Wow mate that would have been a big moment for someone new to command... nice work!Most bird strikes are non events. Unless it’s a large bird, and it hits an engine, even the pilots probably won’t know about it. Finding bloody impact marks during a preflight was not uncommon, and mostly just required the engineers to have a look, and wipe it up.
The only major strike I ever had was also out of Perth (off 21), and the event recorder caught it at exactly 1212’. We saw a flock of birds, and then the engine note changed. At least 12 strikes, 4 bent fan blades, 2 missing stator blades, a hole punched into the fan casing, and a missing flap fairing. I think I’d had my 767 command for about two months at the time.
The most impressive part of that event was that the engineers had us under way again four hours after landing.
It's those little detail things that can so easily bring you undone!Wow mate that would have been a big moment for someone new to command... nice work!
I have a funny bird strike story to share with the AFF family. Back in Scotland my family manufacturing business did a lot of work for Rolls Royce 1970’s through to 1990’s. We won the bid to manufacture the test rig for the brand new Trent-800 jet engine for the B747’s. As you’d imagine it was an expensive build.
Once it was done we trucked it down to the RR facilities in Derby for them to start their testing. Obviously bird strike is part of that... they use chickens from the supermarket.
Some bloke bought the chickens but didn’t defrost them. So the frozen chickens were propelled through this brand new extremely pricey engine, causing massive damage and delays to the test schedule.
It had to be rushed back up to us for repairs... and as a result Rolls Royce have formal procedures on their books around how and when to defrost a chicken