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.
HARRIER GR9a JUMP JET DEMO 2010 - RAF COSFORD AIRSHOW (airshowvision)
AIRSHOWVISION present the welcome return to the UK airshow scene of the
Harrier jump jet , this time the latest GR9a. Enjoy this while you can, as
the Harrier will soon be retired as a result of the UK Defence Review.
In atrocious conditions we see this aircraft do a spectacular monsoon take
off, followed by a short wingbourne display, then the crowd favourite - the
Thank You to the RAF for this display and the organisers of the Cosford
If you wish to see more Harrier GR9 footage including the vertical takeoff
and landing, visit AIRSHOWVISION channel or type in
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: