C-130 Bird Strike

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Bird strikes make for dramatic photos. And the larger the bird, the greater the drama.

Here’s the aftermath of a right-of-way argument between an Air National Guard C-130 and an eagle. As usual, the bird came out on the losing end. It looks like the pilot almost did, too.

Speaking of which, our hero’s had a long day. “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking…”

Bulls-eye! The windshield may be designed to take a significant hit, but this access panel probably wasn’t.

This downward-facing shot of the C-130’s cockpit floor reveals a stowaway — a very messy one at that.

I’m not sure if the pilot is stunned by what happened, happy to be alive, annoyed at being photographed in such a state… or possibly all three.