Strange things have fallen out from the sky, from cows, to fishes, and even human beings. For some reason, we even wish for things that we think would benefit our whole human existence like money, a lover or even a brand new car. Whatever these things are, we sure hope it comes with an “if damaged, return to sender” policy.
Recently, there came an addition to the list of the most bizarre things that have fallen out from the sky courtesy of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade. In a practice drop that took place in Hohenfels, Germany on the 11th of April, three Humvees fell out from the sky. In particular, they fell out of U.S. Air Forces Europe C-130 Hercules tactical airlifters and didn’t make a safe touchdown.
The Humvees were part of the annual combat training center certification exercise called the Sabre Junction ’16. Each vehicle was supposed to be placed on metal pallets and strapped on to three 30-meter wide parachutes. Each had wood and honeycombed pads beneath them that serve as shock absorbers during the landing. A few of these vehicles successfully landed with not one scratch, save for three others who met their unfortunate fate.
The C-130 flew at a speed of 160 mph while carrying the Humvees and other vehicles, as well as 150 bundles and other equipment. The event was supposed to be a “heavy drop and personnel airborne operation” that was conducted by the U.S. Army. Most of the cargo were able to land safely however, these three brave Humvees slipped out of the C-130 on their own. Geronimo! Out they went. The vehicles disconnected from their parachutes ahead of their schedule. The three Humvees fell out of the C-130 and ended up in a white cloud of smoke and dust. Poor things.
The incident is still being investigated by the U.S. Army but chances are that the cause might have been improper rigging. Multiple rehearsals and equipment inspection were done prior to the execution of their mission, but it just wasn’t their lucky day. The video has been watched for over 1.5 million times on Facebook and the Army is not happy about it. They said that they will be taking necessary disciplinary action to whoever uploaded it on the social networking site. The only positive note is that no one was injured during the said mishap. Things do happen for a purpose and maybe this incident will help raise awareness to automakers so that they can develop “shock-absorbing” vehicles in the future.
The Humvee or the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle was produced by AM General in 1984 and is still being used primarily by the U.S. military. This four-wheel drive military light truck was primarily designed for the transport of personnel and light cargo behind the front lines. It does not have armour but it is definitely strong enough to survive in the battlefield. It has since been one of the most trusted vehicles by the U.S. Armed Forces all over the world.