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Ingress Of Usmc Vertical Take Off Aircraft  
User currently offlineCTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Quiz Time!

In all USMC Vertical Take Off aircraft (AV-8A/C/B, TAV-8B, H-1N-Y, Cobra......) the pilot enters the crew station from the right side of the aircraft.

Even though on almost all US military aircraft (excluding those with cabin doors) the pilot enters from the left. This is true for both tandem and side by side crew stations.

Why?

Hint, there is more that one reason.

Have fun,

CTR


Aircraft design is just one big compromise,,,
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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3292 times:

Both members in a USMC Cobra are technically pilots but the pilot in command is the one in the rear and they enter from the the starboard side of the aircraft. The co-pilot/gunner enters from the port side. I don't really know why Bell designed it this way but that's just the way it is.


Note: this photo was just a test, the pilot was not actually incapacitated as far as I know.


User currently offlineCTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

There are actually both technical and historic reasons for the pilot (versus gunner) ingressing on the right on these aircraft.

In the case of the Harrier it is a link similar to that between Roman Chariots and the Space Shuttle SRBs.

CTR



Aircraft design is just one big compromise,,,
User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

Does this have something to with the width of a horse's @ss?  Smile

User currently offlineCTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 3):
Does this have something to with the width of a horse's @ss?

The historical part does have to do with horses and their riders. But not relative size of their posteriors...

CTR



Aircraft design is just one big compromise,,,
User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

It's not limited to the USMC, the AH-64 also has pilot and gunner entry from opposite sides as well, though this might be a carryover from the AH-1.


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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

I give up, what's the answer?  Smile

Something to do with the direction in which the Roman Chariots always raced?


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2933 times:
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Something to do with carrier ops?




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User currently offlineCTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

OK, times up.

The USMC AV-8B originally being of Brit origin, the integrated boarding ladder is on the righthand side. Why? I once asked a Hawker Engineer that question. He told me its a tie to British Calvery mounting their horses from the righthand side. The Harrier is the only USMC or USN jet aircraft of British origin. It is also the only one that is boarded from the right.

All helicopters with side by side seating have the pilot on the right. This dates back down to early helos which had only one collective stick between the two seats. Since most people are righthanded and prefer to have their dominant hand on the cyclic, the right seat became the pilot seat.

With tandem seating helos, climbing into a crew station over the collective lever is a pain. Therefore ingress on the right is prefered. The forward gunner seat has ingress on the left for canopy structual reasons. If the collective lever is up while ingress/egressing, the gunner just has to take necassary precautions with private parts.

Have fun,

CTR



Aircraft design is just one big compromise,,,
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