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Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:57 pm



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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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:22 am

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

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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:30 am

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..
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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:18 am

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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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:31 am




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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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:12 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 4):

The Aérospatiale Lama is outstanding. IIRC it can lift another example of its type.
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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:42 am

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..
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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:12 am

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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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:59 am

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

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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:39 am

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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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:54 am

> No, rather the Tu-160.

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

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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:22 am

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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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:42 am

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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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:27 am

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.
 
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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:13 am

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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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:03 pm

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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RE: Aircraft With Highest Wing Store Weight Capacity

Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:56 pm

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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