BBC: "MoD "ignored" air safety warnings"


War Hero
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I seem to have read somewhere that the Nimrod problem was caused by the joints in its internal fuel lines, which were designed for normal operation, being too weak to take the high pressure involved in in-flight refuelling which was not part of the original Nimrod concept and design.

Usual MoD waffle in response. Never any acceptance of responsibility. And what about the Chinook crash due to known software problems which the air marshals blamed on dead aircrew who couldn't answer back?
For the sake of some proper strobe lighting, ESP foam for the Hercules and using the Nimrod exclusively for its designed purpose this could be a non-issue. The only area I would be unsure about is the suppressant foam in the Hercules and I suppose the best folk to comment on this would be those who have a working knowledge of the stuff.
Can't comment on the fixed wing crashes,but the strobe lighting on the helicopters!!!

Don't see what the problem having them switched off. Since 82, darkened ops were always carried out with ALL external lighting off. Internal lighting at a minimum to enhance night vision.

For ten years I flew night flying in this mode when on operations or exersize with no problems. To blame not having strobe lights is weak and lame in my opinion.

Waits for the incoming!!! :wink:

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