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Dutch F-16 pilot strafes range control tower
Flight International ^ | 11/6/13 | Anno Gravemaker

Posted on 11/06/2013 3:48:29 AM PST by Yo-Yo

The Royal Netherlands Air Force has launched an investigation after a Lockheed Martin F-16AM pilot accidentally strafed the control tower at the Vliehors range on the island of Vlieland during a training flight on 4 November.

During the incident, several live rounds from the aircraft's 20mm cannon caused minor damage to the tower. Two controllers who were inside the building at the moment of the attack were not injured.


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TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: aerospace
"Negative, Ghostrider. The pattern is full."
1 posted on 11/06/2013 3:48:29 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo

Must be a Dutch ‘Topper Harley”


2 posted on 11/06/2013 3:51:31 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Yo-Yo; All

“Two controllers who were inside the building at the moment of the attack were not injured.”

But due to the outstanding preparedness, and security planning for just such an event, the lockers containing spare undergarments was utilized and fully implemented as designed...

So far the government has not classified this as an act of terrorism...

;-)


3 posted on 11/06/2013 3:51:35 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Yo-Yo

"Two controllers who were inside the building at the moment of the attack were not injured.....but each were 6 lbs lighter"

4 posted on 11/06/2013 3:54:00 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Yo-Yo

Hahahaha...what is the Dutch equivalent of the call sign “Sniper”...:)


5 posted on 11/06/2013 3:54:39 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Yo-Yo
"...Two controllers who were inside the building at the moment of the attack were not injured..."

Though they DID need to change their pants!

6 posted on 11/06/2013 3:55:38 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Doogle

Hehehehee...GMTA! Ya beat me!


7 posted on 11/06/2013 3:56:19 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Taxman

This ping is no *accident*.


8 posted on 11/06/2013 4:04:48 AM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: Yo-Yo

At my base in Georgia we had a 30mm gun pod that was shimmed + 5 instead of minus 5. At the range the pilot shot the nose off his F4 and I can tell you 30mm does an amazing job penetrating Trailer park armor...


9 posted on 11/06/2013 4:11:31 AM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms....."e)
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To: Yo-Yo

Was the pilot screaming Allah !”????


10 posted on 11/06/2013 4:29:37 AM PST by DownInFlames
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To: Yo-Yo

RULE NUMBER ONE: Always Point Your Fighter Jet in a Safe Direction.

RULE NUMBER TWO: Keep Your finger OFF the Trigger

RULE NUMBER THREE: Always treat Your Fighter jet as if it is LOADED


11 posted on 11/06/2013 4:34:55 AM PST by left that other site (.)
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To: Yo-Yo

This is exactly what I’d expect from a military with a union.


12 posted on 11/06/2013 4:38:20 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Kinda sounds like the Tower Duty is about equal to being stationed in the Aleutian’s + live ammo.

A Posting that NOBODY wants.


13 posted on 11/06/2013 4:52:00 AM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: left that other site

Hey, a target’s a target!


14 posted on 11/06/2013 4:53:25 AM PST by twister881
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To: Kozak

When I was on the range and the A10s would come over firing into the impact area. I always hope they were on target and I always wondered where their casings were falling.


15 posted on 11/06/2013 5:05:49 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: twister881

LOL!


16 posted on 11/06/2013 5:12:36 AM PST by left that other site (.)
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To: Yo-Yo
Ooops.

5.56mm

17 posted on 11/06/2013 5:15:08 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Yo-Yo

Nice shootin’, Top van Gun.


18 posted on 11/06/2013 5:28:37 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Yo-Yo

Probably owed the guy in the control tower a poker debt.


19 posted on 11/06/2013 7:26:26 AM PST by wildbill
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To: riverrunner
I always wondered where their casings were falling.

I don't think the A-10 dropped their casings, as it'd be big trouble if one got sucked into an engine. The casings are fed back into a storage bin.

