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Grizzly bear eats aeroplane in Alaska
blogs.timeslive ^ | November 10, 2009 | Paul Ash

Posted on 11/10/2009 8:52:50 PM PST by MamaDearest

Bush pilots know that wildlife can be a hazard to your health. Aircraft have collided with giraffes and other large animals on various remote African airstrips, and there are numerous stories of downed pilots being hassled by predators after making forced landings out in the boonies. Lion and hyena are also know to be partial to certain aircraft components, tyres being a documented favourite of the big cats. My father was once left with the (hefty) bill after a gang of hyenas chewed his wingtip navigation lights and strobes (both wings) and then did a runner after dinner.

These pictures from an an un-named, hapless but entirely resourceful Alaskan bush pilot take aircraft gastronomy to new heights, however. It seems the owner of this 1958 Piper Cub – a wood-and-fabric taildragger popular with backcountry pilots – had been on a long fishing trip and after landing one day neglected to clean the aircraft properly.

The fishy aroma attracted a passing grizzly bear who, clearly frustrated at not being able to see the lovely “noms” it could smell, took the plane apart in an effort to find it. Aircraft fabric is no match for bear claws. The bear also chomped both tyres for good measure, then departed the scene.

Alaskans are a hardy bunch, however – as tough as the aircraft they fly. The pilot radioed for two new tyres, three cases of duct tape and a couple of rolls of cellophane to be flown in so he could repair his craft and get home.

The result: an ugly but utilitarian repair job. Like they say, the world really is held together with duct tape. So, campers, never leave home without it!


TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: airplane; alaska; grizzly
Photos on link
1 posted on 11/10/2009 8:52:51 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: MamaDearest

Wow. Nice photos at the link.


2 posted on 11/10/2009 9:01:39 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: MamaDearest


3 posted on 11/10/2009 9:05:40 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: MamaDearest

One of the reasons I gave up the dream of bush pilot...

A man on his own.. 50 Lbs of cat chow/A gun

A wrecked plane/and a bear

lOl


4 posted on 11/10/2009 9:05:57 PM PST by mylife
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To: DUMBGRUNT

check this out.


5 posted on 11/10/2009 9:06:57 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: MamaDearest

You can do anything with ducktape.


6 posted on 11/10/2009 9:08:38 PM PST by ThomasThomas (I don't have time to Procrastinate)
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To: mountn man

Ping to show the guys at work tomorrow


7 posted on 11/10/2009 9:10:00 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: MamaDearest

8 posted on 11/10/2009 9:10:07 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife

Did you see the photos on the website link (theirs)? It’s one of the most creative uses of duct tape I’ve ever seen.


9 posted on 11/10/2009 9:10:28 PM PST by MamaDearest (Death panels, Abortions, Taxing us to death, Medicare cuts = Democrat goals for Leadership)
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To: MamaDearest

Its done all the time.

Not for the feint of heart


10 posted on 11/10/2009 9:12:12 PM PST by mylife
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To: machogirl
The pilot radioed for two new tyres, three cases of duct tape and a couple of rolls of cellophane to be flown in so he could repair his craft and get home.

Oh Ping-a-Ling!

11 posted on 11/10/2009 9:13:54 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: MamaDearest
three cases of duct tape and a couple of rolls of cellophane to be flown in so he could repair his craft and get home.

Lol. It looks like he used them all. Did a good job too.
12 posted on 11/10/2009 9:16:45 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Yonder stands your orphan with his gun)
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To: MamaDearest

DUCT TAPE BUMP!


13 posted on 11/10/2009 9:17:00 PM PST by Publius6961 (¬Öhe's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: MamaDearest
Uh, a moose bit my sister?

(That title is secret FReeper code, yes?)
14 posted on 11/10/2009 9:17:02 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: ThomasThomas

Who knew Red Green could fly...:o)


15 posted on 11/10/2009 9:23:31 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: pillut48
(That title is secret FReeper code, yes?)

Only for those FReepers who Jim Robinson gave secret decoder rings!

16 posted on 11/10/2009 9:25:43 PM PST by MamaDearest (Death panels, Abortions, Taxing us to death, Medicare cuts = Democrat goals for Leadership)
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To: mylife

LMAO !

Cat chow an a gun.

HAT Hurricane Survival 101 ?


17 posted on 11/10/2009 9:26:32 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos; fanfan
Who knew Red Green could fly...:o)

I've heard that show is no longer being made. I confess, I watched it!

18 posted on 11/10/2009 9:27:16 PM PST by MamaDearest (Death panels, Abortions, Taxing us to death, Medicare cuts = Democrat goals for Leadership)
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To: MamaDearest
Wha...???

Some guy named Jim Thompson promised to mail me a secret FReeper decoder ring in the mail if I sent him a $200 cashier's check!!

Was that wrong of me??

