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Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!  
User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 19761 times:

Check this out - it's amazing. A friend of mine sent me this, it is definately worth the download. A small camera mounted on the panel looking back - you can see the pilot and the aircraft during the flight from takeoff to landing on a carrier. Enjoy!!!

http://raf.union.rpi.edu/downloads/f18_ride.wmv


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 19410 times:

Very nice, indeed. Thanks for sharing.


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User currently offlineHemispheres From United States of America, joined May 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 19392 times:

Truly inspiring! I should've joined the Navy.  Wow!


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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 19063 times:

Just saw it myself and its terrific. I was going to post something myself but the autosearch function worked and I avoided the dreaded dupe.

Go see this video. Turn up the sound!



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 18976 times:

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User currently offlineStrudders From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 18946 times:

Very cool!


Cheers

Best Regards

Struds


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 18938 times:

I'm not a big military plane guy (excluding the C-5, KC-10 and AF1) but that was an awesome video.


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User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 18900 times:

Good stuff... The military brings a lot of recruitment stuff to my high school, but that video would do a much better job than some stupid pencils and whatever else they bring. Just amazing...

- Mike


User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 18906 times:

That video can be found at www.grouchymedia.com along with some other majorly kick-ass videos done to great songs.

I cant wait to do that some day!



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User currently offlineBsergonomics From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 18878 times:

Top Respect!

Just a quickie, however:

I noticed that during launch and one of the 'cruise' shots the pilot had no visor over his eyes. The RAF helmets have two visors: one clear (for night/poor visibility) and one tinted (for 'sunny' operations). You always keep the clear one down in case of a bird strike (or other cause for losing canopy integrity). Do the US helmets have two visors? If so, is there a reasonable explanation for why this pilot did not have the clear visor down during the launch?



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User currently offlineFalcon790 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 18884 times:

Quoting Bsergonomics (reply 9):
Do the US helmets have two visors?


Hi Bsergonomics,

As far as I know and have seen, they do have two visors, but why none of them is down.. I'm not certain, but I'll try to ask some one who would know why. And by the way, I haven't seen too many US military pilots use the clear visor.

Vala


User currently offlineH53Epilot From Israel, joined Mar 2004, 177 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 18553 times:

It has to do with operating procedures/preferences. We were supposed to fly with either visor down for safety reasons. One of my former squadron C.O.'s used to yell at pilots who didn't fly with either visor down.
Sort of like riding a motorcycle without a helmet, I suppose.


User currently offlineNbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 18622 times:

When I got my ride in a LaANG F15B, the helmet they gave me only had a tinted visor. But who am I to complain, I got a ride in an F15  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineHemispheres From United States of America, joined May 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 16826 times:

About half way through the video the pilot turns his head and you can almost make out the squadron insignia on the side of his helmet. After seeing the video does anyone have any idea what squadron this guy is from?


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User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 16740 times:

Looks like maybe VFA-192 the Golden Dragons.


Go to this link, notice the pilot in the center has the side of his helmet facing the lens and it looks like the same design.

http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=7157



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User currently offlineHemispheres From United States of America, joined May 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 16695 times:

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 14):
Looks like maybe VFA-192 the Golden Dragons.

It's definitely VFA-192. Good call FutureUALpilot!



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User currently offlineBigFish From United States of America, joined May 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 16519 times:

Quote:
I noticed that during launch and one of the 'cruise' shots the pilot had no visor over his eyes. The RAF helmets have two visors: one clear (for night/poor visibility) and one tinted (for 'sunny' operations). You always keep the clear one down in case of a bird strike (or other cause for losing canopy integrity). Do the US helmets have two visors?

Our helmets have interchangeable visors. We have 2 kinds of visors, for two different applications. The first, I'm sure you've seen, it's got a knob on top of the helmet to roll the visor down. Those pop in and out like Oakley lenses. If you need a dark, and a clear or light for a flight, you've got the second option, which is , sort of like an eyeglass "nerd strap" which you can clip into place and pull it down when the second lens is needed.

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If so, is there a reasonable explanation for why this pilot did not have the clear visor down during the launch?

Based on the vid. the guy's a test pilot, as evidenced by the blue flight suit. NATOPS says it's gotta be down for flight, and carrier ops. Test pilots may have something different to say. Because they are who they are, they get their own rules to play by. I don't know why the shooter didn't catch it, though.
It's not just for a bird strike, it's also a critical piece of equipment to have on in the event of an ejection. As for the squadron, my guess is it's one of the Pax River test squadrons, because they launched off of CVN 75.


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16495 times:

Quoting BigFish (Reply 16):
As for the squadron, my guess is it's one of the Pax River test squadrons, because they launched off of CVN 75.



Why do you assume its CVN-75?  boggled  Before I was stationed at PAX, we used to get SATS birds on the Kitty Hawk fairly often. When I was stationed at PAX, we used to send SATS aircraft to various ships, A few months back we had a SATS bug on the Nimitz.  checkmark 


User currently offlineBigFish From United States of America, joined May 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 16475 times:

Quote:
Why do you assume its CVN-75?

