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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

That'll Buff Right Out

Nobody was hurt. The CL-415 flew back to its base.


Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised that it was able to fly home, those water bombers are built like tanks. The question is could it ever be made airworthy again? Spar repairs, even near the wing tip, are very difficult to get approved.


Anonymous said...

Update. We were watching the video at work, pausing it often and one of my coworkers pointed out that the wing float passes behind the mast, so the wingtip is what struck the mast. A new wingtip and a change of underwear and you're good to go.

Another coworker, a former water bomber pilot, was surprised that they were scooping at the same time, the wake from the leading airplane can cause problems for the following aircraft. SOP when two or more bombers are working a fire is to remain separate from each other, "one on the fire, one on the water".


CenterPuke88 said...

IDK Al. Good eye on the float behind the post, but the wing spar seems to extend to the end of the wing from the plan form I could find (cl-415 plan form).

Anonymous said...

Two of the guys at work maintained CL215s & CL415s and they said that if the float missed, the spar missed too. We were given a plant tour in Cartierville while being trained for the CL600 and CL601 twenty years ago and I remember the float being very close to the wingtip. Looking at this picture

you can just see the gap between the aileron and the wingtip. I would guess the wing extends 6-8 inches beyond the float.