Canadian CF-18 Crash at Alberta International Airshow

Incredible photos from July 23, 2010 accident in Canada ( Lethbridge ). Check out the sequence of the canopy leaving the scene, the pilot in his rocket-powered seat coming out, the parachute opening sequence, and the separated seat falling away. Modern technology at its best. All of this happened in about two seconds from canopy off to the fireball.

F-18 Crash, Canadian CF18 Crash, Alberta Airshow, Capt. Brian Bews, F18 Crash July 2010, The Canadian Press, Lethbridge Herald, Ian Martens

Check out all the smoke from the canopy rocket motors.

Canadian CF18 Crash, Alberta Airshow, Capt. Brian Bews, F18 Crash July 2010, The Canadian Press, Lethbridge Herald, Ian MartensThe left engine has the nozzle fully open, showing that #1 engine was developing no power.

Ejection Seat Detonation, Canadian CF18 Crash, Alberta Airshow, Capt. Brian Bews, F18 Crash July 2010, The Canadian Press, Lethbridge Herald, Ian Martens

The white thing is the seat-stabilazing drogue chute. Notice the pilot’s head pinned to his chest from the severe “g” forces produced by the solid rocket motors in the ACES II seat. They burn for about 2/10ths of a second . . enough time to propel him at least 60 feet clear of the aircraft. Hellova ride.

Crash just prior to impact, Ejection Seat Detonation, Canadian CF18 Crash, Alberta Airshow, Capt. Brian Bews, F18 Crash July 2010, The Canadian Press, Lethbridge Herald, Ian Martens

The moment-of-impact photo shows flame shooting out of the left engine.

Ejection Seat Detonation, Canadian CF18 Crash, Alberta Airshow, Capt. Brian Bews, F18 Crash July 2010, The Canadian Press, Lethbridge Herald, Ian Martens, F-18 Crash

F-18 Crash Explosion, Ejection Seat Detonation, Canadian CF18 Crash, Alberta Airshow, Capt. Brian Bews, F18 Crash July 2010, The Canadian Press, Lethbridge Herald, Ian Martens, F-18 Crash

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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