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User currently offlinespchamp1 From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 87 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7034 times:

Hey all. I tried searching the forums but couldn't find any information about it.

Here in KLGB we have various military A/C coming and going nearly every day. We've had Harriers or F18's come in for a day or two then leave. I was curious if these A/C have stowage for a pilot's personal belongings. I would assume that they would have a flight suit or two as well as a standard uniform or other personal belongings. Is there stowage bins in the cockpit or is there a bin somewhere on the outside where they can stow this type of stuff.

I look forward to hearing your answers.

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User currently offlinePowerslide From Canada, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7021 times:

On our hornets we have luggage pods, they are basically old napalm tanks converted for storage. They are big enough to fit golf clubs, fishing rods and larger items. Normally though on quick trips, they just throw a bag or two behind the seat in the Avionics bay.

User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 789 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6824 times:

Quoting spchamp1 (Thread starter):
Is there stowage bins in the cockpit or is there a bin somewhere on the outside where they can stow this type of stuff.

The Hornet has room to store some stuff beneath the cockpit in the bay below. It usually holds the recording tapes etc for the aircraft but you can stuff a decent sized bag as well as a backpack or two. I have also seen coffee machines and various items of sporting equipment. The B/D model usually has less space in the bay due to two sets of recording tapes etc.

If you're doing a transit and not pulling Gs you can also fit some stuff in the cockpit, usually your lunch/dinner, as long as you can secure it (and don't obstruct the ejection seat).

Quoting Powerslide (Reply 1):
On our hornets we have luggage pods, they are basically old napalm tanks converted for storage.

I have spoken to a Canadian exchange pilot who used to regularly brag to the Aussie pilots regarding this Canadian feature.


User currently offlineFlybaurlax From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 637 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6761 times:

Quoting Powerslide (Reply 1):

At airshows I have also seen those pods on US fighters.



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User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2238 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6391 times:
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On most fighters, the pilot is stored just aft of the stick.   

User currently offlinejwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6256 times:

Quoting Flybaurlax (Reply 3):
At airshows I have also seen those pods on US fighters.

Most forces needing to more than very occasionally ferry aircraft with an overnight stay for the pilots probably have something like this, be it converted napalm canisters, old fuel tanks, discarded recce or ecm pods, anything with decent internal space in which a nice size hatch can be fitted.

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User currently offlineHKA098 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6120 times:

The thing under the wing is a common tool for pilot baggage transportation in the USAF (note the hatch in the white portion). I would not place anything in there that could not handle a very cold environment.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA--...ockheed-F-16DJ-Fighting/1769928/L/

I once was in the cockpit of an F-15A (USAF, Mass ANG) during the late eighties with a piece of avionics removed from the instrument panel. In place of the removed item, a makeshift glove box was fitted. This area was on the top right-hand side of the panel, just under and next to the HUD. Gloves, lunch, writing implements were commonly placed there, according to the crew.


User currently offlinedkswim From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5827 times:

A coworker that worked for the guard, came back after a weeklong deployment and told me one of there pods fell off in flight. Inside the pilot had stored his lugage enough for 1.5 week deployment plus laptop and digital camera.

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2090 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5824 times:

Quoting dkswim (Reply 7):
A coworker that worked for the guard, came back after a weeklong deployment and told me one of there pods fell off in flight. Inside the pilot had stored his lugage enough for 1.5 week deployment plus laptop and digital camera.

Whoops! "fell off" or was 'accidently punched off'?  

[Edited 2010-11-09 18:35:46]


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User currently offlinevzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 829 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 5696 times:

Here's an example of a travel pod:
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Photo © Mark Carlisle




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User currently offlineopso1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5317 times:

This is what we had on the SHAR:


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Photo © Turnandslip photography



User currently offlinePowerslide From Canada, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5221 times:

We have some unused space in the LEX, under a panel, which gets used up for extra items that you don't want customs to know about. Nothing illegal, but lets just say we take full advantage of cheap liquors in the US.  

User currently offlineHKA098 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5188 times:

Quoting Powerslide (Reply 11):
we take full advantage of cheap liquors in the US.

Have a blast before you takeoff?


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