Red Bull doesn’t always give you wings...

Finny

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#1
https://kingairnation.com/exploding-can-of-red-bull-causes-100k-of-damage-to-mc-12w-spy-plane/

EXPLODING CAN OF RED BULL CAUSES $100K+ OF DAMAGE TO MC-12W SPY PLANE
Posted by KingAirNation — Friday, August 10, 2018
Interior of US Air Force C-12 series aircraft. Similar configuration to MC-12W. Image by USAF
A can of Red Bull essentially ended up clipping the wings of an Air Force MC-12W Liberty spy plane as it was forced to return to base after an incident that occurred last year.
The Drive/War Zone website came across the incident while looking through the Military Times’ database.
A breakdown summary obtained by The War Zone via a Freedom Of Information Act request:

  • The June 5th, 2017, incident occurred after one of the aircrew, identified as “Mishap Copilot (MCP, Person #1),” retrieved an unopened 16oz can of Red Bull from his bag that promptly ruptured, spewing the energy drink over the center console.
  • “While the MCP used his shirt to absorb what he could, the Mishap Pilot (MP) noticed a faint odor,” the report said. “He subsequently shut down the mission system power, which alleviated the odor. The crew discussed their options and decided to RTB [return to base].”
  • While no danger to the crew, Warzone notes the cost of “more than $7,000 of damage for each ounce of Red Bull that ‘Person #1’ spilled in the cockpit.” Ouch.
  • No exact details on why the repair was so expensive, but the War Zone figures it was more than likely the maintenance personnel removing and repairing 13 “line replaceable units.” The console is the civilian version of the MC-12W Liberty (the King Air 350ER) includes a Synthetic Vision System (SVS) graphics and aviation package.
An MC-12 at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City. (photo by Air National Guard Master Sgt. Andrew LaMoreaux)
Any punishments given out were redacted in the report according to the War Zone, but noted the Air Force has since recommended aircrews to be more careful with their drinks in the future.
 

Flyinthrew

Well-Known Member
#8
Nope, they still give them to long range bomber crews. I asked a couple of B2 guys about them.


This is Modafinil. It's rather awesome as part of a sleep management ensemble. None of the apparently ridiculous side effects of dextroamphetamine, and none of the other stupid stuff that is in energy drinks. It is currently the only approved go-pill for US aviators.
 

ppragman

Direct Yeska
#9


This is Modafinil. It's rather awesome as part of a sleep management ensemble. None of the apparently ridiculous side effects of dextroamphetamine, and none of the other stupid stuff that is in energy drinks. It is currently the only approved go-pill for US aviators.
They give this to people with multiple sclerosis too.
 

USMCmech

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#11
When I was working at a 125 MRO at SAT Northwest towed an A320 over to the hangar. We did overhauls on the DC-9s but seeing an Airbus got everyone curious.

Turns out an FA had crushed a soda can that leaked down to the avionics bay. The soda was not the real problem. The rat that chewed through all the wiring bundles in there caused so much damage they wrote off the airplane and striped it for parts.
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
#12


This is Modafinil. It's rather awesome as part of a sleep management ensemble. None of the apparently ridiculous side effects of dextroamphetamine, and none of the other stupid stuff that is in energy drinks. It is currently the only approved go-pill for US aviators.
Modafinil is what crew aircraft aviators use. I believe dex is stil authorized for single seat jets, at least in the AF. Dex is pretty instantaneous whereas modafinil needs a few hours to take effect.
 

Lawman

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#14
Modafinil is what crew aircraft aviators use. I believe dex is stil authorized for single seat jets, at least in the AF. Dex is pretty instantaneous whereas modafinil needs a few hours to take effect.
Dex is used in a few other communities outside that world as well....

And @trafficinsight unfortunately yes.... what you suggested was undoubtedly viewed as a “solution” by some idiot shoe clerk in a meeting somewhere. “That energy drink the crews take to avoid fatigue cost us 7 grand! Make the crews fly their 28 million dollar aircraft tired.... it’ll save money.”
 

Springer

Well-Known Member
#17
When I was working at a 125 MRO at SAT Northwest towed an A320 over to the hangar. We did overhauls on the DC-9s but seeing an Airbus got everyone curious.

Turns out an FA had crushed a soda can that leaked down to the avionics bay. The soda was not the real problem. The rat that chewed through all the wiring bundles in there caused so much damage they wrote off the airplane and striped it for parts.
USMC what year was that re NWA 320? I haven't heard about that one.
 
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