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Undertoad 04-12-2006 09:47 AM

4/12/2006: Ellsworth AFB foam test
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How do you figure out whether a foam firefighting system in an air force hangar is set up correctly and works? Well you turn it on for a few seconds, to make sure it's got pressure and everything. First you set up a scaffolding so you can record the event and show the flow coming out of all nozzles.

And then you let 'er rip. After 15 seconds you can see foam is covering all areas it has to, so the test is successful. Shut 'er off.

Uh, guys? Shut 'er off?

Aw crap. Whatever was meant to shut off the system after 15 seconds, did NOT shut it off and the foam continued to flow. After a few minutes...

The foam is a story high and still flowing!

Uh, Joe? you can climb the scaffolding ladder now...

Two stories high.

This is the guy standing on top of the scaffolding.

So they just let it go.

Thanks to xoxoxoBruce for the initial set of photos and then I googled and found a great gallery at Strategypage.

Kitsune 04-12-2006 09:53 AM

It doesn't show signs of stopping, and I've bought some corn for popping...

barefoot serpent 04-12-2006 10:35 AM

I'm gonna throw this firecracker under the ol' man's bunk and... WHAM!

sniglet 04-12-2006 11:04 AM

That's what happens when you put too much soap in the washing machine.

wolf 04-12-2006 11:16 AM


Originally Posted by barefoot serpent
I'm gonna throw this firecracker under the ol' man's bunk and... WHAM!

And I'm going to have to put a movie I haven't seen in a few years into my netflix queue.

glatt 04-12-2006 11:20 AM


I LOVE the bandwidth the Cellar has now. This is a great series of pictures.

dar512 04-12-2006 11:31 AM

Wouldn't you think there would be a manual shutoff valve somewhere? How long before this finally got shut down?

Beestie 04-12-2006 11:50 AM


Skunks 04-12-2006 11:55 AM

I wonder what sort of suffocation risk that foam poses. Foam + smoke/CO/CO2?

barefoot serpent 04-12-2006 12:06 PM

Next time they should have a DJ and some raver chix

ashke 04-12-2006 12:34 PM

Haaaahhahah... that's hilarious. I wonder how they'd clean it up though.

Elspode 04-12-2006 01:28 PM

I'm seeing a new-millenium remake of "The Thrill of It All" with Doris Day and James Garner.

If you write the screenplay, be sure to give me credit for the original idea when you pick up your Oscar, m'kay?

NoBarkDawg 04-12-2006 02:38 PM

mm, neat.. I bet if they jumped in it, it wouldn't make hitting the ground any softer.

milkfish 04-12-2006 03:36 PM

"You said 15 SECONDS? Not minutes? Sorry, my bad."

Pancake Man 04-12-2006 05:38 PM

It seems that they just ruined millions in B-1s.
By the way dar, from my days playing Half Life, I have learned that there most definitely is. You just have to battle aliens to get to it.

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