When you watch the vid, pause it when he shoots past the island, you'll see very plainly it is shows 75 on the side. A little more attention to detail, a little less sarcasm, and cynacism. Thanks.

[Edited 2005-05-01 15:24:10]

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16429 times:

Quoting BigFish (Reply 16):
my guess is it's one of the Pax River test squadrons, because they launched off of CVN 75

Ok, sorry, I didnt word my answer correctly. The way you worded your statement however, is that the Pax birds ONLY use CVN-75. Its not true.


User currently offlineBigFish From United States of America, joined May 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 16400 times:

What I was saying is that because it's the Harry T, it's an east coast ship. The only guys on the east coast who would wear blue suits are either the test guys from PAX, or the test guys from Boeing in STL. If it was say, the Stennis, or Lincoln, a case could be made that it could have been shot when Point Mugu still had their test and eval squadrons. Noted also is that once pilots become fleet pilots and attached to squadrons, they are still technically part of the squadron they left before joining the Test Squadrons, thus the helmet graphics. When their hitch with the test squadrons are over, more times than not, they return to the squaron they came from. This also holds true for the Blues.

User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 16362 times:

Quoting BigFish (Reply 16):
Based on the vid. the guy's a test pilot, as evidenced by the blue flight suit.

I thought of that too, but then I also thought of TRAWING instructors..not sure if they still do it, but many back in the 80's and 90's wore blue flightsuits to distinguish them as instructors. Coulda been someone wearing that. Also some squadrons have their own special flightsuits with their colors, like VFA-115's, which is a solid black flightsuit.

On the mask/visors. I know many guys who would bairley ever wear their visors, as they'd wear their own sunglasses (RayBans, 99% of em Big grin). NATOPS sez you must wear the mask, but who actually wears them in cruise or when noone else is looking? Alot more than you think. The HGU-55/85 helmets have the easy change snap visors, you can even do it in flight if you happen to be flying from day to night. The newer HGU-68 visors (have the little knob on the side) can't be changed in flight, makes it a ground-only sort of swap. Visors aren't used as often as they should I'm afraid, they do protect against alot- I've seen photos of objects (pens, etc), that were FOD in the cockpit, that would go flying during the catshot, and pierce the pilot's visor or mask...had that not been there, it woulda been going through skin.

This female friend of mine, her dad flew Marine Hornets for years, bairley ever wore his mask/visor...he's now having skin cancer removed from his face. Goes to show that those things help more than you think.

DeltaGuy


User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 16358 times:

BigFish


I know ship like I know planes, and I can you that the aircraft carrier in the video is not CVN-75. Looking at the radar location, it has the be a Kitty Hawk or John F. Kennedy class carrier. I could not see the 75.


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 16341 times:

Is it an inert bomb that he drops during the video...?


Thanks  Smile



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User currently offlineBigFish From United States of America, joined May 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 16341 times:

Quote:
I thought of that too, but then I also thought of TRAWING instructors..not sure if they still do it, but many back in the 80's and 90's wore blue flightsuits to distinguish them as instructors. Coulda been someone wearing that. Also some squadrons have their own special flightsuits with their colors, like VFA-115's, which is a solid black flightsuit.

You're kidding right? We're in the NEW NAVY. Everyone has to be the SAME. I'm sorta kidding, but I'm stationed in at a CNATRA base "somewhere in the south" and all I do is control student aviators. No blue flight suit here, anywhere. We get guys from all over the country getting gas on their transits east or west. Only blue flight suits I've seen are the Boys n' Blue, and the TPS guys.

As for the visors, I've seen them bring both visors with them on flights, "roll up" the one that's attached to the helmet, and throw on the "nerd strap" visor. Sorry I don't have equip names on them.
Our student aviators don't get the "be cool" choice yet. Everything is NATOPS spec. Now the Insructors, they get the option of not wearing the mask below 10k. That's it. No sunglasses, no cool visor, nothing. Oh, they also get to wear VT-7/9 light blue shirts under the flight suits. And that's from the newest Ensign to the Commodore and Skipper. Creating uniformity, and all that.

Quote:
I could not see the 75.

I can. And I double checked it just to make sure Found this:
http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026711.jpg


[Edited 2005-05-02 15:21:43]

[Edited 2005-05-02 15:28:46]

25 BigFish : That is a real 500 pound bomb, not the little blue practice bomb. Whether there was anything in it to make it go BOOM, well, dunno. I would guess tha
26 Sonic67 : Anyway to tell what model the F-18 was in the video? I know their not much to go on but I'm still cruises.
27 AR1300 : Do you realize that sometimes the slats go down? are they automatic?like the F-15 inlets? Mike
28 Hemispheres : As far as I know the F-16 and the F-18 slats are controlled by the computer, taking into account the aircraft's angle of attack and airspeed.
29 Futureualpilot : I would guess its a Charlie model since I don't think VFA-192 has converted to the new Super Hornets yet.
30 Bsergonomics : Just watched the video again and I have more questions for the carrier ops pilots. During launch, the pilot's right hand is held on the canopy strut (
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