C17 Globe Master Emergency Landing – RAF Engineers Deliver!
Posted: 29th of July 2017 by RAF Eng Apprenticeships
A C17 GLOBEMASTER suffers a bird strike and critical loss of power from one of its engines whilst on take-off from an austere location. The pilot makes an emergency landing and the on board engineers begin to assess the situation. On interrogating the aircraft’s diagnostics systems it is confirmed that an engine change would be necessary.
RAF Engineers in the UK are spun into action to ensure that support equipment, an engine and enough air transport is available to support the recovery. The team deploys fully equipped to carry out the engine change, a huge task in the UK complicated by distance, security and the sheer size of an engine.
Not only was this the first occasion in 15 years’ of RAF C-17 operations that an engine change has been conducted overseas but the location was insecure, the facilities austere and the conditions unfavourable.
The unavailability of one C-17 aircraft for any period of time severely impacts the delivery of UK
Defence output. The exceptional teamwork, flawless engineering coordination and resilience of those involved in the recovery of a C-17 resulted in disruption to operational output being minimised.
Every member of this team started as an RAF Engineering apprentice. It could be you!
Being an RAF Engineer really is No Ordinary Job!
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