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.
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.
Antonov AN 225 loading,taxi and take off at East Midlands Airport 26th Oct 2009
Taken at East Midlands Airport 26th October 2009, this video is of the
Antonov An 225 Mriya, the largest cargo plane flying today. She was built
in 1988 by Antonov, Ukraine. This massive plane was due to take off
yesterday but was delayed as she didn't have a cargo. We arrived at the
airport about 10am with the take off scheduled for 11am. Just after 10.30
we heard the engines being fired up, after a good engine warm up she
started to move just a short distance. The nose cone was lifted, I assume
for cargo to be loaded. At about 11am she was on the move again, this time
she taxied out on to the runway. She passed very close to where we were
standing and disappeared from sight to the other end of the runway. We
heard her engines howling and she came into view again already airborne and
then flew overhead and into low level cloud.
I hope you enjoy the video, though it really does not do justice to the
incredible size of this plane.
Chinook CH-47 RAF HC Mk2/2A Boeing helicopter, wheelie in reverse !
Stay with the video and see the Chinook do a reverse wheelie! Boeing HC
Mk2/2A Chinook air show display with the aircraft landing and doing a
reverse take off with front gear off the runway. (pinnicle landing) Display
Team is made up of personnel from 18(B) Squadron, and is supported by a
team of engineers from 18/27 Engineering Squadron, all based at RAF Odiham
in Hampshire. Look out for the fish mouth at the rear of the aircraft.
The complete Chinnok display routine can be seen here.
Highlights from the air show can be found
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