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Pic of the Day: Foam Party!

by John Reed on May 16, 2012

Yup, the ceiling-mounted fire suppression system at this Eglin Air Force Base hangar was set off by a welders spark; submerging an A-10 Warthog, an F-16 Viper and an F-15 Eagle sitting inside the massive hangar in foam in a matter of minutes, according to the guy who posted it on Reddit.

Hope they had fun cleaning that up.

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Sgt_Buffy May 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

I want to get in the pilots seat, make whooshing noises, and pretend I'm flying in the clouds.

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Uranium238 May 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

LMAO!!!!! That is hilarious!

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WRG01 May 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Settle down Harvey Milk.

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tiger May 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm
UAVGeek May 17, 2012 at 1:30 am

A Travesty considering that generation of SF politicians did irreparable damage to the Nation's defense on the west coast.

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DC2 Jennings May 16, 2012 at 11:18 am

it also looks like the F-15 has had panels on the wing removed…. not good.

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joe May 18, 2012 at 4:26 am

Well – if it was a welder's spark, they had to have been welding something, I guess.

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Michael December 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Looks like flap or aileron access pnl to me.

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Nicky May 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

Where are the bikini girls, Dj music and the drinks for this party

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LeoC May 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

Don't forget the Disco ball.

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Nicky May 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I know some places in Euro where they have naked foam parties

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coolhand77 May 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Heh, apparently you've never been to the Texas Rennisance Festival camp ground parties…they had one of those a couple years back in a surplus tent…just sayin! [I was stupid in love with my now ex wife at the time so I didn't attend, I just saw the aftermath]

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blight_ May 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Sign this disclaimer that you read the MSDS…

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Jeff May 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Nice to know it works.

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Hotel55 May 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Maybe the AF can get the foam system designers to work on the F-22 and F-35?

: )

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DC2 Jennings May 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

AFFF is going to ruin those planes. At a minimum they will require repainting in less than a year. AFFF is very corrosive. But as Jeff said, at least it worked.

DC2

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Vaporhead May 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Depends what AFFF they are using. Anything made in the last decade or two are non corrosive.

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Chris May 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

That's not AFFF – it's high expansion foam, HEF. Not corrosive at all.

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DC2 Jennings May 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

good call guys. guess i am old school.

DC2

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Guest A May 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Ain't no party like an AF party, 'cause an AF party don't stop!

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4FingerOfBouron May 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

FOD anyone?

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Rohan May 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Was that carelessness ???????????????

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Riceball May 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

OPSEC violation! The bad guys will look at this picture and know that we have use foam fire suppression systems in our hangars and either reverse engineer our formula and/or use the knowledge that we have foam fire suppression systems in our hangars for nefarious purposes like coming up with ways of making fires that are foam proof. Because, you know, every picture posted and every little detail about our military is an OPSEC violation. You never know how knowing that our guns shoot bullets, our troops eat MREs in the field, and our vehicles run on gas/diesel can potentially be used against.

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DGR May 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Iran will announce next week that their mighty fire suppresion system can fill a hanger in 2 min or less! Iran's fire technology is much better and more efficiant and will stop any attack by the American pigs!

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Rebel Boy May 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

communist bastard

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DGR May 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

You do realize this is a joke right?

I have a feeling that your sarcasm detector is broken, might want to have that looked at……

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salovel May 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Shazaam, a joke? Detector is up and running. Bad joke, marginal sarcasm.

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John Moore May 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I LOL nice!

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Josh May 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Rebel Boy, you know Iran isn't a communist country right?

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blight_ May 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

Iran kills communists. That makes them…darn, in the old days it would have been friends.

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Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Then America will announce there is WMD hidden underneath the foam and will launch an invasion then occupy for 10 years!

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Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Awww, is it not as funny when you mock our side and not the evil bad guy's side? Or is it too close to the truth?

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PorkRoll May 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

No, it just wasn't funny. Might want to try harder next time.

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EW3 May 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Suspect they will need it within the next year.

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miles May 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Bad Defence tech Bad SYFY wire had this story for a couple of days now.

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JackBlack May 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Plane-wash wowowow it's a plane wash babe, yep.
F-22 is missing here, but he is not present due to paint peeling off from water. OMGLOL

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Ron May 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Clean up Hanger 5.. Need bucket and mop..

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DGR May 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

"Ya boss, were going to need leef blowers and firehoses over at hanger 5."

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Gollum May 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm

And lots of fans.

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DGR May 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

WINNING!!!

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Jayson May 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Since the f22 has super duper capabilities, lets see if it's engines can blow all the foam out to doors too. Dog fight, intercept, knock out the pilots and grounds crew and clean up.

