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  1. The 3P means the brown shirt is a Plane Captain for the third squadron, aircraft who's side number (modex) starts with 3xx. So, if you are doing a diaroma and the aircraft side number is 207, the Plane Captain's cranial will have "2P".
  2. Actually, you both are correct, it just depends on the time frame being discussed. Before early 90's, AO1 is correct, it was basically a grab bag of markings applied to cranials. After 91/92 time frame, things started to get more standardized. First, CAG's started coming up with their own standards and then towards the late 90's CV NATOPS came out with a standardization for all float coats and cranials. RW is stating the current standards (and the standards for the past 10-15 years), AO1 is stating the standards (or lack of) before the early 90's.
  3. If bombs get the reactors we would have bigger issues to worry about, carriers from the Forrestal Class and up have an armored hull inside the hull and an armored flight deck. Also, think of the Forrestal, it had 7 to 8 500 and 750 pound bombs detonate on her flight deck and all the damage she sustained yet none of that damage ever came close to the engineering spaces.
  4. There is a huge difference between conventional and nuclear powered aircraft carriers, nuclear powered carriers have more operational capabilities and more comfortable for the crew. Nukes have more room, can launch aircraft faster and more often and have a lower risk of cold cats, among other things. I've done cruises on both and the only time we ever went to water hours on a nuke is when we were stuck in port at Perth due to a storm and could dump our waste water, on a conventional, we were on water hours 12 hours after we pulled out of home port. Basically, conventional carriers suck and nukes are like a cruise ship compared to conventional.
  5. Not necessarily, while at sea the scheme the aircraft is in is just maintained. You have to get special permission to repaint an aircraft while onboard ship, only touch ups and applying squadron markings are allowed. One thing to keep in mind, aircraft are only completely repainted at the depot because once the aircraft is repainted has to be weighed and the weight n' balance has to be recalculated, weighing the aircraft can not be done at the squadron level.
  6. This is what happens when you get a bunch of wiz-kids together who think a piece of paper makes them smarter than those who have actually been there done that, I see it just about everyday at work.
  7. The only thing missing is the high speed pass on the Admiral's daughter.
  8. Recommend dull silver/metallic grey for the rocket motor and olive drab for the warhead. IIRC, the French used U.S. HVAR's.
  9. That's why I buy analog Kindles only, never have to reboot them and I never have to worry about the battery dying.😂
  10. I don't think it's a Detail & Scale issue but an Amazon issue and recommend you contact Amazon about it. If you want to contact Detail & Scale you can try their Facebook page here; https://www.facebook.com/milavnarc/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARBUSup_Uta7KjtDSblqxH-0Bw82_7EctJek9EOo3uWuzP_J0jstvPZumNyjIZFlpx1JCZmQlOYXSdbh Here is their home page but the "Contact Us" is under construction so I'm not sure if it's any help but thought I would pass it along. http://www.detailandscale.com/index.html
  11. Yep, it's now being reported that the aircraft did in fact have live ordnance onboard, a "standard weapons package", whatever the hell that is. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In general, modern ordnance is designed not to detonate during a crash, in a fire is a different story and it sounds like the fire didn't last long enough to cook off the weapons. You can drop a Mk 82 with a fuze (safed) 500 feet and all it would do is go thud.
  12. They're in a box buried in the attic.
  13. As far as ordnance on the aircraft, from my understanding is this was a training flight so I would think that it was loaded with INERT ordnance, if it was carrying any ordnance at all. When fighting an aircraft fire the first though it fighting the fire is if there is ordnance on the aircraft and fighting the fire to prevent the ordnance from cooking off until you verify that no ordnance was loaded. When fighting a tactical military aircraft fire one of the first questions asked is; "is there ordnance on the aircraft", "how much ordnance and what type" for you assume that there is ordnance loaded until you get official confirmation to whether or not it in fact does have ordnance loaded. Also, you always assume that any ordnance you see is live until it is verified to be inert so the first responders could have seen an inert Sidewinder/AMRAAM and (correctly) assume it was live. Also, engine fire-bottles, ejection seats and canopy jettison systems all have ordnance and precautions have to be taken concerning them. Even though the pilot ejected, you still have to be careful of residual pyrotechnics that may be present.
  14. The F-14 had no problem launching off a carrier with over 10,000 of ordnance, seen it done several times. Max cat weight is 76,000 lbs, basic 43,735 for the F-14D (F-14B is 43,600), max fuel is 20K so that leaves you with about 10K of room for ordnance/suspension equipment. Lessen the fuel, more ordnance you can carry and then just tank after you launch (which we did often). The space is where it gets you, it is possible to redesign the belly rails so that you can carry six on the belly and two on the wings, if you put one under each nacelle in place of the drop tanks then you can do ten buffalo's.
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