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Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:38 pm

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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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:24 am

Very nice, indeed. Thanks for sharing.
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Tue Feb 08, 2005 2:06 am

Truly inspiring! I should've joined the Navy.  Wow!
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Fri Feb 18, 2005 12:16 pm

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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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:03 am

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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:52 am

Very cool!


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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sat Feb 19, 2005 5:20 am

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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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sat Feb 19, 2005 11:27 am

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...

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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sat Feb 19, 2005 12:19 pm

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

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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:49 pm

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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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sat Feb 19, 2005 6:03 pm

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.

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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sun Feb 27, 2005 7:40 am

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.
 
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:24 am

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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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:53 am

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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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:50 am

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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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Fri Apr 29, 2005 1:22 pm

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

It's definitely VFA-192. Good call FutureUALpilot!
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sun May 01, 2005 2:11 pm

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.
 
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sun May 01, 2005 4:08 pm

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 
 
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sun May 01, 2005 10:23 pm

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]
 
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon May 02, 2005 4:21 am

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.
 
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon May 02, 2005 12:03 pm

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.
 
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon May 02, 2005 4:02 pm

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.

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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon May 02, 2005 5:00 pm

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.
 
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon May 02, 2005 10:09 pm

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


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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon May 02, 2005 10:17 pm

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.

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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]
 
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon May 02, 2005 10:27 pm

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

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 that it's a live bomb as the Navy's not too keen on dropping real ordinance that doesn't go bang.
 
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon May 23, 2005 2:22 pm

Anyway to tell what model the F-18 was in the video?
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Mon May 23, 2005 3:58 pm

Do you realize that sometimes the slats go down? are they automatic?like the F-15 inlets?

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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Tue May 24, 2005 1:54 am

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 27):
Do you realize that sometimes the slats go down? are they automatic?like the F-15 inlets?

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.
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Wed May 25, 2005 8:13 am

Quoting Sonic67 (Reply 26):
Anyway to tell what model the F-18 was in the video?

I would guess its a Charlie model since I don't think VFA-192 has converted to the new Super Hornets yet.
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RE: Awesome F-18 Cockpit Video!

Sat May 28, 2005 12:12 pm

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 (for the uninitiated, the right hand is the stick hand, with the left hand holding the throttles).

I assume that this is an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) so that the extreme G-forces during the launch don't cause the pilot to accidentally pull back on the stick, either causing the aircraft to snap free from the catapult and lift too early or causing a high AoA and stall immediately after release from the catapult. However, on landing, you can see the pilot's right hand flapping around the cockpit. So:

1. Is the assumption correct for take-off?

2. Do you let go of the stick as soon as you hit the deck, for the same reason, i.e., so that you don't push forward on the stick, thus raising the tail and missing/breaking the trap? Or is there another reason why the hand flaps around (other than that you're going from Fast to Stop in the blink of an eye)?
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