Aviation Miracles

Some people will say that the events cited below are not miracles. It true that no one saw visions of the Virgin Mary but I believe these are miracles and I am sure the people that survived believe the same way.

Things do not always work the way you expect them to. This truth applies to almost everything we do. You may have a device you have been using for years that always worked perfectly, than that one time comes when you use it and BOOM....... it shorts out with a loud explosive noise or goes haywire. This is bad enough with a toaster or dryer but just imagine how a person feels when he has to bail out of a plane and his ejection seat gets stuck halfway out of the plane. These thing actually happen. Take the case of Navy Lt. Keith Gallagher. He was the navigator of a Navy A-6 and was trying to refuel in midair when, without warning, his canopy blew off and his seat partially ejected. He was now sitting outside the plane while it was speeding along. His parachute had deployed and was wrapped around the tail of the plane. It looked like the end for the young Lieutenant. But God was on his side and the pilot managed to land the plane on the carrier. For the full story of this event with pictures please go to http://www.gallagher.com/ejection_seat/ .

Lt. Gallagher's plane landing on carrier
Photo Source: US Navy

A stewardess named Vesna Vulovic was performing her appointed duties on the DC 9 that she had been assigned to, the year was 1972. Suddenly there was an explosion. She was blown out of the plane and fell over 33,000 feet, that's over SIX MILES. She plummeted into the snow. Everyone else on the plane had died, but somehow Vesna had survived this incredible fall. Her injuries were severe but she is now walking again.

In World War II there was a Lt. I. M. Chisov who was the pilot of a Ilyushin 4. He was attacked by several German Messerschmitts. He decided that he had to bail out of his plane because it was too damaged to fight back. He jumped while the plane was at 22,000 feet. While falling he decided that it would be too dangerous to open his chute with the German planes all around him. The problem with his plan was that he didn't expect to become unconscious. He lost consciousness before ever being able to open his chute. He rammed a snow covered slope and rolled and bumped his way to the bottom. Still unconscious he remained at the bottom of the slope for about half an hour. Finally he woke and was extremely sore. He had suffered a spinal injury and fractured pelvis. It took him three months but he returned back to the military.

Marine Colonel William Rankin was flying through a thunderstorm. His altitude was 48,000 feet. His aircraft went out of control forcing him to bail out of the plane. He was now in the heart of the storm. The problem was he was not descending. He would be lifted by an updraft then dropped by a downdraft. This continued for over half an hour. Finally he fell through the storm. He had survived being in the center of the storm. You can read his account in his book titled 'The Man Who Rode The Thunder'.

In 1937 the Hindenburg was the pride of Germany's lighter than air ships. But on May 6th of that year while coming into Lakehurst Naval Air Station it burst into flames as its highly explosive hydrogen gas ignited. The cause was never identified for certain, but in seconds the ship was gone in a huge fireball. How could anyone survive this tragedy? Miraculously there were 20 Passengers and 44 of the crew who did.

The Hindenburg
Picture Source: US Navy

In World War II a B-17 bomber was flying a mission to bomb Breman, Germany. It lost two engines (it had four) and couldn't keep up with the other planes on the way back. When they were alone, the German fighters came back to finish them off. They were told to prepare to bail out. Two men were in the rear of the plane when the nose blew out and the plane broke in half. The tail section of the plane slowly waffled to the ground. Both men survived with one of them having only minor scrapes and bruises while the other was put in a German hospital and recovered. The plane had fallen 22,000 feet.

One soldier lands on another's chute and both ride down. Neither one is hurt.
Picture Source: US Army

Here are just some of the pictures that show aircraft accidents, mostly at air shows and all the pilots survived.

Pilot parachuted, seen in background.

Pilot parachuted, seen in background

Pilot ejected, seen in background

Russian Migs
Picture Source: US Army

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