20 posted on 11/06/2013 8:03:26 AM PST by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: Yo-Yo

“Former pilot”. That is the corrected title.


21 posted on 11/06/2013 8:09:37 AM PST by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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To: slowhandluke

I always wondered what happen to them


22 posted on 11/06/2013 8:48:33 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: Yo-Yo
The first questions that come to mind: 1) was this an incredibly bad pilot that could not recognize the control tower from the intended target or 2) could the strafing by the Dutch pilot be intentional?

Things for investigators to look at: 1) was the pilot gay, did he have a bad fight with his/her lover, and did the lover work in the control tower; 2) was the pilot a Muslim convert getting in touch with his inner Jihadist; or 3) bad eyesight?

23 posted on 11/06/2013 10:26:42 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: slowhandluke
“I always wondered where their casings were falling.”

Airborne Gatling guns such as the M61A1/A2 (20mm), GAU-12/U (25mm), and GAU-8/A (30mm) use a link-less feed system that does not use links and re-stows the fired cases back into the ammunition drum. The reason is because high speed jets would shoot themselves down with any links and expended cases ejected overboard.

24 posted on 11/06/2013 10:35:33 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Yo-Yo

There’s a lot of stuff that has to go ‘wrong’ for that sort of thing to happen.

All of them involve direct (willful) pilot action.

Including placing the pipper on target before pulling the trigger.


25 posted on 11/06/2013 10:37:24 AM PST by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: Daffynition; Taxman

I was just about to ping him myself. I’m interested in what Taxman has to say about this.


26 posted on 11/06/2013 10:49:55 AM PST by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- <<http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: MasterGunner01
unlike days of yore when linkage and brass coming in during a gun run could ruin your day if you got hit by them...
27 posted on 11/06/2013 3:52:53 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
This only applies to fast movers (jets). Helicopters still dump brass and links overboard. So, if you're on the ground and getting helo gunship support — duck and cover because it's raining links and brass.
28 posted on 11/06/2013 4:22:28 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01
yeah, i was talking A4's F4's F100's and the like... 300-400mph rain can ruin your day
29 posted on 11/06/2013 4:29:26 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: B4Ranch; Daffynition

Sh!t Happens? I have no clue what caused the errant fire.


30 posted on 11/06/2013 7:13:36 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

That’s not just a matter of pressing the trigger, is it? You have to align the fuselage to the target first?


31 posted on 11/06/2013 9:16:15 PM PST by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- <<http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: B4Ranch

Those rounds go where the plane is aimed


32 posted on 11/06/2013 9:16:54 PM PST by GeronL
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To: GeronL

That’s what I was thinking. I wonder if the controller was messing with the pilots woman?


33 posted on 11/06/2013 9:18:25 PM PST by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- <<http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: B4Ranch

lol


34 posted on 11/06/2013 9:26:20 PM PST by GeronL
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To: Yo-Yo

For some reason, I was thinking more of the bit where Stinger’s chewing them out earlier in the movie.


35 posted on 11/06/2013 9:48:35 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: B4Ranch

I really don’t have any information that could shed light on this incident, as I am not conversant with the F-16 fire control system.

HST, one generally does not aim one’s gun at something one does not want to shoot at.

Probably will come down to a pilot error incident.


36 posted on 11/07/2013 3:02:54 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Yo-Yo

Never bring a microphone to a cannon fight.


37 posted on 11/07/2013 3:08:28 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Chode
Dumping brass and links only works up to just over 400 knots. The A-4, F-4C/D, and F-100 could get away with it due yo the location of their intakes (the engine could not ingest the links and brass). The F-4E put a 20mm M61 rotary gun in the nose and went with internal stowage. Ditto the F-104 and F-105. The F-101, F-102, and F-106 carried missiles only. The A-1E/H Skyraiders never worried about it with that big R-3350 radial engine up front.
38 posted on 11/07/2013 4:12:19 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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