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  1. Not silly at all. It's a good question. The answer is, they don't. They can "bail out", but there are no ejection seats. Here's an interesting article discussing the topic: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/25572/confessions-of-an-e-2c-hawkeye-radar-operator
  2. I am dumbfounded that this is 1/72. The detail is mind-blowing! Well done!
  3. Not necessarily about the kill. I'm not sure about the buno on that particular jet, but quite a few Alphas were re-manufactured into Deltas. It's possible that could be one of them. If it is one of those that earned a kill, I would think they would keep the marking on it, but who knows. As for the loadout, that would be possible. But the Phoenix would be slung from the left wing pylon, with a lantirn pod on the right. And there would likely be 2 JDAMs underneath.
  4. Was watching this video and saw this mishap. Can anyone shed some light on what happened? It seems extremely odd to hit the bow after a bolter and/or touch and go. https://youtu.be/CgMfqLzA0SY?t=329
  5. I don't post much, but I had to on this one. After seeing this and the build, I can say with certainty that you are the finest modeler I have ever seen. Kudos, Sir.
  6. Off topic, but is the jet in the article missing it's launch bar??
  7. I hope this isn't a repost, but I came across this and thought some of you might enjoy it.
  8. The Blues honoring Major Del Bagno
  9. Ah.... Very interesting stuff. Thanks for the info!
  10. I'll cut to the chase... Why is it that some (mostly early model) HUDs have 2 pieces of glass?
  11. Absolutely gorgeous. I've been looking over the pics for a good 15 minutes.
  12. Does anyone have any info on this? As is standard with YouTube, there are lots of conflicting reports in the comments.
  13. Hi, all. When do the pilots of E-2s and C-2s first get carrier qualified? Do they do it in the T-45, or is their first time on the boat in the actual aircraft? Just curious. Thx
  14. Gents, I came across this video and am in love with it. It's a video from early on in the 1997 season at El Centro. It is a great video for many reasons, but most of all because it shows these guys are human and make a LOT of mistakes prior to being "show ready". Enjoy.
  15. Sorry. :unsure: That's what happens when I have one too many and start surfing the forums.
  16. Here is what you have been waiting for.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s7syNaKgeo&feature=youtu.be
  17. No worries. I also wondered the very same thing. Most fighters don't have dedicated "inverted" flight fuel systems because the jet is not intended to be flown inverted for extended periods of time. Jets like the F-18 can handle inverted flight with the standard systems for around 20-30 seconds (NATOPS dictates the actual times for each jet), but the Blues push that NATOPS limit. So, they incorporate a dedicated system to stay safe. That said, even the modified inverted fuel system only adds 10 seconds to their NATOPS limit. In this video you can see the annumciators for the system just to the right of the HUD. You'll notice that as he goes inverted for the Double Farvel, the 2 red lights illuminate. If that clip went a little longer, you'd see the 3rd set of lights come on, telling the pilot it's time to roll out.
  18. They also install an inverted flight fuel system. From what I understand this is the biggest modification in terms of time. Then there are the cockpit mods which include the spring for the stick, annunciators and controls for the inverted fuel system, stopwatch, and ejection seat mods.
  19. Modify, test, deliver, then painted . That's how it was explained to me.
  20. I flew with a guy last week who is a test pilot for Hornets at Boeing KVQQ. They have begun converting Echo models to BA standards and will be test flying them soon. He also mentioned the Sept 2017 date is the "delivery" date - not the transition date. So my guess is come 2 JAN 2018, it's Super Bugs at El Centro.
  21. Gents (and ladies), After 2.5 years of looking and researching, I have come to believe that there is no video footage of the very last F-14 catshot. I'm very serious. I've contacted countless people in the F-14 community, as well as those on the TR when the last shot happened. Nothing. I realize many people consider the launch of AJ 201 seen here: to be considered the "last launch". However, that was the last launch returning from a combat cruise. The actual LAST catshot was done during a "work-up" by AJ 112 from VF-31 seen here with all 7 Shooters taking part : http://www.anft.net/f-14/f14-lastcatshot.htmAll that said, how can footage of the actual last catshot not exist????
  22. Do you mind if I ask what year that occurred? It was precisely those types of accidents that I thought lead to a NATOPS change in 1983-1984 to require all Alphas to launch in Zone 5.
  23. Rightwinger is correct about the loadout determining if burner is needed for a Hornet launch. Supers and legacy Hornets each have their own NATOPS requirements. You might be thinking of Tomcats. F-14As required burner for every catshot after a few accidents in the early 80's. Bravos and Deltas would both launch in dry thrust regardless of loadout. All Tomcats trapped using only military thrust, but there are plenty of Alpha pilots who wish they could have gone straight into burner on landing. The difference was the type of detent on Tomcat throttles to go from military to max power. This lead to some accidents in Alphas if the pilot was slow to go to MIL, or if the cable snapped. The TF-30s just didn't have enough thrust in military power, and once the jet slowed even a little bit, the jet was in real trouble unless the pilot was quick to get around the burner detent. In this example the pilot didn't get it into burner in time, and the jet went in the water: In this other example, the pilot got it into burner in time and the jet was able to climb away, but the RIO pulled the handle (can't say I blame him):
  24. All jets go into military power (full power without afterburner) when they hit the deck. But, in Hornets, the detent between military power and burner is not very tough to push through - it's only a couple more pounds of pressure if that. So, between adrenaline and the force of being thrown forward, most Hornet drivers end up going into burner in the last few seconds.
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