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C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:26 pm
by dtw2hyd
Indian Air Force landed its C-130J Super Hercules transport plane at the world's highest and recently-activated Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airstrip located at 16614 feet (5065 meters). India has six in service and six more on order.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/in...130j-30-at-daulat-beg-oldie-408107

This is after another recent high-altitude rescue operation using a 4,500 feet landing strip in June, 2013.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/ut...-for-the-air-force-s-c-130j-383001

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:57 pm
by WingsFan
The video released shows a spectacular landing. I only hope one of our A.nut photographers was there and we will get to see the landing up close through photographs.

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:17 pm
by connies4ever
That is extremely impressive ! Congratulations to the Indian Air Force and the flight crew.

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:02 am
by Gatorman96
Very cool, massive fail to the videographer though!

Would the landing speed be higher than at sea level due to the thinner air?

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:52 am
by Max Q
Quoting Gatorman96 (Reply 3):

Would the landing speed be higher than at sea level due to the thinner air?

The groundspeed would be higher, as for the same indicated airspeed your groundspeed increases the higher you go.


So, basically yes !

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:36 am
by sturmovik
Quoting Gatorman96 (Reply 3):
Very cool, massive fail to the videographer though!

Yep. What a moron. Completely missed out on the touchdown..

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:21 am
by sturmovik
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7KUprBZsdcI

Drones save the day.. that does look spectacular.

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:27 am
by dtw2hyd
Quoting sturmovik (Reply 5):
Completely missed out on the touchdown.

Probably wearing an oxygen mask or lack of oxygen.

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 6):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7KUprBZsdcI

Drones save the day.. that does look spectacular

Nice find. I guess machines work better than humans at that altitude.

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:17 pm
by comorin
Quoting sturmovik (Reply 6):
Drones save the day.. that does look spectacular.

I hope that was an IAF drone...   

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:36 pm
by dtw2hyd
Quoting comorin (Reply 8):
I hope that was an IAF drone...

Most likely it is. IAF, Indian Navy together have 100 x IAI Searchers and 50 x IAI Herons. They have some domestic built ones as well.

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:44 pm
by comorin
Quoting DTW2HYD (Reply 9):

That's a relief, as long as it isn't PLAF/PAF!!

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:53 pm
by WingsFan
Quoting comorin (Reply 10):
That's a relief, as long as it isn't PLAF/PAF!!

Considering the proximity of this airbase to the border, I won't be surprised if there is a drone feed from PLAF or PAF.
It would be surprising only if it actually surfaces on the interwebs.

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:00 pm
by dtw2hyd
Quoting WingsFan (Reply 11):
Considering the proximity of this airbase to the border, I won't be surprised if there is a drone feed from PLAF or PAF.

India is lucky to get its hands on IAI Heron (comparable to renowned Predator) with excellent service ceiling of 35,000 feet and endurance up to 52 hours. Drone technology is well guarded. Unless they have their own program PLAF/PAF definitely lack this capability.

However both may have few guys hiding in the bushes with high powered telescopic lens.

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:14 am
by Max Q
Very, very impressive, what a superb Aircraft for what, over fifty years now ?

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:53 pm
by comorin
Quoting DTW2HYD (Reply 12):
However both may have few guys hiding in the bushes with high powered telescopic lens.

LOL!

Question: When you send a 'capital ship' like the Herc on a mission, would you not also be sending a couple of fighters as escorts so that she is not a sitting duck? Plenty of gap-toothed Talibani out there, on their Sunday drive with their SAMs in tow...

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:28 pm
by spudh
Impressive stuff! !

You wouldn't want to leave a window open during the thrust reversal stage. I presume thats done with the proppeler pitch control?

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:58 am
by CHS787
The camera person had one job, and one job only... He failed miserably!!!!

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:05 pm
by sturmovik
Quoting comorin (Reply 14):
Plenty of gap-toothed Talibani out there, on their Sunday drive with their SAMs in tow...

Probably not in DBO, but the area does have regular PLA visits. I wonder if the Chinese soldiers who were part of that incursion some weeks back left the place. If they haven't left, they've probably got a better videographer than we did..  

RE: C-130J Lands At Highest Airstrip In The World

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:39 pm
by kc135topboom
Increditable if the Super-Herc landed there with a useful military load.