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Difficult Carrier Landing

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To bad it's such poor quality that movie, the inscipction under cockpit says LOOK MA NO HOOK

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cool picture Fates :)

 

about the vid, i remember in JAG that Harm landed a CIA C-130 on a carrier

as a tribute to this landing... at least Harm didn't crash it on deck :D

thanks!

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:lol:

 

Does anyone know why it was landing on there?

think I remember read once it was a refueling op,but don't remember who was fueling who?

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think I remember read once it was a refueling op,but don't remember who was fueling who?

 

that's how they were supported and maintained on station in the middle of the North Atlantic during convoy escort ops.

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Supposedly the Hercules was to become a COD aircraft but someone decided such a big plane to be too risky so they came up with the C-2 Greyhound instead...

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Supposedly the Hercules was to become a COD aircraft but someone decided such a big plane to be too risky so they came up with the C-2 Greyhound instead...

 

not quite the correct sequence.

 

For COD we used the C-1 (cargo version of the S-2 which also spawned the E-1). That was replaced by the C-2 based on the FINEST AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING and CONTROL AIRCRAFT in the WORLD - the E-2. :biggrin:

 

Later, the US-3 came into the picture but that was a specialized and limited use aircraft for the IO.

 

The problem was the cargo capacity, and in particular, the ability to deliver an engine to a ship a long way out. The C-2 just could not, and cannot, do large cargo at extended ranges. So some bright (deranged?) minds conceived of the idea of looking at the C-130 as a special use, long range COD. They tried it out on the Forrestal with some special deck markings and procedures to try it out. I actually knew the guy who did it. Lt. James Flately who, as CDR James Flately, was my first CAG on the Indy (wild and crazy dude....) took it out for a spin.

 

at any rate, while determined "feasible" since he managed to get on and off about 20 or so times without breaking anything, it was deemed "impractical" since the carrier had to be cleared of aircraft on deck and required a different line up for launch with special marking on deck for the pilot's references. And some very "interesting" approach procedures (outboards in full reverse on approach with inboards at high power to maintain glideslope - for example)

 

The dirigible in the above photo was refueling from the ship, not delivering cargo to the ship, in order to maintain ASW patrol over a North Atlantic convoy.

 

as another side note - my advanced NFO training was at the same NAS Glynco, GA, although long after the LTA left the fleet.

Edited by Typhoid

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