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April 18, 2010

Engine check

An engine check on a Finnish F-18 shows the effects of ingesting volcanic dust from recent activity in Iceland.

Five of the air force’s Hornets were involved in a training exercise on the morning of 15 April, just hours before the imposition of airspace restrictions due to the ash cloud spreading from a major volcanic eruption in Iceland.

One aircraft’s engines have been inspected so far using a boroscope, with melted ash clearly visible on its inside surface.

Images at the link.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 18, 2010 08:04 AM