C-130 YMC-130H Lockheed Hercules flight test accident crash
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Top secret Iran hostage rescue mission aircraft
YMC-130H were three modified Lockheed Hercules Aircraft for Top Secret
"Operation Credible Sport", for second Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt.
One of the measures considered for a second hostage rescue attempt in Iran
was a project to develop a "Super STOL" aircraft, to be flown by Combat
Talon crews, that would use a soccer stadium near the US Embassy as an
improvised landing field. Called Credible Sport, the project acquired three
C-130H transports from an airlift unit in late August 1980, one as a test
bed and two for the mission, and modified them on an accelerated basis.
Designated as the XFC-130H, the aircraft were modified by the installation
of 30 rockets in five sets: eight firing forward to stop the aircraft,
eight downward to brake its descent rate, eight rearward for takeoff
assist, four mounted on the wings to stabilize them during takeoff
transition, and two at the rear of the tail to prevent it from striking the
ground because of over-rotation. Other STOL features included a dorsal and
two ventral fins on the rear fuselage, double-slotted flaps and extended
ailerons, a new radome, a tailhook for landing aboard an aircraft carrier,
and Combat Talon avionics, including a TF/TA radar, a defensive
countermeasures suite, and a Doppler radar/GPS tie-in to the aircraft's
inertial navigation system.
Of the three aircraft, only one received full modification. The program
abruptly ended when it crashed during testing on October 29, 1980, and
international events soon after rendered another rescue attempt moot.
2010 MCAS Miramar Air Show - F-22 Raptor Arrival/Practice (Great Vapor!)
2010 M.C.A.S. Miramar Air Show - (Friday October 1, 2010) - 2 F-22 Raptors
from the F-22 Raptor Demo Team (TY 016 00 & FF 066 04) arrived at MCAS
Miramar @ 12:25pm during Friday's show. As they arrive, Maj David "Zeke"
Skalicky does some Intense Pitch ups with a massive amount of Vapor & Noise
in preparation to land.
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ONE OF A KIND US Military V 22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft
The United States Armed Forces[N 1] are the military forces of the United
States of America. They consist of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force,
and Coast Guard. The U.S. has a strong tradition of civilian control of
the military. The President of the United States is the military's overall
head, and helps form military policy with the U.S. Department of Defense
(DoD), a federal executive department, acting as the principal organ by
which military policy is carried out. The DoD is headed by the Secretary of
Defense, who is a civilian and Cabinet member. The Defense Secretary is
second in the military's chain of command, just below the President, and
serves as the principal assistant to the President in all DoD-related
matters. To coordinate military action with diplomacy, the President has
an advisory National Security Council headed by a National Security
Advisor. Both the President and Secretary of Defense are advised by a
seven-member Joint Chiefs of Staff, which includes the head of each of the
Defense Department's service branches as well as the chief of the National
Guard Bureau. Leadership is provided by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Commandant
of the Coast Guard is not a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, military,
tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and
short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the
functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed
cruise performance of a turboprop
The V-22 originated from the United States Department of Defense
Joint-service Vertical take-off/landing Experimental (JVX) aircraft program
started in 1981. The team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopters was
awarded a development contract in 1983 for the tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell
Boeing team jointly produce the aircraft. The V-22 first flew in 1989,
and began flight testing and design alterations; the complexity and
difficulties of being the first tiltrotor intended for military service in
the world led to many years of development.
The United States Marine Corps began crew training for the Osprey in 2000,
and fielded it in 2007; it is supplementing and will eventually replace
their CH-46 Sea Knights. The Osprey's other operator, the U.S. Air Force,
fielded their version of the tiltrotor in 2009. Since entering service with
the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force, the Osprey has been deployed in both
combat and rescue operations over Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
The Osprey is the world's first production tiltrotor aircraft, with one
three-bladed proprotor, turboprop
engine, and transmission nacelle mounted on each wingtip. It is classified
as a powered lift aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration. For
takeoff and landing, it typically operates as a helicopter with the
nacelles vertical and rotors horizontal. Once airborne, the nacelles rotate
forward 90° in as little as 12 seconds for horizontal flight, converting
the V-22 to a more fuel efficient, higher speed turboprop aircraft. STOL rolling-takeoff and
landing capability is achieved by having the nacelles tilted forward up to
45°. Other orientations are possible, such as the "80 Jump" takeoff
which uses nacelles at 80° to quickly achieve high altitude and speed.
Composite materials make up 43% of the V-22's airframe. The proprotors
blades also use composites. For compact storage and transport, partly
on Marine launch ships, the V-22's rotors fold in 90 seconds and its wing
rotates to align, front-to-back, with the fuselage. Due to the
requirement of folding the rotors their 38 feet diameter is 5 feet less
than optimal for vertical takeoff, resulting in high disk loading. Most
Osprey missions use fixed wing flight 75 percent or more of the time,
reducing wear and tear on the aircraft and reducing operational costs. This
fixed wing flight is higher than typical helicopter missions allowing
longer range line-of-sight communications for improved command and
The V-22's two Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines are connected by drive shafts
to a common central gearbox so that one engine can power both proprotors if
an engine failure occurs. However, if a proprotor gearbox fails that
proprotor cannot be feathered, and both engines must be stopped before an
emergency landing. The aircraft's autorotation characteristics are poor
partly because the rotors have low inertia. Boeing has stated the V-22
design loses 10% of its vertical lift over a Tiltwing design when operating
in helicopter mode because of airflow resistance due to the wings, but that
the Tiltrotor design has better short takeoff and landing performance.
The rotorwash usually prevents usage of the starboard door in hover, and
the rear ramp is used for rappelling and hoisting.
Cottesmore Harriers,wave goodbye.
Harrier pilots wave goodbye to the crowd of fans who have come to see the
last all British front line fighter before it's taken out of action after
it's 41 years of distinguished service. Taken on 28/10/2010 shortly after
their early retirement was announced and shows various methods of take off
and landing at RAF Cottesmore (also closed shortly afterwards). Featuring
ps. All of these aircraft were retired on 15/12/2010 and have been broken
up and sold to the USMC for spare parts except for ZD433 45A (note the
Afghanistan mission markings on the left side) which has gone to the FAA
museum at Yeovilton.
Other aircraft saved (not shown here) are,ZG477at Cosford, ZD319 at
Wittering and ZD461/51A at the IWM.
Update, April 2012 - all of these aircraft (apart from preserved) are now
at AMARG (the boneyard) in the Arizona desert. (Info. thanks to das at
Visit this site to see the Harriers now.
What happens when you lose your tail rotor
Video of a helicopter crash after problems with the tail rotor... no
serious injuries. I actually think my other similar video of a Sikorsky
suffering a tail rotor failure is more spectacular. It's here:
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