canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2764 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4812 times:
Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1): the notes say it was part of a 'limitations test' by a defense company.
I saw that too. But, someone has to do the test.
Quoting trident3 (Reply 2): The Lynx has a built in grapple that locks the helicopter to a grid on the deck.
I didn't look very long, but I'd be surprised if most active military helos/vessels didn't have that capability. Especially in areas where if they don't land there is no alternate like in Norway or Alaska.
Still, it was an interesting video. At one point the ship seemed to be pitching around 30 degrees. If it did more than 40-45 there would be some danger of a rotor strike on the deck.
Agreed, the only point I was trying to make is that maybe that would fall outside the scope of 'normal ops' but for the purpose of this test, much like test pilot flying, it was done. What I had in mind was the FICON or Goblin parasite tests of the USAF in the 50's... it was done, but never attempted by the rank and file line guys, simply because it proved to dangerous.
No... With most helicopters that are ship based the US Navy uses a cable arresting system where the helicopter drops a cable that is locked into a device that pulls the helicopter down and locks it into a 'truck'. The crews fold the blades back and the 'truck' slides in a track bringing the helicopter into the hangar deck...if the ship is has one.
[Edited 2011-11-20 08:54:29]
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