What CAN'T the F22 do?

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Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

"What CAN'T the F22 do? "

Go above 10,000 feet.

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Anon May 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

LOL! Well played, sir.

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Lance May 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Because the Oxygen system would suffocate the foam.

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Lance May 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Looks fun wheres the drinks. LOL

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tiger May 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Is it safe to say A welding job opening is available?

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Just-Joe May 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Funny, usually these systems are set off by a manual lever or button, so that inadvertant “sparks” dont set them off. Same actuation as the halon systems they replace. These fire systems are also far from secret, and used in civilian/corporate hangars.

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Chris May 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

No they are set off by water flow from sprinklers also in the hangar for the past 10 years and perhaps before that. So esentially a heat detector. There are a few that have other types of detection like IR which is probably what was here IF reports are accurate and they are often not. Halon was never used in a hangar, in the engine enclosure, but not the whole hangar. Halon requires a sealed space which hangars are the definition of unsealed in most cases. And I've never heard of a manual only fire protection system for buildings and been doing this for 20 years. But suppose there could be one out there. They CAN be set off manually but do NOT require manual.

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JackBlack May 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Air brake is lifted, so the currents down there must be immense.

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Bruster May 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm
Davyd May 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I cannot for the life of me figure out what is happening in that picture. Snowblower aimed the wrong way? That has to be more of the same – an AFFF test, or something from a truck. Unless it's a shop. The grass wouldn't be that visible if there was that much snow.

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DriftingJesus May 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I god. We've got a redditor on our hands…..lol

Well at least we know the fire suppression system is in order.

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Justin May 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

It looks like there's foam outside too? haha

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Penguinsix May 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I'm so old the first thing I thought of was The Brady Bunch.

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tiger May 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I'm so old I would have said Jack Lemmon blowing up the laundry in "Mr. Roberts."

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elmondohummus May 17, 2012 at 11:51 am

I guess I'm a dirty old man. The first thing *I* thought of was that old "Wild On E!" travel/party show. :D

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Kole May 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Whoever has to clean that up better be paid overtime!

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Dlfisgreen May 17, 2012 at 8:16 am

These are hard working planes. Probably needed to soak in a bubble bath after a long hard day. Can someone find the loofa I dropped

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Gunner May 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

Cleanup in aisle 5—LOL!

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elmondohummus May 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

Well, I'm impressed. This is a more adult crowd here at Defensetech than elsewhere. I haven't seen a single pornographic joke about what the A-10 did to the other two jets so far. ;)

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Fredhawg May 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm

This will reflect badly on your EPR.

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Davyd May 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Those are hangar queens – hence why they tested the AFFF there. Closer inspection of larger pics shows all kinds of things missing from the Eagle (including an ominous looking fincode), the rear part of the Falcons' cockpit is covered indicating some kind of frame/avionic work. The Hog looks like it might be in the best shape, but why test this stuff with the cockpit and engine bay open? Plus, look at how far onto the tarmac the foam spills out. This was an out of the way place – the kind of place you put spares in.

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0311 USMC May 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

Surprised this one didn't make the daily news in Niceville. Pretty sure i've been in that hanger a time or two.

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Michael December 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Ahh they are only kidding!
It's just dry ice covering up the pot smoke party.

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Fire Sprinkler System January 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm
John Moore May 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Thinking from the other side, how about trying to hack and trigger the system.

Damage all those planes without a single missile.

Just another angle of attack.

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Obsydean May 17, 2012 at 12:40 am

In Soviet Russia, Pavel Ivanovich was sentenced to 11 years in the gulag. He had published in a broadsheet, "Stalin is an idiot". The judge gave him one year for insulting Stalin, and ten years for revealing a State Secret.

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Riceball May 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

It is a serious matter but too many people on sites like this take it way too seriously and consider even the most trivial and well known thing like our riles are chambered for 5.56 as OPSEC.

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Charles May 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Why are you so opposed to it? Are you uncomfortable with the thought that a homosexual might deserve an honor of this type, or that homosexuals haven't fought and died to keep America safe? Grow up. You dishonor the thousands of gays that have served to protect you and yours from harm.

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Michael December 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

How about "The Good Ship lollipop"?

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tiger May 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Ships are not named for political reasons, to pay off voting blocks or any other crap.
He did nothing worthy of the honor & nothing in his service more notable than I did.
We have a long list of Navy Cross & MOH winners deserving of such a honor. Ms. Giffords is not Homosexual & oppose a ship in her name just as strongly, if not more.

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Richard May 17, 2012 at 3:28 am

haha that sounds like a joke Reagan would've cracked.

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