Kenya Air Force fighter jet cockpit canopy falls from the skies


Kenya Air Force fighter jet cockpit canopy falls from the skies
Kenya Air Force officials after they retrieved a cockpit fighter jet canopy that fell from the skies.

In Summary

  • The question would shortly be answered when the owners of the "windshield", later identified as a rear canopy of a fighter jet, came calling complete with uniforms and a four-wheel drive vehicle with a machine gun mounted at the back.
  • Canopy is the glass enclosure that protects the pilots from wind and other elements.

There was panic and concern in Matanya village, Nanyuki after a piece of a Kenyan fighter jet fell from the skies on Monday morning.

The residents milled around the piece of glass that resembles a car’s windshield, only a lot more sophisticated, trying to figure out who’s the owner.

The question would shortly be answered when Kenya Air Force, the owners of the “windshield”, later identified as a rear canopy of a fighter jet, came calling complete with uniforms and a four-wheel drive vehicle with a machine gun mounted at the back.

Canopy is the glass enclosure that protects the pilots from wind and other elements.

The military officials from the Rapid Deployment Squadron (RDS) unit however did not have an issue with the villagers and were very friendly and relieved that they had retrieved their property and were soon on their way.

A few even had their faces covered and looked like they were ready for combat but luckily for the villagers, it did not come to that.

It is not known how the rear-canopy became unattached from the fighter jet which was manufactured in 2016 by California-based Merex Aircraft Company, Inc.

The fate of the pilot is also unknown but it is assumed he made back to base safe and sound.

 

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