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  •  They're freakishly expensive and quite dangerous. (1+ / 0-)
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    agnostic

    JATO devices are not routinely used, in fact, they're pretty rarely used even by the military.  They were designed to get heavy or overloaded cargo planes off short or unpaved runways in the field.

    There actually was an accident during testing in 1980 when a C-130 crashed due to a JATO malfunction.  It wasn't on takeoff, though - it was a short field landing test.

    Used to be that the Blue Angels carried Fat Albert (a Marines C-130T) with them to demonstrate a JATO, though I don't think they do that any more due to the expense.

    •  The mice? (1+ / 0-)
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      ArchTeryx

      We use similar devices when launching the latest craft to space.  They have become cheaper and safer with time. I assure the same could be done with JATOs.

      or even mice.

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      by agnostic on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 02:05:14 PM PDT

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    •  C-130 JATO Takeoff Is Impressive (2+ / 0-)
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      BlackSheep1, ArchTeryx

      JATO mounted backwards ahead of the wing for short landings was sort of ill-conceived, to say the least.

      "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

      by midnight lurker on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 08:22:54 PM PDT

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