From TAC ATTACK, November 1977…
“In the safety business, it’s very easy to find dumb or bad things to write about because we don’t often hear about the guys who do a good job. So hold onto your helmets, gang, and read on because – it’s time for the good news.
The pilot of an F-100D was leading a formation takeoff when, just after becoming airborne (20 to 50 feet) at the 4,000-foot remaining marker, his Super Sabre gulped down numerous doves. The jock felt one very large compressor stall, engine surge and power loss, and saw fire coming from the intake. The pilot immediately initiated landing and abort procedures and set the aircraft back on the runway. He then released the tail hook and deployed the drag bag with approximately 2,900 feet of runway remaining. The BAK-12, located 26 feet into the overrun, was successfully engaged, and the aircraft came to a halt 430 feet later without damage.
This near-accident vividly illustrates the importance of having a plan of action for critical emergencies, such as aborts, before takeoff. There’s no time for mental debate when you’ve just lifted off, and the runway available is rapidly diminishing.”
Graphic by SSGT JAMES H. BROWN, TAC ATTACK STAFF ARTIST