Just been trying to find out about taxiing with the safety's in the missiles, and I realized I'd never heard anyone talking about this before.
Saw footage on TV earlier today of a Eurofighter taxiing out with pins in the missiles. Apparently it is the result of a ground ops procedure "Last Chance checks and Final Arm" that is performed at the runway hold point.
I wondered - does the F-16 do this? The Tornados we've got out there did not. I'm wondering if it is related to the SMS and ground safe function?
Posted: May 22, 2013 - 9:34 AM
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AFAIK, USAF does the same thing for all fighter ops with saftied items and/or stores aboard. In fact the ARM/DE-ARM area is called "Last Chance". They not only pull the safeties but give the whole jet one last once-over before launch.
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