I was going probably 11mph but when I hit the pavement it didn't feel good
Comment icon #11 Posted by L.A.T.1961 on 20 October, 2019, 18:45
Jet engines are designed for maximum efficiency, if the engine intake is partially blocked it reduces air throughput and power. So engine design is a compromise between front aperture, aerodynamic†drag, fuel efficiency and power. They are also designed to withstand a bird strike but only up to a point.†† †
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jon the frog on 21 October, 2019, 22:17
Imagine a bird strike in the future Sabre engine... https://www.reactionengines.co.uk/sabre Other military plane didn't have the chance to come home...one B1b got a wing crushed by a pelican... https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-01-21-mn-37481-story.html †
Comment icon #13 Posted by kel_kel on 24 October, 2019, 4:09
Just attach a long spike sticking straight out of it- instant shish kabob.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6644835
277358
183471

 
Millions of desert locusts descend on Africa
1-26-2020
A plague of locusts of biblical proportions has been devouring vast swathes of crops across east Africa.
Fish farm plans rejected after 'fairies' warning
1-26-2020
A Scottish council recently received a letter warning that the lives of workers could be endangered by fairies.
Another 'Bigfoot' shows up on WSDOT webcam
1-26-2020
Authorities in Washington have recorded footage of a figure trudging through the snow near Snoqualmie Pass.
Space Force logo looks like it's from Star Trek
1-25-2020
President Donald Trump has revealed the official logo for the US Space Force - and it looks somewhat familiar...
Stories & Experiences
Dog and Jamaican statue
1-10-2020 | Canada
 
 
Life changing experience
12-19-2019 | Australia
 
Unexplained smoke or fog
12-19-2019 | West Texas, USA
 
He came in the night
12-19-2019 | CA
 
My reptilian encounter
11-24-2019 | Ireland and Australia
 
The day I found out I am immortal
11-24-2019 | Hialeah
 
Recent activity in my home
11-24-2019 | Kansas City, MO USA
 
The houndsman
10-26-2019 | Michigan, USA
 
Birthday balloon
10-26-2019 | Usa
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Why do we believe in conspiracies ?
Posted 1-17-2020 | 5 comments
A look at how the human race has effectively evolved to accept conspiracy theories.
 
NASA 2020: Are you ready ?
Posted 1-1-2020 | 3 comments
A look at what's coming up in the world of spaceflight this year.
 
Is it possible to levitate a human ?
Posted 12-15-2019 | 2 comments
Science enthusiast Rick Edwards attempts to unlock the secret of levitation.
 
What is the biocentric universe theory ?
Posted 12-6-2019 | 38 comments
TheoryInk takes a look at the concepts behind the idea of a biocentric universe.
 
Interview with Sophia the robot
Posted 11-21-2019 | 18 comments
The popular robot recently made an appearance on 'This Morning' in the UK.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