F-15 Eagle Spatial (Spacial) Disorientation: World Record G (Exclusive)
Video 335 added on 2007-03-07: Video Type: Near miss Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle Views: 3343 Uploaded by: ATFS_Crash
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As far as I know is the first time this has been made readily available to the GP when I posted this on Youtube. ;)
The short clip shows the cockpit/HUD view From an F-15 that the pilot became spatially disoriented. If I remember correctly it was broad daylight in clear visibility, a mitigating factor is the color of the sky and seas that day were very similar.
The fact the F-15 held together and was able to land safely is a testament of its durability. I can't remember exactly but it sustained like 15-20 Gs for about 2-3 seconds. For a fraction of a second it pulled something like 30-40 Gs. It held together but the wing skin had crinkled (technical term j/k) because the airframe was bent so badly. Unfortunately I have no external views. It pulled so many Gs that the tape pulled off the recorder head and lost sync for a bit, so the tape misses the highest G.
As far as I know it was the most Gs a piloted aircraft ever pulled and was able to return safely (though the plane was badly damaged).
Famous Quote "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous, but to an even greater than the sea; it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity, or neglect"