AirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7101 times:
While we Marines knew this was a problem over ten years ago, when Osprey's visiting ships off the coast would set off the life rafts on the port side of the ship because they would melt the straps holding them in place.
Well, it looks like the cat is eventually finding its way out of the bag. I've stood right behind the yellow line on an LHD with a Harrier landing vertically and well, if the F-35B only expels more heat (which it does) than we've got a problem, especially for the new LHA-6 America class Marine Corps aircraft carriers who have dumped their well decks for more F-35B hangar space.
And this will certainly weigh into the issue between the USN and USMC over their aspirations for an all F-35B fleet - no way the USN is going to let F-35B's muck up their decks unless they can be catapulted and arrested like the other CATOBAR configured aircraft.
Let's face it, the MV-22 is best used like SPECOPS, in small numbers as opposed to trying to comprise the bulk of Marine Aviation in the Medium Lift category. The same for the F-35B, a great replacement for the AV-8B, but a poor replacement for the F/A-18.
Dragon6172 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 1203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7067 times:
Refrigerated is not really the right word. If you refrigerated the pads and got them cooler, the hot exhaust would probably buckle the deck even more. Heat sink would be a more appropriate term for what is needed.