Friday, April 13, 2012

Fire foam released in King Hangar

A test of the fire suppression system of King Hangar at Eglin Air Force Base was captured in this image taken Sept. 3, 2009. The system has 24 foam generators. 
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CHRIS JACOBS / U.S. Air Force


EGLIN AFB — Eight aircraft stored in King Hangar were nearly submerged in fire suppression foam Thursday night when something triggered the emergency response.

What caused the activation about 7:15 p.m. was not known Friday, according to base personnel.

Foam in the hanger was 10 to 12 feet deep in the immediate aftermath.

Eglin Air Force Base spokeswoman Lois Walsh said Friday afternoon that maintenance personnel were still assessing whether the foam had damaged any of the planes. Of the eight planes, five were operational and three were trainers, Walsh said.

None of the base’s F-35s were in the hangar or affected by the incident, Walsh said.

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