Discussion in 'Military Aviation in General' started by Gatordev, Jan 29, 2012.
Cool video. I would have gone with some Kenny Loggins though...
Maybe some Danger Zone?
Two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters prepare to take off after unloading 23 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment Marines during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel exercise in the Combat Center training areas July 9, 2012. Marines with 2/25 are currently training at the Combat Center as part of Large Scale Exercise at Javelin Thrust 2012.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi)
Phrog, is this your group?
Your Momma Don't Dance (and Your Daddy Don't Rock and Roll) ... the theme from Footloose... ???
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter approaches USNS Amelia Earhart at sunrise in the Pacific Ocean, July 8, 2012, after delivering supplies to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a vertical replenishment mission. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody R. Boyd
Affirm. That's me in the lead pulling pitch. It was my Air Mission Commander check that day no less... We had three Phrogs, mixed section of skids, an RQ-7, a section of F/A-18Cs, and a KC-130T in the tanker track. All reservists. Good times.
Yeah, I just wanted the video from our Flight E kid's iPhone. He decided to add the audio...
This was the rehearsal for the big TRAP mission that went three days later.
@phrog - just busting e-balls. is that what its called over the interwebs?
Sounds good to me! Although, you probably have to use SMS-type language. You're busting EBLLZ. LOL.
Seriously, I wasn't thrilled about the music, that's the kind of crap I had to listen to in every rental car I rode in from the airport to the hotel during the CCX to Yuma (because I let the aircrew choose the music). That's when I realized I was getting old.
I've never landed in the wrong zone...but the zone the Army told me to land in was incorrect. At least I got to cause a food riot, so there's that. By the way, kids, dogs and one-armed old women don't care about rotor arcs. Just an FYI.
Did it fly well? Good question. I don't know. I was a fresh-caught Ltjg with cottage cheese for a brain and little to compare it to, other than the T-2 or T-34.
But it was fun! A real combat aircraft that had served in Korea as the straight-winged Panther. With the Cougar's swept wings, it was supposed to be supersonic – or maybe just trans-sonic fighter.
It was underpowered with a centrifugal flow, rather than an axial flow or fan engine. Indeed, a Grumman 'Lead Sled'. But with knots, it was really maneuverable! It performed well, air-to-air and air-to-mud, low-level, around the boat, etc.
It had strange controls – "flaperons" and "flapperettes" rather than ailerons as I recall. In the event of a flame out, there was a T-handle you pulled to fire a shotgun shell in the engine to re-light. And if you lost hydraulics, the flight controls were actuated by compressed air, stored in many accumulators. (Didn't leave much room for excessive control movement)
One of our FAM flights was to see if we could get it supersonic. We would climb to 39,000 ft. or so – which took forever. Then we would go to Mil power (didn't have AB) and commence about a 40-degree dive. Some guys went above Mach 1, but I didn't on my hop, as did most. That was the whole entire, syllabus hop. (Tough to get an "above" or "below" on that hop.)
We once had a guy punch out at the 90 because of a flameout. The pilotless F-9 bellied into some flat, muddy ground. That same aircraft was flying 6 weeks later. Grumman Iron Works Aircraft!
So did it fly well? Good enough to train this old guy and give him some great flying fun. And his Wings of Gold!
You just described the venerable EA-6B Prowler
Best CH-56 video I've seen all day.
Great recall Cat! I also flew it in advanced in ATU-223 at NAAS Chase Field. Most of our flights were in F9F-8Bs (single seat). I also recall it was the first jet with a "flying tail" which is since, the norm.
I enjoyed flying the 'Cougar 8' as it led also to the WINGS!No
The LZ wasn't the correct LZ until you landed there.
I was just there yesterday and I believe it's on display. IIRC it has an engine cutout on display as well.
Here I was just gonna say f-yea! Pantera! About time someone makes a cool vid with some angry music! One thing that still pisses me off about my 9 years of active duty in the Nav is watching the freaking athletes and media goofs who always seem to get incentive flights in Hook squadrons, absolute crap! The closest I got was riding brakes!
I finally got to put a bag on and fly with my buddy when he was at HMX. We did a night goggles hop around Quantico in the Phrog and it was absolutely amazing! We were yank'n and bank'n around Quantico and I think the Patomac River. The PLC platoons on the ground would fire flares up every so often too. We landed in a few LZ's; with the NVG's down we'd scatter herds of deer and the rotor wash would bend the trees as we'd fly our approach - it was awesome!
One of those jets (along with the Super Hornet, and Skyhawk) that just look better in two-seat form than single-seat...
I'll give you the Rhino---the two place canopy gives it a bit of a Tomcat look. But the two seat A-4? Gross. Sexy as hell in single seat form though.
You like the look of wasted space? Odd.
Btw....the two seat Harrier definitely does not fit your paradigm.
When it comes to good looking no Harrier fits that paradigm.
Hundreds of old school, Advanced Training Command NAS Beeville photos, including some famous Naval Aviators and some venerable aircraft.....
.....at this LINK. Enjoy! Scroll is your friend.
What was the Pilot Training Rate back in the day, you ask?
How many Naval Aviators were designated each year from 1911 to 1995?
Especially check out the Training Command's amazing WWII years pilot production!
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WOW, good find Cat...brought back mem's of my Bee County Bash Jan-July '58, TV-2 & F9F-8. Total night life...burgers+ at Maples Drive-In, 4 N/Cs & case of Lone Star @ Texas Drive-In movie, San Antonio or 'Cripus Corsti' weekends. Even managed a couple of weekend jaunts to charm the Senoritas in Nueva Laredo, Mexico!
Two of the photos at the top of the scroll, are of ex-POW (then LTjg) CAPT Dick "Beak" Stratton, at that time a plowback Inst Instructor in TV-2s @ ATU-213. Beak & 5 of us new ENS, reported together to VF-94 in Alameda in Aug of '58, to the great dismay of the cruise-returning, seasoned veteran VF-94!
BzB & 2,512 others designated in '58
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