chick looks like she quit cheerleading to become a badass.
She looks a bit crazy too. Or should I say, not boring like a lot of women. I bet she is a freak. And for a fast track runner, she has a lot of meat on her bones. Nice thick thighs, nice *** and decent size ****. Girls who run usually have none of those in nice quantities.
Speed runners do not have the thin body that endurance/marathon runners usually suffer from.
True. I see some of these people that just run all of the time, and to me they look sickly and unhealthy. Body fat way too low, and musculature that is stringy looking. But anyway, whatever she did to get that body should be a requirement by law for all women.
So I was standing in a parking lot near the waterfront in downtown Tampa on Friday afternoon (two blocks from the convention center where the Republican convention will be in a couple of weeks) when an Air Farce C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane makes a very low pass over the Marriott Channelside Hotel en route to landing at Macdill Air Force base a couple of miles away. Only I found out last night that it wasn't landing on Macdill's 12,000ft runway, but that the pilot had mistaken tiny, 3400ft Peter O. Knight Municipal Airport on a little island in the harbor for the AFB runway. This airport is populated with prop planes like Cessna 172's, Bonanzas, Beech King Airs, a couple of news helicopters, and is flanked by houses next to it on one side and has water and a little patch of grass off both ends of the little runway.
Thankfully none of the 42 passengers and crew were killed and no one on the ground was hurt as the airplane was stopped about 10ft short of the end of the runway. One of the astonished pilots on the ground caught the landing on video. I'm sure some bricks were shat up in the cockpit of the Globemaster, and there are probably a few new job openings in Ye Olde Air Force after this incident.
A picture of it stopped at the end of the runway shows just a few feet of asphalt left before the grass and then the water of Tampa Bay.
The Air Force worked overnight to pump off excess fuel and remove other extra weight from the plane and it was able to complete a short-field takeoff. The wing tips of the plane are far wider than the runway itself, and the outboard engines are roughly even with the edge of pavement.
After removing all of the extra weight and fuel they were able to take off with a few hundred feet to spare. To give you an idea of how small the airport is, they couldn't turn the plane around but had to use reverse thrust to back the plane to the other end of the runway to try to take off. They opened the back hatch and one of the crew guided the pilot to the very end of the runway.
these videos were taken from the public road outside the fence, and across the taxiway from the runway itself. Best viewed fullscreen.
This was taken from the other fenceline, right next to the houses.
Great angle from a helicopter shows just how little room he had left at takeoff:
And the kicker, here is an aerial shot showing the little municipal airport where he did land circled in red. Can you, as a complete novice to flying into the the area, find the Air Force Base in this picture? Hint: it isn't the tiny municipal airport circled in red.
3400ft Peter O. Knight Municipal Airport
Holy freaking cow. I can't even imagine being down on the ground watching that sucker cross the threshold.
Assuming that the crew were not dealing with an emergency, how on earth do you not notice that there seem to be a lot more single-engine Cessnas and a lot less of every thing else lying around than one would typically encounter at your average AFB?
For that matter, how do you get lined up on final in the first place? Are C17s typically flown VFR only?
Stuff like this is truly unbelievable... especially in a daylight VFR environment. The guy was obviously making a visual approach and the amount of fail here is epic.
First, where was that dude's CO-pilot on this one? It wasn't just the pilot that let this happen, it was at least 3 dudes looking out the front windows of the plane who together f'ed it away.
Second, what was the tower at McDill doing? At what DME on final was he when they cleared him to land? Via Google Earth, he had to have been give clearance at more than 7 miles... which is pretty far out even for a heavy. Maybe it was the approach controller who f'ed it away... maybe he was on a GCA and called "field in sight" and then landed without ever having talked to the tower... you'd have to be "way the freak below glideslope" when cleared to land.
At Naval Safety School, we research a lot of shiz like this. Here's the inflight audio of a C-5 crew who flew into the ground a few miles short of the runway because they forgot which engines were on. You can hear as the landing evolution progresses that they get more and more "behind the plane" to the point that all crew coordination breaks down. Basically, they've got the #2 engine shut down to low oil or something and were flying on 3 engines. At time :45, the pilot pulls power on all engines as the flaps come down, and when he re-applies power, swaps the throttles on 2 and 3, leaving the #3 engine at idle, and powering up the #2 which is OFF shut down... now flying on only 2 engines. You can see this happen via via the position indicators on the right side of the video.
AOA increases as the pilot brings the stick back further and further... all the while airspeed is decreasing.
THE SCARY THING is that the cockpit gets completely silent everything goes to hell and nobody knows what to do. They all freeze. They're falling out of the sky and nobody can figure out why... then they hit the ground.
I can't wait to see the report on this one, and to read the CVR transcript. (I'm assuming AF cargo aircraft are equipped with CVRs?)
Is MacDill close enough to TPA that they'd be using the same approach control (or at least coordinated approach control?) You'd think that there would be more than one person on the ground who'd notice that a multi-engine cargo airplane is not at all where it ought to be. (I'm assuming that TPF itself is unicom-only.)
EDIT: WTF? According to the pictures, the airplane landed on 22. Runway 22 at TPF doesn't even have VSI- it's available only in the 04 direction. How the hell does a pilot flying a VFR approach fail to notice the lack of a glide path indication?! (Granted I have no idea how long it takes to apply power for a landing abort in a C17.)
For the sake of not knowing anything, but is that real flight data and recording put into a sim for visual aid or was that a training sim they failed. If it was real, seems like there would be something said when they hit the ground...