The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a massive aircraft.
With a wingspan of 169 feet and enough power to shuttle a 69-ton M1 Abrams main battle tank, cargo, and troops anywhere in the world, it can handle the job.
A goose, or even a large crow, comes nowhere near the sheer size and force of this machine. Tragically, we have video evidence that fact appliesx to hawks, as well.
On a recent exhibition of the C-17’s capabilities, a hawk made its way into one of the aircraft’s engines. In a split second, the video captures a small explosion, and likely hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs.
This exhibition was filmed during Avalon Airshow, Avalon, Australia, where hawks are a regular hazard.
Needless to say, the C-17 didn’t lift off that day.
The bird, or what was left of it, wasn’t looking good, either.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.