January 31, 2015

Who Said That?

Florida's quote of the day

| 3/6/2014

"At first, we didn't believe the test results. There was no way we hit a fish during takeoff."

-- Lt. Cmdr. Nick Toth

"Bird strikes" are a familiar hazard for aircraft. Now authorities at a Tampa Bay-area military base say they've recorded something new: a "fish strike."

According to MacDill Air Force Base officials, a jet flown by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pilot was struck by a 9-inch sheepshead during takeoff in September.

"We were nearing the point in the takeoff where we needed to rotate, or raise the nose of the airplane off the ground, when an osprey with something in its claws flew in front of our aircraft," said Lt. Cmdr. Nick Toth, the NOAA pilot.

Read more at the AP.

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