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  •  there was that verticle lift rotating 4 engine (1+ / 0-)
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    bus that Mr Finals posted recently, that thing was terrific!

    and said to be the only 4 engine plane to carrier land and takeoff.

    The whole wing with engines rotated to vertical and the plane could, at great expense lift and hover. Most times they said they rolled a little bit and some intermediate angle so as to get lift too.

    Now imagine four jet engines pointed straight down.

    Now imagine many fire trucks.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 12:59:14 PM PDT

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    •  There's another 4 engine plane that did so (4+ / 0-)

      If you're talking about landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier, there was a series of tests involving the C-130 Hercules a ways back. No need for rotating engines to hover - just flying it on and off.

      They demonstrated the concept, but it was decided not to pursue it. The video below gets to it around 2 minutes in. (Note - the Navy no longer operates Herks on skis. The 109th out of Scotia, NY does it now.)

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 01:48:24 PM PDT

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      •  yeah. I thought maybe, thanks, amazing C-130 (3+ / 0-)
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        but they didn't continue it it seems?

        and the pilots had carrier but no four engine experience.
        and the video of the F-86 on the KC-130 tanker..another terrific plane.

        The video shows the deck crew ducking down as it lands, I bet the first couple of landings were tense..thanks for this.

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 03:09:50 PM PDT

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        •  From the look of things (2+ / 0-)
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          They had to clear the deck of everything to make room for the Herk. That would be a major headache for a carrier trying to do normal operations. That plus the right wingtip of the Herk only cleared the Island by a few feet.

          "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

          by xaxnar on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 06:05:54 PM PDT

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