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It wasn’t just students. There was a professor in on that. They got a cheap charcoal grill, filled it with charcoal, then timed how long it took for the coals to get to “the right temperature” for cooking.
For fans playing at home, the method for embedding YouTube videos goes like this...
The youtube url for the video looks like this: youtube.com/watch?v=UjPxDOEdsX8
To embed the video, you only need the alphanumerical garbage at the end of the url, the UjPxDOEdsX8. You then have to manually type “youtube” in brackets, and add the UjPxDOEdsX8.
The code will look like this (but without the space between the first bracket and “youtube”. Even though it’s in a code box, if the space isn’t there, I get the video.)
And, why is the code box so goddamned big? It’s one friggin’ line of code.
A similar “oops” happened with a KC135, but with a different test. They were testing internal pressurization, and as noted in the text on the site, the civilian doing the test was using a homemade gauge and no formal procedure. Write off one KC135:
More pix on the site, but the one I used should tell the whole story.
A flock of birds then, not a single birdsuck. A pilot's nightmare.
The tire skids continue, but the engine skids only appear at the walkway. So the landing gear collapsed, dumping the plane to belly-skid to a stop. Ignition sparks could come from the walkway, the scraping belly, or even the busted landing gear. Landing lights are often attached to gear on big planes.
Looks like it had aux fuel tanks attached too, which couldn't have helped. More fuel to leak, and more weight fighting takeoff.
Andersen AFB, on Guam, has two parallel runways, 10,527’ and 11,200’ in length. B52s typically launch with less than a full fuel load, and refuel after takeoff. The B52 takes a while to get up to speed, and that’s a problem; there isn’t a lot of slack between “gotta rotate and lift off” and “gotta abort.”
The accident investigation concluded that the drag chute didn’t fully deploy, putting excess breaking load on the landing gear brakes. The report doesn’t say that the brakes caused the fire, only that the plane caught fire after it ran off the runway. Considering the ruggedness of the area past the runway overrun, lots of things could have caused a minor fuel leak that was ignited by almost anything - though overheated brakes are certainly a possible culprit.