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||Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
||Involved in Mishap
||Preserved (museum, gateguard)
||LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
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Apr 09, 2011 - 06:08 AM
"649 CLSS Crash Damage Repair"
The article is wrong about this aircraft catching fire; perhaps the hole in the wing strake fuel cell may have caused some fire during the incident, but there wasn't any burn damage to the aircraft. The left Main Strut severed in half on landing and the left 370 tank saved this aircraft as the main wheel/tire virtually wedged into it and still continued to spin; allowing the bottom of the aircraft to remain off the ground. The bottom of the left wing tank was the only thing that impacted the dirt. HAFB Fire Dept shut down the engine (like) 10 minutes after the pilot ejected. The NLG and right MLG did not collapse at all. I was the crash damage assessor for this aircraft, assigned to the 649 CLSS, and subsequently became the dock chief for its repair. I think we quickly repaired this aircraft and rebuilt the cockpit within a year, and it was selected right after its repair as the new 388th Flagship assigned to the 34th. Cheers, Tailflash
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