Post Crash Fire

Surviving an airplane crash is actually more common than you’d think. The problem is, there’s often a post crash fire, which is often quite a bit harder to survive.  A major portion of aviation safety engineering is geared toward providing survivors just a bit more time to exit the aircraft before it is consumed by flames.

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Indeed, this has been a long standing goal of NASA and its predecessor NACA.

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The C-82 Packet was not a terribly successful aircraft, and only about 223 were built. Redesigned and with the R-2800 swapped out for the more powerful R-4360, it would emerge as the C-119 Flying Boxcar, a far more successful design that would soldier on from the 1950s into the 1970s, with over 1100 built.  According to NASA around 50 airframes, mostly C-82 but also a couple of C-46 Commandoes, were expended in the testing.

Poor Roamy doesn’t get to blow up airplanes.

2 thoughts on “Post Crash Fire”

  1. Side note, “Dollar Nineteen’s” were the first A/C I ever jumped from!! Heaven love those old birds!!

    1. Me too. In 1967, they pulled them out of the museum to fly them down to Fort Benning for us to jump from. All of the 130s were in SEA, so that’s what they had.

      Paul

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