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  1. A-6 Wingfold Question

    I don't think the struts traveled with the aircraft, they were about 5 to 6 feet long and to my knowledge there is no place in the aircraft to store them. When the maintenance department of the squadron went on detachment or deployment that struts were put in the pack-up and went with all the tools/parts. If the aircraft went on a cross-country flight by itself the struts did not travel with the aircraft, there was no place to put them in the aircraft. On the ship the struts were used when the aircraft was in the hanger bay and the only time I saw them used on the flight deck was when we went to heavy weather tie down (21 chains on the aircraft) and when the aircraft was going to take an elevator ride during heavy seas. They were not installed while the aircraft was on the flight deck during normal ops. Respectfully, GW
  2. Never mind

    Bulleye is half of the duo that made up Afterburner Decals, the other half formed Furball Aero Design. Afterburner Decals shut down and split up back in 2012 (IIRC). Bulleye specializes in USAF subjects (they have produced 1 USN subject), Furball specializes in USN/USMC subjects but does other subjects, including photo-etch detail sets.
  3. US Navy deck & ground crew from reedoak

    No, the turtle-back (humpback) of the Super Hornet and Tomcat were not designed for that kind of load and you were not supposed to be sitting on them. I've seen guys do it.....and I've seen guys get their rear chewed for it. On the Tomcat, they could lean against the turtle back up by the canopy but you could not sit on them, the ribs were not strong enough to support the weight (200 lbs plus). hth
  4. WWII CAS Question

    Just because you don't think the tail wheel was up doesn't mean it's not, believing a lie doesn't make it true. Firebombs are not delivered in level flight, they are delivered in a 10 to 30 degree dive, this helps increase the splash pattern (coverage area). Also, there is a minimum and maximum release airspeed limit for delivering ordnance in order for the fuze to arm properly, hence the reason for deploying speed-brakes while in a dive. You don't just take off and start dropping ordnance 15 seconds after take off, especially within close proximity to friendly ground forces, that's a sure fire way to fry your own forces and that doesnn't help your side at all. If they were releasing ordnance 15 seconds after take-off like you have stated I'm sure they were not above the minimum release airspeed (for firebombs it was at least above 150 knots) since they were still climbing for altitude with a fully loaded aircraft. There's a lot to consider when employing ordnance, you don't just take off and hit the pickle. You have carriage/release min/max airspeed limits, fuze arm time/time of fall, down range travel, splash pattern, hazard pattern and now a days, safe escape just to name a few. We'll just have to agree to disagree and let the reader's of this thread make up their own minds.
  5. Information About Specific F/A-18F

    For the buddy store you are looking for the A/A42-4 or -5 (depending on time frame you are doing). The -4 was in use from the early 2000's to about five years ago, then the -5 took over. The main difference is the nose RAT, they are different shape. The D704 was not used by the Super Hornet. This link has a lot of useful info; http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2015/06/things-under-wings-inflight-refueling.html
  6. Information About Specific F/A-18F

    When I was in (84-04), CAG was qual'ed in two type of aircraft in the Airwing, usually F-14's and one of the attack type.
  7. I would recommend using a LAU-68 Rocket Launcher and just plugging the center hole. For 1/72 scale purposes, the LAU-5002 is basically a LAU-68 with different end covers (blanking off the center tube). A LAU-131 would work also.
  8. The Marines....

    To my knowledge, there are no plans for the USMC to purchase the EA-18G. Once the Prowlers are gone, they will rely on the USN for their EW needs.
  9. WWII CAS Question

    According to Warbird Tech #4, Vought F4U Corsair, page 53. "A selector handle in the cockpit within reach of the pilot's left hand is both landing gear actuator and dive brake operator. Seated at the bottom of a square U-shaped channel, the handle can be pushed to the left and up to lower the gear, or to the right and up to actuate the main gear dive brakes. ......... When the dive brake option is selected, the tailwheel remains retracted." In this thread you can see the landing gear handle, the gear up position is down, and the gear down is up. The dive brake channel is blanket off, probably an modification after the war to prevent the pilot from using that position by mistake. http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=16493 A picture can also be found in the SAM Publication's MDF 18, The Vought F4U Corsair, A Comprehensive Guide by Rafe Morrissey & Joe Hegedus, page 23 & 31.
  10. WWII CAS Question

    Please note that the first Corsair has it's main gear down but the tail wheel is in the up position. The second aircraft has it's gear completely up. On the Corsair, you can not just raise the tail wheel, all three gear retract. The gear handle was in a U shaped channel, seated at the bottom, to the left and up lowered the gear, to the right and up dropped the main gear to act as speed brakes. When the handle was to the right, the tail wheel stayed retracted. Now, if they didn't need to raise their gear, why did the first one raise his gear then deploy them in the speed brake mode? And the second raised his gear complete?
  11. WWII CAS Question

    Are we talking about this film clip? http://www.gettyimages.fi/detail/video/news-footage/mr_00084975
  12. WWII CAS Question

    I I took it as the OP was asking if the F4U did CAS with it's gear down, not asking for confirmation of the accuracy of the show.
  13. WWII CAS Question

    I was talking about doing CAS/dropping Ordnance with the gear down, not the series. For the record, I have not seen series.
  14. WWII CAS Question

    That was a real thing, the F4U used their main landing gear as dive brakes. There was a special position for the landing gear handle that would drop the main gear but leave the tail wheel in the up position.
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