;-)
19 posted on 11/10/2009 9:29:01 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: ThomasThomas

As far as I’m concerned, duct tape is the most valuable invention of the 20th century.


20 posted on 11/10/2009 9:33:11 PM PST by Mobties
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To: MamaDearest

Aeroplanes taste like chicken.


21 posted on 11/10/2009 9:35:49 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Squantos

And here's the pilot.

22 posted on 11/10/2009 9:46:50 PM PST by smokingfrog (Well, are you gonna draw those pistols or whistle Dixie? Spit!)
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To: smokingfrog

The girls may not consider ya handsome but they will find ya handy ?

Or sumpthin like that...:o).


23 posted on 11/10/2009 9:51:57 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: MamaDearest

Loved it ....you can buy the DVD’s for each season

Greatest party tapes ever IMO !


24 posted on 11/10/2009 9:54:50 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos
Loved it ....you can buy the DVD’s for each season

Me too. He's just a low maintenance type guy (and I like that in a guy - specifically my hubby who always thinks of the easiest ways to do things - eyes rolling). The duct tape on the plane was classic low maintenance (but very adept) workmanship.

25 posted on 11/10/2009 10:09:32 PM PST by MamaDearest (Death panels, Abortions, Taxing us to death, Medicare cuts = Democrat goals for Leadership)
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To: MamaDearest

In June 2005, we had a close encounter with the biggest black bear I have ever seen (approx 800 lbs) on a heli glacier landing adventure near Skagway. With permission, we had walked away from the group to explore another section of the ice field above the glacier.

My DH and I were the last ones on board as the bear approached the pair of choppers. The group didn’t notice the bear, but the other pilot did and ordered everyone to load up.

The bear was continuing to approach our chopper and was only 60 feet away when the pilot fired up the blades. That finally scared him away.

The other pilot radioed our pilot and told him about the approaching bear and that he thought that DH and I were going to end up as bear lunch. We have some great pictures. We were then known on our cruise ship as the people with the bear pictures.


26 posted on 11/10/2009 10:22:16 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing Freeper)
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To: MamaDearest; 300winmag; wardaddy; Lurker; Eaker; Tijeras_Slim; Jeff Head

Has to be if the guy is gonna fly that thing !

Side note: consider Gorilla Tape vs 3M’s Duct Tape.....more better imo.

Nite !


27 posted on 11/10/2009 10:29:29 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: ThomasThomas
LOL Everytime something broke in the house or garage, including kids bikes, my husband would call, bring me the duct tape....

With my dad everything got fixed with Bondo...

28 posted on 11/10/2009 10:30:45 PM PST by goat granny
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
We were then known on our cruise ship as the people with the bear pictures.

That sounds like quite an adventure. Certainly it's one you'll never forget.

A friend of mine saw multiple grizzlies (close up) within the park about three weeks ago when she vacationed at Glacier.

29 posted on 11/10/2009 10:42:57 PM PST by MamaDearest (Death panels, Abortions, Taxing us to death, Medicare cuts = Democrat goals for Leadership)
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To: Brad's Gramma

That duct tape, good for what ails ya. Better start carrying a roll around in my purse.


30 posted on 11/10/2009 11:07:51 PM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: machogirl

.......or two or three...... :) :) :)


31 posted on 11/10/2009 11:48:33 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: MamaDearest


32 posted on 11/11/2009 12:25:08 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: JoeProBono
There goes the neighborhood.


33 posted on 11/11/2009 12:26:16 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

lulz..h/w etc


34 posted on 11/11/2009 12:33:29 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (There was a hole here. It's gone now.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Now if the duct tape can kill those darn scorpions..........


35 posted on 11/11/2009 12:35:57 AM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: machogirl

Ewwwwwwwww............I forgot you’d have those things...


36 posted on 11/11/2009 12:39:32 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: mountn man

Guess that’s why the call it ONE HUNDRED MILE AN HOUR TAPE!


37 posted on 11/11/2009 4:09:00 PM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT
We used Racer Tape. A type of "duct" tape on steriods. Great for taping body parts to the car to prevent them from flying off.

Some times called 200 or 300 mph tape.

38 posted on 11/11/2009 4:48:31 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: MamaDearest
The guys on Myth Busters made a small sail boat completely out of duct tape. Sail and all. just a handfull of metal bars for ribs and then TAPE
39 posted on 11/11/2009 4:52:27 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Knock on wood, they leave me alone. I have cats, :)


40 posted on 11/11/2009 5:10:36 PM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: MamaDearest
That bear had better luck than his cousin, who tried biting off a piece of the USS Connecticut.


41 posted on 11/11/2009 5:13:12 PM PST by Pan_Yan (All gray areas are fabrications.)
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To: machogirl

yipppeee skippy!!

;)


42 posted on 11/11/2009 5:40:18 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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