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Kit-built plane lands despite explosion
upi ^ | May 10, 2010

Posted on 05/11/2010 10:45:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono

DENVER, - Authorities said a pilot was able to land a kit-built aircraft in Colorado despite the small plane's engine exploding and ripping off its wing.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot, identified as a 54-year-old man from Wellington, Colo., was able to guide the 4-year-old jet-powered Berkut to a field near Loveland and landed without injury at 10 a.m. Sunday, The Denver Post reported Monday.

FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said the turbo-shaft engine of the aircraft, which was deemed airworthy by FAA officials in 2006, exploded in mid-flight and the wings separated from the plane.

The FAA said more than 30,000 "amateur-built" planes have been registered in the United States.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Travel
KEYWORDS: berkut; jpb; kit; plane


1 posted on 05/11/2010 10:45:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

hoax?


2 posted on 05/11/2010 10:47:37 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: JoeProBono

3 posted on 05/11/2010 10:48:08 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: JoeProBono

He should have used gorilla glue.


4 posted on 05/11/2010 10:54:25 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: JoeProBono


This was a pretty advanced plane for a kit. Swept forward wings offer MANY advantages, but they need to be built VERY carefully or they break off.
The Russians tried this for some time (ultimate plane being the Sukhoi 47), but I think went with a more conventional swept back design.

With a not very huge engine, these small wings would probably let a plane hit MACh easily.

The problem always was getting up into modern-fighter combat territory (Mach 2 and up) as the wings would compress and snap off.

Be a hell of a private plane, though.
5 posted on 05/11/2010 10:54:56 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

6 posted on 05/11/2010 10:56:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Jewbacca


Ah, correction. This was NOT the Sukoi.

This is just a Ruttan Long EZ with a jet engine. Still a fun plane, though.
7 posted on 05/11/2010 10:57:40 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: JoeProBono

The Berkut spoke of in the article does not look like the SU 37 or SU 47. It is a nice looking canard.

Good looking aircraft. Wonder what kind of engine?


8 posted on 05/11/2010 10:57:47 AM PDT by texmexis best (My)
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To: JoeProBono

Wrong Berkut.


9 posted on 05/11/2010 10:57:55 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

Wrong Berkut. The one that crash-landed was an American kit-built pusher turboprop, not a Russian fighter.

TC


10 posted on 05/11/2010 11:00:36 AM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: JoeProBono

The plane may be registered in the Homebuilt-Experimental category but it is no kit plane.


11 posted on 05/11/2010 11:00:39 AM PDT by kik5150
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To: JoeProBono

hehe. I think THIS one was a derivative of the Long-EZ.


12 posted on 05/11/2010 11:01:18 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Jewbacca
Sharp eye!


13 posted on 05/11/2010 11:01:59 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Ha!
Ya put the wings on backwards!


14 posted on 05/11/2010 11:02:16 AM PDT by G Larry (DNC is comprised of REGRESSIVES!)
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To: JoeProBono
Helluva homebuilt.


15 posted on 05/11/2010 11:02:59 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: JoeProBono
TOTALLY diggin' the Mach 1 vapor trails!


16 posted on 05/11/2010 11:04:08 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: kik5150

Ha!
Some “left over parts” weren’t meant to be “left-over”....


17 posted on 05/11/2010 11:04:29 AM PDT by G Larry (DNC is comprised of REGRESSIVES!)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

So, I guess you didn’t read my 3 posts above yours, huh?


18 posted on 05/11/2010 11:04:47 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: JoeProBono
And in COMBAT, this homebuilt ultralight is UNPARALLELED!Look at a pair of them take out that F22 Raptor!


19 posted on 05/11/2010 11:05:40 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: JoeProBono

“Sharp eye!”

Well, I was a fighter pilot.


20 posted on 05/11/2010 11:06:11 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

Riiiiight. Tryin’ to tell me a lie that this wasn’t a Homebuilt. RIIIIIIGHHHHTTTT.....


21 posted on 05/11/2010 11:06:33 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: JoeProBono

I say poo pooh on this. The UPI cannot be trusted to know the difference between a wing and a canard. I say it wasn’t a wing until I see a photo.


22 posted on 05/11/2010 11:10:05 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: JoeProBono

is this the X29ski?


23 posted on 05/11/2010 11:10:49 AM PDT by newnhdad (The longest of journeys begins with one step.)
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To: Jewbacca

Now we have to read the article AND all the posts before commenting?


24 posted on 05/11/2010 11:11:29 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: JoeProBono
despite the small plane's engine exploding and ripping off its wing...

Don't you just hate when that happens?

25 posted on 05/11/2010 11:12:52 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Lazamataz

Check the alpha. He’s loaded up in slow flight. Nowhere near mach 1. The vapor trails from the wing tips come from high induced drag, as a result of slow flight or pulling G. You can see them frequently where you watch jetliners land, and it’s wet enough to see the condensation caused by the wingtip vortices.


26 posted on 05/11/2010 11:17:56 AM PDT by Gulf War One
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To: MarineBrat

Maybe it was the winglet/rudder on the end of one of the wings.

Those have fallen off of VariEZs before, with fatal results, however. Typically, when something falls off a Rutan design, they don’t wanna fly anymore.

(Of course, this is true of most planes, just moreso on such a highly optimized design)


27 posted on 05/11/2010 11:20:36 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Gov. Chris Christie (R) won the NJ-6 held by Rep. Frank Pallone (D) by a 15.5% margin!)
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