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Fire damages $200-million C-17 at Wright-Patterson AFB

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Fire damages $200-million C-17 at Wright-Patterson AFB

Postby Flyingmonster » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:51 pm

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) – An engine malfunction led to an expensive airplane catching fire at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

C-17 catches fire at WPAFB. (Photo/Jacob King, Jeannette Wright)

A base worker sent WDTN.com and 2 NEWS a photo from January 7, 2015.

A base spokesperson for the 445th Airlift Wing says the plane caught fire when they started the engine. The malfunction caught the tailpipe on fire.

2 NEWS obtained a memo from the fire chief of Fire Emergency Services at Wright-Patterson. Jacob King commended the firefighters for getting the fire knocked down quickly. He says in his memo that damage is about $1.5 million to the $200-million aircraft.

The base spokesperson says paint was charred under the wing. No one was hurt.


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Re: Fire damages $200-million C-17 at Wright-Patterson AFB

Postby Skip » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:03 pm

Oops, looks like a JATO C17 gone wrong :lol: :lol: :roll:
The last time I saw an F22 at Lakenheath i DIDN'T photoshop it...
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Re: Fire damages $200-million C-17 at Wright-Patterson AFB

Postby TankBuster » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:03 pm

Ouch! I'd say that was a bit more than charred paint under the wing!

After that fire there will be some very severe heat damage to the structure of that airframe, and any wires, hydraulics etc within it. She wont be leaving the ground any time soon :( .

And there's plenty more where that came from!
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Re: Fire damages $200-million C-17 at Wright-Patterson AFB

Postby EGVP » Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:35 am

I wonder if the picture makes it look worse that it is? Looks like some oil has caught fire in the exhaust, causing a rather large flame out of the back of the engine - the flames apparently up the side of the fuselage look more like reflections?

Re: Fire damages $200-million C-17 at Wright-Patterson AFB

Postby page_verify » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:36 am

Taking the photo at dusk has probably saturated the camera to make it look a lot worse but that's going to be more than a bit of soot to dust off.

Re: Fire damages $200-million C-17 at Wright-Patterson AFB

Postby venom » Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:03 pm

thats some photo thank goodmess the crew were ok
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