"Buffalo Bob"
Casale's Corner

 

 


There I was, just flying along, enjoying the flight at 20,000 ft, minding my own business.....

 

 

And what's so cool is they actually pay me to do this!

 

 

When.....Hmmm.....What's that strange sound? Something feels different!

 

Hey, why am I looking up?

 

 

Whoa there. What the hell?? Controls aren't working.

 

 

Time for a mirror check.....Hey, where's the rest of my F-15?

 

 

Uh oh, it's over there.....I think I've got a definite.....Aw, shit moment.

 

 

What the hell is going on here? I gotta wonder, am I the first guy to ever experience a 'cockpit-airframe separation anxiety attack'??

 

 

OK, enough is enough!.....I'm outta here! But first, the canopy has to go.

 

 

Phew.....At least that's now out of the way.....

 

 

OK, now it's my turn. I'm gonna be gone as soon as I find that frickin' lower handle.

 

 

Got it...... I'm gone !!!!!!

 

Kudos to the guy who took these pictures! Just another 'average day at the office'? It was determined that what caused this mid-air break up was the main "longeron" (stringer) behind the cockpit failed due to corrosion. This 'incident' caused the USAF to ground its entire fleet of F-15s. Talk about being in the right place at the right time for the photographer..... and the wrong place at the wrong time for the pilot! AMAZING PICTURES The first thing he might notice upon landing safely on “terra firma” is that he will need to change his shorts. But I’m just guessing of course. Just my commentary folks. Yours truly.