Undertoad Monday May 9 12:21 PM
5/9/2005: C-130 versus bald eagle, C-130 wins [warning, graphic]
xant Monday May 9 12:51 PM
If that isn't a political metaphor, I don't know what is.
wah Monday May 9 01:03 PM
this is the perfect follow-up post to the previous picture.
Griff Monday May 9 08:10 PM
xoxoxoBruce Monday May 9 08:32 PM
What's new, certainly not the C-130 screws America. Shame that eagle found one of the C-130s that are allowed to fly.
Leah Monday May 9 11:30 PM
The eagles face looks like he's still pretty much alive. Poor bird looks like he never knew what hit him. Hey aren't those birds becoming rather rare now?
wolf Tuesday May 10 12:10 AM
Actually, last I read, the Bald Eagle has rebounded to the point where it should have come off the Endangered list, but they're leaving it there for the additional protections that status provides. (I'm not sure if it's completely off or downgraded to "threatened," though.)
Leah Tuesday May 10 12:14 AM
Thanks wolf, it's always good to keep up with what's going on in the world.
mlandman Tuesday May 10 09:43 AM
I'm confused re: what we're looking at -- is this the cockpit? Did the eagle get caught in a window or break through the windshield or hit a propeller then...?
mrnoodle Tuesday May 10 10:41 AM
It was downgraded to "threatened" in the lower 48, taken off the list in Alaska (not sure if it was ever endangered there). Thankfully, we have more than 50 breeding pairs in Colorado at last count, and as many as 800 of them winter here. (you should check out the Colorado DOW website, it's pretty cool).
Silent Tuesday May 10 12:01 PM
You want some bald eagles? Come to my neck of the woods. Take as many as you like.
Elspode Tuesday May 10 01:42 PM
On the other hand, looking at it again, I think I'm completely wrong, as it doesn't really look like the cockpit to me...too much weird clutter, and the seat is all wrong. There's a magazine rack in front of it!
mrnoodle Tuesday May 10 04:31 PM
Oh poo. I failed my CSI exam. So that's an armrest for a chair on the left. The sun's shining in from above, so it has to be the front of the plane where all the windows are, right? How many seats in the cockpit?
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday May 10 10:16 PM
My guess would be the bird came through a panel(window) by the pilots left knee, passed the pilot and ended up on the floor by the navigators seat.
130Load Thursday Aug 11 11:36 PM
C-130 Aircrew member perspective...
What you guys are looking at the bottom of the photo is the back of the pilot seat, and the armrest is the engineer seat which is behind and between the pilot and copilot seat. You are looking at the cockpit left side circuit breaker panel (basically under the leftside windows), and the eagle flew though the pilots left foot window. The right side of the pic is toward the front of the aircraft,and there are 4 crew seats in the cockpit. Several pics of this incident went through Herk safety offices world wide. Pretty nasty!
Hobbs Friday Aug 12 12:31 AM
I saw this picture a few months back on another web site. I thought it was a fake. As I poked around the web I came across this site UT was talking about. There were the other two pictures that put it all into perpective. Lots of windows in the front of these things. Plenty of ops for something (or someone) to come crashing through.
Elspode Friday Aug 12 01:16 AM
1. The eagle wiper needs to be upgraded.
BigV Friday Aug 12 01:18 AM
Welcome aboard, 130Load!
Bullitt Friday Aug 12 09:53 AM
Hobbs Friday Aug 12 10:46 AM
xoxoxoBruce Friday Aug 12 11:18 PM
Cool, thanks for the info, 130Load.
seakdivers Saturday Aug 27 05:22 PM
Oh man - I can relate to those pics! I had a bald eagle crash into my windsheild a few years ago while I was heading into town doing about 45. It smashed the windsheild, dented the top of my truck, bent my antenna...etc.