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Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity  
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3464 times:
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The drop tank thread got me thinking....what aircraft, flying or retired, could carry the greatest amount of weight (relative to it's max takeoff weight) on wing stores?

I remember seeing some shots of the Cessna A-37 loaded up with 6 or more drop tanks....




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User currently offlineArniePie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

relative to it's max takeoff weight,... ? I'll take a wild guess but it seems to me that the A4 Skyhawk must be up there with the best.
Also the SU25 , Pucara and A10 come to mind as do the F16 and Rafale.
And let's not forget about the A7 corsair

[Edited 2006-09-25 17:24:01]


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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3432 times:

Quoting ArniePie (Reply 1):
I'll take a wild guess but it seems to me that the A4 Skyhawk must be up there with the best.

Yes the A4 looks pretty stuffed.

Perhaps the F104.. it's more a spoiler..
http://home.planet.nl/~horri002/f104/tf104g_d5814.jpg


User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3402 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Thread starter):
the greatest amount of weight (relative to it's max takeoff weight) on wing stores?

2H4,
Are you limiting it to only wing stations, or do you mean all external payload?



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3398 times:
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Quoting Vzlet (Reply 3):
Are you limiting it to only wing stations, or do you mean all external payload?

Wing stations.

Max external payload, however, would also be interesting to learn. I bet the Kmax helicopter would win that one.




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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4680 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3379 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 4):

The Aérospatiale Lama is outstanding. IIRC it can lift another example of its type.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3360 times:

My Money's on the A-10

That big ole square wing has GOT to be good at lifting tons of shiet at a time..


User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days ago) and read 3315 times:
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How about the "Spad"?
The AD-7/A-1J Skyraider with an empty weight of 10,500pounds could haul 8,000pounds of external stores!



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User currently offlineSphealey From United States of America, joined May 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

If you mean absolute weight rather than payload/gross ratio, I would think it would have to be the B-52.

sPh


User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4680 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

Quoting Sphealey (Reply 8):
If you mean absolute weight rather than payload/gross ratio, I would think it would have to be the B-52.

No, rather the Tu-160.



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User currently offlineSphealey From United States of America, joined May 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3178 times:

> No, rather the Tu-160.

Has the Tu-160 been operated with underwing stores? The B-52 was in Vietnam.

sPh


User currently offlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1253 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

The Republic F-105 Thunderchief is up there with 14,000 lbs. of external ordinance (for a single engine aircraft!  Wow!) The F-18 Hornet is pretty close too at 13,500 lbs.


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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3138 times:

Quoting JakeOrion (Reply 11):
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief is up there with 14,000 lbs. of external ordinance (for a single engine aircraft! ) The F-18 Hornet is pretty close too at 13,500 lbs.

Let's not forget the F-111. I recall seeing a photo of one with all six wing stations loaded with a mulitiple ejector rack and 6 bombs on each rack. Believe they were 750 lb type. Total of 48 bombs. Admittedly, that wouldn't have been an operational load, but it made a great publicity photo.



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days ago) and read 3129 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 4):
Max external payload, however, would also be interesting to learn. I bet the Kmax helicopter would win that one.

That would be the Boeing 747, NASA-905 and NASA-911, which routinely carry around Space Shuttles weighing around 220,000 lbs.

Runners up would be the Boeing B-52 and the Lockheed L-1011, which launched X-15 and Pegasus rockets both in the 30,000 lbs. range.


User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

The A-6 Intruder was my first thought. It carried a lot of external stores and was still able to be catapult launched off a carrier.

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User currently offlineAirSpare From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3104 times:

The F-104 had wings?

An old Luftwaffe joke:

What's the definition of an optimist in the German Air Force? An F-104 pilot that quits smoking because he's afraid of getting lung cancer.



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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4680 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3058 times:

Quoting Sphealey (Reply 10):
Has the Tu-160 been operated with underwing stores?

No, but its maximum payload is nearly twice as high as the one of the B-52. You talked about total stores, not especially about those on the wings.

BTW, doesn't the B-1 have a higher payload than the B-52 ?



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