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I assume you are referring to a bird going through the engine?

 

If so, that's the engine FUBAR I would have thought. The Hog is tough, granted, but not that tough, unless it's a hummingbird or such other small-winged furry :D

 

 

Edit: Here's a example of an extraordinary strike, extraordinary because of the fact that in this particular strike the bird actually hit the front of the A-10 as opposed to the majority of Bird-Strikes where the Birds actually impact the rear of the Hog:

 

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Edit: Here's a example of an extraordinary strike, extraordinary because of the fact that in this particular strike the bird actually hit the front of the A-10 as opposed to the majority of Bird-Strikes where the Birds actually impact the rear of the Hog:

 

yzRAhseu3Jc

 

:P

 

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I can't say what is done in the A-10 but generally, if you loose an engine because of mechanical damage or fire you shouldn't try to restart it, which is also the case during a bird strike.

If you loose an engine because of compressor stall, loss of fuel pressure or even heavy rain you can try to restart it if the situation permitts.

 

In the A-10 if I lose one engine, mostly because of an Manpad, I normally jettison all weapons if I am pretty heavy and limp home.

During a engine failure at the takeoff run I would suggest below 110-130kts to abort and above to continue, try to get the gear in pretty quickly if the situation permitts and eventually jettison your weapons.

But your main priority is to fly the aircaft. If you catch fire on one engine during liftoff, get your gear in and climb to 300-500 ft, then fight the fire and if needed jettison weapons.

The engine, once burning, will resist the fire at least for a few minutes, so no need to start pulling leavers and flipping switches at a low altitude and becoming a smoking hole in the ground.

If you loose engine power and you see that you can't rescue the aircraft due to terrain, runway lenght or/and a heavy loadout use the possibility to eject. If you survive you will probably have a nice time answering questions why you didn't noticed in your preflight that you can't make it with one engine out of the airfield because you had to carry 6 Mavs, 6 GBU-12s and 3 M-151s instead of 2 Mavs and 2 GBUs and one M-151.

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