Ohhh god, is it me or is this looking pretty darned good
Well it’s no F-111 but it’ll have to do I guess.
I think it’s about as far from F-111 as you can get and still be a jet.
Also no afterburner.
strike that from the list.
Seems like the CV is losing 5 knots for every launch.
Btw: Can you do ordinary running takeoffs and landings in a Harrier?
Yes to both. A running take off is the preferred method as a matter of fact, as pure VTOL ops massively restrict ordinance and fuel available.
As heavy as those things were, there had to have been an appreciable effect on the steam plant every time they threw one off the deck.
It only weighed about 7 tons more than an F-14, when both were fully loaded. Empty, it was down to just one ton more.
The wingspan was 6 ft more, but when swept it was actually less than the Tomcat’s.
It’s not that the Tomcat was that much smaller and lighter, it just looked smaller and lighter.
This sentence made me giddy.
You should’ve felt it when a fully loaded Tomcat went off the bow.
Now you are just flirting.
So I asked this question in channel a week or two ago and it felt kinda awkward to be asking if a jet airplane could land conventionally. When I thought out why that might be I realized that it was because the landing gear just doesn’t seem arranged for rolling out like other planes.
So I am curious how often a rolling landing occurs? @Deacon211 if you are around could you maybe talk a bit about this? What is the protocol for landings in a Harrier based at a land base? Are hover landings always performed because weapons are expended and fuel is low? Does the old maxim that “you train like you fight” apply here? If you are operating out of MCAS Cherry Point are there dedicated pads for hover landings, or do you join the pattern with the Hornets and roll it out?
I used to watch them land in the UK, and they seemed to just land normally at the local airbase. Perhaps just with a bit of downward nozzle is my guess. The flaps are enormous. The vertical landing even at an airshow was incredibly noisy, so the locals probably wanted them to act like normal airplanes most of the time.
Would be interested in @Deacon211’s experience, as per usual, on all things Harrier.
In franzak’s book I don’t recall him mentioning ever landing vertically. I think he even almost over runs at one point and also describes a mishap that happens to another pilot while on rollout. I’m sure loadout and field altitude (Afgan) are factored, it just gave me the impression that it really wasn’t used unless at an airshow or tactically necessary.