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  •  There's another 4 engine plane that did so (4+ / 0-)

    If you're talking about landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier, there was a series of tests involving the C-130 Hercules a ways back. No need for rotating engines to hover - just flying it on and off.

    They demonstrated the concept, but it was decided not to pursue it. The video below gets to it around 2 minutes in. (Note - the Navy no longer operates Herks on skis. The 109th out of Scotia, NY does it now.)

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 01:48:24 PM PDT

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    •  yeah. I thought maybe, thanks, amazing C-130 (3+ / 0-)
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      PeterHug, xaxnar, RiveroftheWest

      but they didn't continue it it seems?

      and the pilots had carrier but no four engine experience.
      and the video of the F-86 on the KC-130 tanker..another terrific plane.

      The video shows the deck crew ducking down as it lands, I bet the first couple of landings were tense..thanks for this.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 03:09:50 PM PDT

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      •  From the look of things (2+ / 0-)
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        They had to clear the deck of everything to make room for the Herk. That would be a major headache for a carrier trying to do normal operations. That plus the right wingtip of the Herk only cleared the Island by a few feet.

        "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

        by xaxnar on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 06:05:54 PM PDT

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