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Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:50 am

Here are some cool videos I found on the net from a Hercules landing and take off from a aircraft carrier:

http://www.nfo.no/video/c130_landing.mpg

http://www.nfo.no/video/c130_takeoff.mpg

Was this an one off test, or is this actually common ?

http://www.nfo.no/nyinfo/top/Video/video.htm
 
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RE: Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:16 pm

I don't know if they did just the one test or several, but it never became an operational procedure.
 
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RE: Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:30 pm

I think it was just one test. If memory serves, they steered the ship into something like a 40 knot headwind.
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RE: Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:47 am

I've seen Hercs land and take off in considerably shrter distances than the specs said they should. Impressive, but I'd have to say a squadron of B-25s would have to be even more impressive.
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RE: Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:48 pm

They were testing to see if the herc could be a "super-COD".

I actually met the pilot, Lt Flatley, twice. I was his driver for two change of commands onboard my ship the USS Flatley(FFG-21). he is the son of VADM Flatley the namesake of my ship. He was a RADM(ret) when I was his driver. Nice guy, sat up front with me. Bad thing was I didn't know at the time he was the pilot, or I would have asked him about it.

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RE: Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:06 pm

Here's the entire-length version of that video, a little larger than a postage stamp.  

They go into some of the details of "minor" modifications that had to be made, like removing the arrestor cables and painting a white line along the 900ft-long axial runway... oh, and clearing the entire deck. You know, minor stuff that doesn't impact day-to-day operations much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfwJJD5jGXk#at=1m59s
 
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RE: Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:51 am

Quoting LimaNiner (Reply 5):
Here's the entire-length version of that video,

That video also answers the OPs question - the test program did 29 touch-and-gos on the Forrestal, and 21 full stop landings (and takeoffs).
 
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RE: Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:37 am

Quoting SPROUT5199 (Reply 4):
I actually met the pilot, Lt Flatley, twice. I was his driver for two change of commands onboard my ship the USS Flatley(FFG-21). he is the son of VADM Flatley the namesake of my ship. He was a RADM(ret) when I was his driver. Nice guy, sat up front with me. Bad thing was I didn't know at the time he was the pilot, or I would have asked him about it.

I've watched the video of this event probably a hundred times (okay, maybe an exaggeration, but at least 98 times) since I first encountered it some years ago on another site because I think it is one of the most impressive displays of airmanship and even a layman would have no problem appreciating it. What I think is even more impressive is the crew had to train from scratch on the Herc to pull off this feat as I don't believe they had flown Hercs before in their careers.

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 3):
Impressive, but I'd have to say a squadron of B-25s would have to be even more impressive.

I have to agree, and I only wish there were close-up videos of Doolittle's Raiders taking off. That raid certainly has to be the most white-knuckled, hair-raising, shit-in-the-pants carrier operation ever carried out. Especially for the first couple of birds which, by virtue of their position on the pitching deck, had the shortest runway distance to take off from.



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RE: Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:28 pm

Speaking of unusual things landing on and taking off from carriers: they did it with a U2, too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8HMPMYL19E
 
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RE: Hercules Landing / Takeoff From Carrier ( Video )

Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:35 am

Another rare experimental carrier bird, the heavily modified DHC-5 Buffalo QSRA (NASA 715)
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