Cold War Carrier aircraft Top Ten

Cold war, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm - up to and including for example the A-10, F-15, Mirage 200, MiG-29, and F-18.
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Unread post27 Sep 2022, 06:51

From Profile Publications dated 1982.
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Unread post27 Sep 2022, 07:16

Nice diecast:
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Unread post27 Sep 2022, 21:53

edpop wrote: What happens to the catapult cable after launch??????????

At beginning of the A4G era a 'STROP CATCHER' (some insist it be called a 'bridle catcher') was not installed so the 'catapult cable' as you have called it was thrown overboard during the catapult. When the MELBOURNE catapult was refurbished with parts from BONAVENTURE (scrapped) the catapult stroke was lengthened slightly when a STROP CATCHER was installed. This occurred when BOW of HMAS Melbourne was repaired after it collided with USS Frank E. Evans late 1969.

When centreline stores carried - especially the buddy air refuel tank - the catcher is not used due to the wire potentially impacting the end of the store thus damaging it. Also when the strop is 'at end of life' it will be used that one last time to also be thrown overboard. I don't have information on the intended number of uses for a good strop. Once a strop is determined to be unusable then it won't be used, so only good 'at end of life' strops are used that one last time.

USN aircraft carriers were retroactively fitted with these 'catchers' or built with them.

I'll post a link to a slow motion video of the strop catcher at work when it was being monitored by the BOFFINs after the first installation. The CAT TRACK of MELBOURNE was around a 100-105 foot stroke (depends on how it was measured).

SLOW MOTION Catapults A4Gs 886 & 889
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2UbG7aWrHc

A4G Skyhawk & S2E Tracker Slow Motion Deck Ops Tests aboard HMAS Melbourne in Early 1970s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvj4z1pbWSI

A4G Arrest HMAS Melbourne & Hook Runner Slow Motion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL5eMoBCniY

A4G Skyhawk: www.faaaa.asn.au/spazsinbad-a4g/ & youtube.com/channel/UCwqC_s6gcCVvG7NOge3qfAQ/videos
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Unread post28 Sep 2022, 22:39

'edpop' BTW thanks for the PROFILE A-4 pics. Yes that A4G diecast model looks to be very accurate. Where doyageddit? :mrgreen: HOWEVER.... the A4G did not carry BULLPUPs and the nose (mebbe angle of view?) looks to be TOO POINTY?

Meanwhile a more evocative pic of F-14 Tomcat NavAv than one could wish for.
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Unread post02 Oct 2022, 07:03

https://youtu.be/IuU6dP_Irh0
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Unread post02 Oct 2022, 11:17

The video 'edpop' references above shows the first Skyhawk to arrest and catapult from HMAS Melbourne. It was a demonstration by a USN pilot in an A-4B. The demo was so good that the RAN Fleet Air Arm eventually bought 20 A4Gs (actually 16 single seaters & four trainers) and this was a LONG TIME AGO. Me doppelganger appears at the end. :roll:
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