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  1. I second the question about their distributorship and other companies they have snatched up...is it just the mail order that's in trouble or did they dork up their corporate structure and the whole enterprise is in extremis? If it is the latter - HUGE impact to the hobby.
  2. Officially it is a "representative shape" to a notional signature target in order to assess the flying qualities of a tailless air vehicle in the ship environment. No hard signature requirement.
  3. Actually, he gets to sit in an air conditioned space on the O2 level drinking coffee, eating Cheetos, whizzing in a real toilet and watching movies in the background.
  4. COD's and engines have a bad track record. Sometimes. But also running the air campaign and close air support show during OEF and OIF was pretty cool. Providing overwatch, air support and MEDEVAC for convoy ops in Iraq in 2006 (what we called "OnStar" missions) was pretty dam cool too and one of the most rewarding things I did during my 21 years. More so than being on lockdown in a hotel and flying mail.But to each their own. From talking with the bro's at the VAW/VRC Wing, the big deal with the V-22 is opening up the COD mission to other air capable ships and locations. Instead of one of those places waiting for a couple days to get a critical part via the carrier hub and spoke system, the V-22 can take it directly to them. 2 more points: CODs have been SLEP'd at least once, some twice and all should have new outer wings by now. E-2D's are almost all new; there's a decent amount of government furnished parts (seats and props being examples) that are not new. HTH Spongebob
  5. Not in the E-2. You hold what you have until you don't slow down. If you bring the power up like a jet as the plane traps p-factor will walk the plane over to the left deck edge when you have reduced rudder effectiveness (as you slow down) and no nose wheel steering. Spool up time is 1-2 seconds and the prop will actually increase pitch as the power lever is brought forward leading the engine so going around is usually not an issue. My guess is it parted pretty early. A late parting is one of those "you're fooked" areas in an E-2 or COD.
  6. Yes...I believe the color coding is thrust based since "tension" is 5000lbs of force for all aircraft.
  7. Quick correction to the above...the box was a modification made to accept the new nose-tow aircraft on older catapults. Nose-tow use the hold back bar (half the dumbbell stays in the bar, the other half stays with the plane) which goes into a "snubber" that also absorbs the shock/vibrations; previous bridle aircraft use the hold back strap on the keel, which attaches to the deck behind the catapult slot (you can see it just behind the left nose wheel in the pic). So, the box is the snubber added to older cats. Once the cats were updated, the snubber gear was placed in the deck. I think Vinson was the last carrier to be equipped with the bridle holdback system. HTH Spongebob
  8. the panel lines are way overdone.
  9. Saw this flying while playing golf, er, working this week. Looks good. Empty back seat which should be considered a crime.
  10. In your overhead shot, you can see it is in the 3-color scheme. It can be very subtle depending on the light (especially bright sunlight) but you can see the demarcation on the doghouse.
  11. She's hiding a big butt under that jacket. Time to wave over a NFO.
  12. Was going to say that looks pretty close to the E2/C2 wing fold but with only 2 locking cylinders. Same method of aileron actuation!
  13. When shut down, flaps/slats should be up. They are hydraulically operated and over several hours the flaps will bleed down; typically the slats will stay closed. HTH Sponbebob
  14. Technically there are some rivets in there...but if a rivet has a black ring around it probably needs to be looked at to see if it is loose. Most of what you're seeing are stainless steel fasteners (screws) holding the panels down. On a US Navy aircraft they should be painted over. HTH Spongebob
  15. A couple of reasons: - Shares the pain. The F squadron has more aircrew to share the workload - Allows NFO's on the embarked staffs to get flight time without having to be super proficient. Used to be a core S-3 mission. - Allows Pilots on the embarked staffs to get flight time without having to be super proficient with a back-seater to do the hard stuff. - Nugget "good deal night traps" in the F squadron. The difference in the amount of "give" between the E and F is minimal. The 5W configuration was used up until a couple years ago when nobody wanted to use the E/F for tanking in any way different than how the S-3 was used. This resulted in A LOT of dumped gas since the external tanks need to be empty for the jet to recover. Back in 2003 CVW-11 did a fair amount of 3W tanking but it died out. Currently, they seem to run just the buddy store most of the time and probably do yo-yo tanking (launch, give away some love and recover on the same cycle). HTH Spongebob
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