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Now that's what I call a dive bomber: Greek fighter jet salvaged from the Aegean Sea
The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 24th June 2011

Posted on 06/24/2011 8:42:12 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Now that's what I call a dive bomber: Greek fighter jet salvaged from the Aegean Sea

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 3:43 PM on 24th June 2011

This Mirage 2000 fighter bomber of the Greek Hellenic airforce was rescued from a watery grave after it crashed into the Aegean sea.

The two-seater aircraft went down on June 9 this year after running into trouble while on an exercise with two other jets near the island of Samos.

Both pilot and co-pilot were able to eject safely and were rescued before being taken to Athens Military hospital.

Embarrassingly for the Greeks the accident happened just a day after one of their F-16 fighters caught fire while taking off from Souda air base on the island of Crete.

A team attached cables to the stricken plane earlier this week before carefully hoisting it to the surface during the successful salvage operation early this week.

Black Hawk Drown: The Greek Mirage fighter bomber lies at the bottom of the Aegean Sea

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aegean; fighter; greece; mirage2000

1 posted on 06/24/2011 8:42:17 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

What will they do? Put it on a post at the front gate? Use it as an indepth maintenence trainer? It has to be trashed from one end to the other,,,,


2 posted on 06/24/2011 8:50:20 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

You’re going to need a longer snorkel.


3 posted on 06/24/2011 8:51:18 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: DesertRhino

I helped pick up pieces of a F16 which had gone down in a rice paddy. They said the engine would be repaired and reused. The rest of the plane was just a little banged up. Surprisingly it didn’t burn that much with ample amounts of jet fuel still sitting around.


4 posted on 06/24/2011 8:54:48 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I saw that scene in Thunderball. (James Bond film)


5 posted on 06/24/2011 8:55:05 AM PDT by fish hawk
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To: DesertRhino
What will they do? Put it on a post at the front gate? Use it as an indepth maintenence trainer? It has to be trashed from one end to the other...

I'd imagine that in spite of a week in salt water, there are hundreds of (very expensive) restorable/usable spare parts in the plane. It looks remarkably intact.

They'll take everything apart, clean everything up, inspect everything carefully, and reuse whatever parts are not damaged.

Of course that AIRFRAME will never fly again...

6 posted on 06/24/2011 8:59:33 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: sukhoi-30mki

note on canopy: Gone Fishing

7 posted on 06/24/2011 9:00:05 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Covenantor

I heard the note read: “Help! I am flying a piece of crap!”


8 posted on 06/24/2011 9:01:16 AM PDT by cranked
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To: fish hawk
“I saw that scene in Thunderball. (James Bond film)”

Yes, it was a British Avro Vulcan delta winged heavy bomber.
I have seen them fly, and they are beautiful in a sinister way. One look at the Vulcan and you know it is not Federal Express and it is not dropping roses!

9 posted on 06/24/2011 9:01:41 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast: THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR.)
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To: fish hawk
Somebody needs to bring this guy in for questioning. Photobucket
10 posted on 06/24/2011 9:04:04 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Looks more like a lawn dart!


11 posted on 06/24/2011 9:15:49 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: sukhoi-30mki

12 posted on 06/24/2011 9:28:58 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: DesertRhino; AnalogReigns

For a downed aircraft, it looks pretty much intact. The Mirage-2000 is considered to be one sturdy jet.


13 posted on 06/24/2011 9:53:18 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: driftdiver
In the USAF, jet engines are not returned to flight unless if is something like a bird-strike down the intake and repairs can be made. In a true mishap sequence this is not the case. There is a lot of damage to the engine that simply can't be seen in any viable way, even bore-scopes and other NDI means are not conclusive. So, I think you were told the engine would be repaired and returned to flight, but actually a crashed jet's engine returned to flight is not very likely.
14 posted on 06/24/2011 10:11:57 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: DesertRhino
Will put it on a stick, most likely.

(Looks very natural on the bottom of the sea. . .french-made military kit usually ends up on the bottom, anyway).

15 posted on 06/24/2011 10:13:35 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

I dunno, I just know what they told us. We were hip deep in mud and JP4 so perhaps I misunderstood.

I do know rolling the afterburner section up a steep muddy hill is not on my list of things to do again.

Nor is hauling the landing gear out by hand.


16 posted on 06/24/2011 10:17:48 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
As good a place as any for this pic:


17 posted on 06/24/2011 10:30:38 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

Whole new meaning to “a place on the beach.”


18 posted on 06/24/2011 11:00:48 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Wiggins

I’m glad I’m not the only one here who thought of supercar.


19 posted on 06/24/2011 11:20:17 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Perdogg

I think I saw something like this in a James Bond movie.
Mirage

20 posted on 07/03/2011 6:39:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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