Murphy's Law: The Wallaby Menace

Archives

December 5, 2008: An Air Force base in northern Australia is overrun by wallabies. These critters, that look like miniature kangaroos (whom they are related to), weigh ten to twenty pounds. But if struck by Australian F-18 fighters on takeoff, or landing, damage, or disaster, can ensue. There have been two recent collisions. One F-18 was taken out of service for a short time so repairs could be made, the other aircraft suffered no significant damage.

The wallaby infestation is particularly dangerous at night, when herds (dozens) of wallabies wander onto the airstrip. So far, fences and efforts to shoo the critters away have not solved the problem. A new "wallaby management plan" is in the works, which will employ a wide range of methods, including killing the little beasts, in an attempt to make night time flight operations less risky for the aircraft (and surviving wallabies.)

Bird strikes are actually  more widespread problem. There are about 5,000 incidents a year. These often just mean replacing windows or canopies, or wherever the bird hit. But from time-to-time the damage is severe, and some aircraft have been lost. Naturally, critters that can't fly are, technically, easier to control. But not always, as in the case of the wallabies.

 


Article Archive

Murphy's Law: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close