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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, Aug 8, 2006.
Thats awesome. I would have liked to see that in person.
Yea, we've also landed a U-2 on a carrier before
Did use the arresting hook for landing but no catapult for takeoff. Needed less than 300 feet to get airborne
I had seen that the C130 had done it, but not the U2. That's such a great airplane. As a reconnaissance pilot (11R...the AFSC that is the same as my shoesize), it's an option for me to fly.
The U2 stays aloft for so long that there is a tube connected to your stuff that when you need to piss, you just go and it collects in a bag that's inside of your boot. I've talked to one U2 pilot who got enough shrinkage that the tube came off three hours into an 9 hour flight. I asked him what he did. He said held it for as long as he could then he pissed himself and flew 2 hours sitting in his own urine.
we had a guy, LT, **** himself on a long prowler flight, on the carrier, he brought his seat cushion down, and was like, "ill clean that up when i get back" apparently some Thai food didn't agree with him to much(happened right after we pulled out of Thailand)
The pilot of the C-130 was a Lieutenant (O-3) when he did the carrier landing & takeoff.
He retired not too long ago as a Vice Admiral.
The C-130 he flew was later converted into a KC-130F, and as of about a year ago it was still flying with VMGR-352 out of MCAS Miramar.
VMGR-352 Raider's squadron patch
I never got to work on 798, but I did work on 799 when it broke in Cherry Point. I also worked on 149788 & 789, they were all from the same run (1497XX). 788 & 789 were 252 birds, I spent a lot of time on them.
*edit* Marines, look close at the swords
I worked WC-130H's at Anderson AFB, Guam. Plus a lot of Transit A/C.............love The Herky Birds!!!
Lies, lies, lies!!!
the c-130 is cool, but the U-2 is flat amazing
Somebody knows something he cain't talk aboot?
After seeing the NASA ER2's I decided that given my pick of any military aircraft, one of those would be my choice.
The U2 is a very unique aircraft. In fact, I just got home from supporting a flight test mission on the next bird were delivering to the 9RS at Beale AFB.
BTW, the women pilots dont use the pisstank. They were Depends Diapers.
I dont know how they can sit still in a space suit, without being able to move around for 12-14 hours during a mission, and then have the ability to land her (which is not an easy task when you cant see the ground, have to actually stall the wings around 5' before touchdown to make it land, and do it on a 2-wheel "Bicycle" landing gear.) Actually there's some lucky pilot in a chevy camaro chasing the landing aircraft at about 140MPH down the runway and talking him down on radio
I am also familiar with the C-130's. There are several different configurations (Gun Ships, Transports, Broadcast Platform, etc.) but if I ever had to go into a hostile war, hurricane or disaster zone, thats my plane of choice. Its one tuff aircraft
I never thought of a C130 taking off of a carrier, but it makes sense that it could in hindsight.
On the topic of the U2 being used for carrier operations, I read in one of my Skunk Works books that this topic came up one evening when Kelly Johnson was drinking with a Navy General. The Navy General bet Kelly Johnson that a U2 could not take off from an aircraft carrier. Kelly took the bet and the next day they went out to the airfield, marked off the length of a carrier's flight deck and proceeded to launch a U2. The U2 was airborne with plenty of room to spare. If Kelly Johnson takes your bet, you know you're Doomed.
Minor (OK, major) clarification:
There is no such rank as "General" in the US Navy.
The equivalent rank in the US Navy is "Admiral".
Heres a couple vid clips of the C-130 carrier landing and takeoff
Check out this approach
Here was a STOL test that went bad and totaled the aircraft
And one of my favorite vid of the C-130 deploying flares. They call this the "Angel" because the smoke trail looks like the wings of an Angel
Ill call your 130 and u2, raise you 22! ( I feel like throwing up for saying that).http://www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/main5/61B7E66035CC723A852571C40057F72D?opendocument
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