C-130 Bird Strike

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.

  7 comments for “C-130 Bird Strike

  1. September 3, 2005 at 8:30 am

    note to self not to check this site with breakfast in hand.

  2. Ron
    September 6, 2005 at 8:19 pm

    Yeah, sorry about that… should have notated it as NSFB (not safe for breakfast).

  3. Jon
    September 9, 2005 at 7:57 am

    Sonuva… I was eating breakfast right now, too!

  4. Jason
    September 19, 2005 at 9:44 am

    Um… that is SO fake. I received the very same eagle statue when I joined the Eagle’s Club on the Hour of Power.
    Seriously… eww…

  5. Ron
    September 19, 2005 at 4:23 pm

    Are you saying Rev. Schueler was a stow-away aboard this flight?

    Serious allegations, my friend…


  6. Jay
    October 23, 2005 at 1:53 am

    I feel like chicken tonight

  7. Dave
    November 27, 2005 at 4:03 pm

    A clear violation of the Endangered Species Act! Wait…what KIND of eagle?

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