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spazsinbad wrote:Well then the aluminium interlocked matting at an austere base will necessarily be well maintained otherwise it WILL be useless.
sufaviper wrote:I flew an F-35 Sim a while back and I asked that question. They said yes it can take off with two 1K JDAMs and 2 AIM-120's, but it would need to refuel withing 15 minutes of take-off. In the Sim I tried it (dumped almost my entire fuel load, then took-off). I was able to take out the drone firing the AIM-120 at near max range, but I had to land a long way from base, so . . . 1st503rdsgt's nope would be correct.
I will say that doing a VL and VTO from the USS Fort Worth would be a cool PR stunt for LM.
spazsinbad wrote:What is a 'water propelled tether'? OK I have 'GOOGLED' it to see it is a JetPack training device. So how is this useful for F-35B? And how would it work for the F-35B? Thanks.
madrat wrote:spazsinbad wrote:What is a 'water propelled tether'? OK I have 'GOOGLED' it to see it is a JetPack training device. So how is this useful for F-35B? And how would it work for the F-35B? Thanks.
Run your motor at idle, begin to spool up as your computer-controlled water-jet tether lifts your aircraft off the deck. And as it lifts into the air move to full thrust. Basically push the aircraft past the impulse stage and give it some upward momentum. Of course you'd need it to be able to abort if the engine doesn't take over, but that's a less difficult engineering hurdle to be figured out.
Why use water as the medium? Because it's very portable. It's a simple concept. It's mechanically a simple design. And the pump can be driven in many ways, such as using electricity or it's own independent motor.
spazsinbad wrote:A Falklands War FOB story:
Harrier Forward Operating Base – Falkland Islands April 22, 2012
http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2012/04/h ... Defence%29
"...The normal Sea Harrier sortie was 75 minutes long which included a 65 minute journey to and from the carriers, only 10 minutes effective mission time. The FOB allowed the Sea Harriers to complete their transit and refuel a number of times before flying back to the aircraft carriers.
For the GR3’s the FOB meant they could wait there for a tasking from a Forward Air Controller.
l was always a problem even though after MOGAS (motor gasoline) for the Rapier units, AVGAS for the FOB was a top priority. At its peak the FOB dispensed over 50,000 litres of fuel per and supported nearly 120 aircraft movements per day...."