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### Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

I know we are talking military but this isn't really pertinent to military ops. It's just aviation with a military aircraft.

So I was reading this book and the author has an F/A-18 (unspecified version) landing and taking off on 3500 ft of runway. This is referred to as "short". Questions:
- Can an F/A-18 land and take off from a 3500 foot runway?
- With airliners, take-off uses more runway than landing. Do afterburners/"overpowered" engines change this equation? That is, will an F/A-18 be able to use the same shorter distance for take-off than landing
- For an absolute max power take-off, when would the afterburners be engaged? At brake release? At a certain IAS?

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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting Starlionblue (Thread starter):Can an F/A-18 land and take off from a 3500 foot runway?

I'd say yes.

 Quoting Starlionblue (Thread starter):With airliners, take-off uses more runway than landing. Do afterburners/"overpowered" engines change this equation? That is, will an F/A-18 be able to use the same shorter distance for take-off than landing

Yes. This is common on other fighters, too.

 Quoting Starlionblue (Thread starter):For an absolute max power take-off, when would the afterburners be engaged? At brake release? At a certain IAS?

Before brake release. But make sure you don't destroy the tyres.   But yes, I'd think at brake release is more common.
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting Starlionblue (Thread starter): Can an F/A-18 land and take off from a 3500 foot runway?

Yes. It can take-off in quite a bit shorter distance than that when lightly loaded. The Navy quotes the F-18 E/F max take-off weight distance as 3680 ft and min take-off weight distance as 1305 ft.
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

Thanks guys. A few more questions. In the book the F/A-18 has an engine out while climbing out, and goes into a spin. If we assume it's an E variant:
- Wouldn't the flight control system compensate automatically?
- If not, then what?
- Is it likely a pilot would just lose control or would the pilot + vertical tails be able to deal with it unless the fleshbag was screwing up by the numbers?

What about the non "Super" variants?

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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

What causes it to go into a spin? The F-18 has very good high AOA performance, so departure is unlikely. Is the book written by someone who understands aviation, or is it Top Gun style fiction.
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 4):What causes it to go into a spin? The F-18 has very good high AOA performance, so departure is unlikely. Is the book written by someone who understands aviation, or is it Top Gun style fiction.

Not specified apart from an engine going out. But I agree that spinning out just because of an engine out seems a bit extreme. That's a scenario airframers design for and pilots train for (a lot).

The book is written by John Ringo. He seems to understand spec ops very well but aviation less well. It's not really "Top Gun style fiction" since it's not about aviation per se.   Most of the action takes place on the surface.
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 5):Most of the action takes place on the surface.

No depth to the story then.

 Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 5):John Ringo

Any relation to John Paul Georgian Ringo?
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

the 3500ft runway may be considered short because if there is an aborted takeoff then the military planes wont be very good at slowing, their brakes dont tend to be as good as civilian aircraft (talking about fast jets not cargo planes i've seen the C-17 stop in what seemed like about 4inches)

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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting Starlionblue (Thread starter): off on 3500 ft of runway.

At the miramar airshow an F/A-18E took off in just over 1000ft. I saw it rotate just after the 1000ft distance marker, then proceeded to do a zoom climb.

I've also seen F-15s do it in closer to 700ft.

I wish my car had that power to weight ratio.

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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

Thanks for the replies, but are there any thoughts on the engine out in Reply 3?

 Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 6):Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 5): John Ringo Any relation to John Paul Georgian Ringo?

Funny.

 Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 6): Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 5): Most of the action takes place on the surface. No depth to the story then.

Well, the Paladin of Shadows series (starting with "Ghost") is not for everyone. It's fun and action packed (lots of violence and "non mainstream" sex). It's also rather "conservative" (tradiional definition). Then again the opinions of the characters aren't necessarily those of the author.
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 3):If we assume it's an E variant: - Wouldn't the flight control system compensate automatically? - If not, then what? - Is it likely a pilot would just lose control or would the pilot + vertical tails be able to deal with it unless the fleshbag was screwing up by the numbers?

Probably not...I do know that Air Force pilots who logged all their time in the F-15 usually get a "Centerline Thrust only" tacked onto their civilian equivalent multiengine rating if they go for the FAA conversion of military time to civilian ratings...this is because the engines on the F-15 are so close to the aircraft centerline, that as far as asymetric thrust goes, an engine out is almost a non-event (it is an event for lots of other reasons, however). I don't imagine that the F/A-18 is much different in that respect

I'd imagine that if you wanted to loose control of an F-18 that's down to one engine, one of the best ways to do so would be to ignore the singe-engine envelope limitations. Anyone know what Vmc in an F-18 is? I'd imagine that it's going to be pretty close to stall since the thrust is near the centerline...

I don't know if you know this or not, Starlion, but Vmc is the minimum control airspeed on a multi-engined aircraft with a single engine inoperative and the other at full power. Ignore that limitation, and the plane will flip over on it's back
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting KELPkid (Reply 10):I do know that Air Force pilots who logged all their time in the F-15 usually get a "Centerline Thrust only" tacked onto their civilian equivalent multiengine rating

F-14 pilots also had centerline thrust restrictions in such cases....which I found surprising, given how far apart the engines are placed:

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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting KELPkid (Reply 10): I'd imagine that if you wanted to loose control of an F-18 that's down to one engine, one of the best ways to do so would be to ignore the singe-engine envelope limitations. Anyone know what Vmc in an F-18 is? I'd imagine that it's going to be pretty close to stall since the thrust is near the centerline... I don't know if you know this or not, Starlion, but Vmc is the minimum control airspeed on a multi-engined aircraft with a single engine inoperative and the other at full power. Ignore that limitation, and the plane will flip over on it's back Sad

So basically if the pilot doesn't screw up he/she could control the situation rather handily even at full thrust with afterburner?
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 12):So basically if the pilot doesn't screw up he/she could control the situation rather handily even at full thrust with afterburner?

Okay, well, anything I say at this point is obviously pure conjecture, as I am not an F-18 driver  (nor did I ever claim to be one...).

My guess is that if you wanted to break off into a spin while single engined in an F-18, one of the best ways to do that would be to get into (or maybe close to) a stall, it depends on the Vmc speed of the bird at the configuration being flown in...effected by such factors as war load, flap settings, gear up vs. gear down, etc. etc.

Also, if the reason that the airplane is operating in single-engine config. is due to some outside action (for example, man-portable heat seeking missile hit), it is very possible that additional airframe damage could be contributing to the tendency for the plane to want to turn one way or the other, and would most definitely have other undesirable effects on aircraft performance
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

Heh. Thanks for that KELPkid.
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### RE: Hypothetical About F/A-18 On Short Runway

 Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 14):Heh. Thanks for that KELPkid.

No problemo. And if you ever want a truly far-fetched aviation novel (although it was written by an aviator), try Dale Brown's "Flight of the Old Dog"   . I think though, that with the Cold War being over, you'll find the scenario in the book to be, well, ahem, a bit outdated. How the world has changed in the last 18 years...
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