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Kevbar #1 Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:23 PM

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28065288

Lemmingtrain #2 Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:27 PM

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View PostKevbar, on 27 June 2014 - 05:23 PM, said:

 

And as to why they use the STOOL for this kind of situation?

 

The USMC Harrier trainer below :teethhappy::

 

"Basically, the nose gear wouldn't come done. The Harrier has a backup system with a nitrogen bottle to blow the gear down in this event. Well, someone significantly outranking the pilot ordered him not to blow the gear down (which is the specified emergency procedure) because by his 'superior' reasoning, if the nose gear didn't come down, he was afraid the jet would break its back by having all that weight on the long nose of the T-bird. With that, he elected to gather mattresses and strap them down to support the extended nose, and you have the obvious result.

 

'Normally' a Harrier that can't get it's gear to come down will suck up the gear and do a vertical landing on the strakes/gun pack, they'll jack the bird up, fix the gear, and it's back to flying rather quickly. In this case, the motor was hilariously trashed with mattress springs protruding out and everything. This has since become a legendary event in the Harrier community (rather small community) and is laughed about often. The best part was, when they jacked the plane up in the hangar and pulled the gear handle to blow them down, all 4 came down and locked in place."

 


Edited by Lemmingtrain, 27 June 2014 - 06:35 PM.


Darth_Woras #3 Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:54 PM

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I land like this to bed when Im drunk as hell.

Major_cjs #4 Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:59 PM

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View PostDarth_Woras, on 27 June 2014 - 06:54 PM, said:

I land like this to bed when Im drunk as hell.

I usually completely miss the mattress then



Shaka_D #5 Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:03 PM

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The problem with being drunk and trying to get into bed when the room is spinning is to get the timing just perfect. Tried it myself so many times and missed completely landing on the floor. Only felt the pain the next morning. Get the timing right as the bed comes around on one of the spin cycles and it's smooth sailing all the way. Not something I recommend though! Too hit and miss.

Woody1999 #6 Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:07 PM

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Pff, I could do that blindfolded...right? ;)

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Major_cjs #7 Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:18 PM

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View PostWoody1999, on 27 June 2014 - 11:07 PM, said:

Pff, I could do that blindfolded...right? ;)

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Crash the plane?



Woody1999 #8 Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:25 PM

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Nah Major. That takes some real skill. There's no way you can acheive such a manouever without being the stronkest pilot in the world.

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Lemmingtrain #9 Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:44 PM

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View PostWoody1999, on 27 June 2014 - 11:25 PM, said:

Nah Major. That takes some real skill. There's no way you can acheive such a manouever without being the stronkest pilot in the world.

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John Farley, chief Harrier test pilot would beg to differ  :blinky:



_PapaSmurf_ #10 Posted 30 June 2014 - 11:04 AM

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Very good. Seen that on the news yesterday. 

LekkerBezig #11 Posted 09 July 2014 - 07:17 PM

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View PostMajor_cjs, on 27 June 2014 - 07:59 PM, said:

I usually completely miss the mattress then

Mattress? Or Mistress? :laugh:

 

OnT: wow. still, he hovered like a bee when approaching the stool, but those last few meters, he went down pretty fast. 



LUNSSI #12 Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:50 PM

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still cracking little aircraft. You know when these were designed the RAF turned them down. if it wasnt for the good old US of A taking the design on and running trials we would never have seen it in action.

 

Well so im told anyhow.. correct me if I am wrong chaps.



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View PostStoke_Me_A_Clipper, on 09 July 2014 - 11:50 PM, said:

still cracking little aircraft. You know when these were designed the RAF turned them down. if it wasnt for the good old US of A taking the design on and running trials we would never have seen it in action.

 

Well so im told anyhow.. correct me if I am wrong chaps.

Have a day off please??:trollface:



MajGenMus #14 Posted 10 July 2014 - 12:57 AM

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View PostStoke_Me_A_Clipper, on 09 July 2014 - 11:50 PM, said:

still cracking little aircraft. You know when these were designed the RAF turned them down. if it wasnt for the good old US of A taking the design on and running trials we would never have seen it in action.

 

Well so im told anyhow.. correct me if I am wrong chaps.

 

Bit more complex than that.

The Hawker Sidley Harrier is a UK design.  The initial aircraft, the Kestrel, was used as a technology demonstrator, and there was trials of a supersonic version.  However, this was cancelled as the navy wanted (and bought) Phantoms. Most of the UK Harriers were stationed in Germany for use from improvised runways to protect against Soviet first strikes on traditional airbases, or on our pint-pot carriers, when our bigger cat capable carriers were scrapped.  Then the service doctrine changed, and the RAF went away from this towards longer range strike capable aircraft. The navy kept using them, spectacularly in the Falklands conflict.  Meanwhile the USMC tweaked them, and made them a little better for use on boats (component and system changes). hawker Sidley was rolled into BAES, they collaborated with Mcdonald Douglas for the development of the AV8B, which became the defecto standard we then used.

Blinking brilliant aircraft, blooming high loss rate! :ohmy:

But then the pilot needed three hands to fly it, it is single engined, the only engine intake acts like a giant hoover for any passing crud, hovering takes more static power than the engine can actually deliver without being doused with water, it is limited in all up weight, sneeze at the wrong time and you get a Martin Baker tie.

I was chatting to part of development team a week or so before the MoD ban hammer came down on the service use of the aircraft - shame really :confused:

 

 


Edited by MajGenMus, 10 July 2014 - 01:01 AM.





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