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#1 MiloMorai

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 1134 AM

USS Hancock 1955

 


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 2116 PM

Spot the cat.


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 1144 AM

The Gutless Cutlass

https://www.airspace...tlass-12023991/


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 0813 AM

Those Cutlass pilots had to be nervous wrecks.


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#5 DougRichards

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 0825 AM

like landing an Me-163 on a carrier


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#6 Brian Kennedy

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 1516 PM

I think one common point of failure was Westinghouse making crap engines? The Demon was a death trap as well, apparently.
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 1750 PM

Interesting that most, if not all, of those landings had the canopy open. Was it common to open the canopy in flight?

 

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#8 MiloMorai

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 1822 PM

On landing and take off yes, if a quick escape was required if something went wrong.


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 1928 PM

Ejection seats also werent effective at takeoff and landing speeds.
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 1947 PM

I think one common point of failure was Westinghouse making crap engines? The Demon was a death trap as well, apparently.

Yep, and the failure of the Gutless put Westinghouse out of the turbine business for good.


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 1947 PM

Ejection seats also werent effective at takeoff and landing speeds.

A quick google suggests that experimental zero zero ejection seats didn't achieve some success until 1958, three years after those video clips. 


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 1953 PM

Double tap. 


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 2044 PM

 

Ejection seats also werent effective at takeoff and landing speeds.

A quick google suggests that experimental zero zero ejection seats didn't achieve some success until 1958, three years after those video clips. 

 

Some of the 1st generation ejection seats used a 37mm cartridge to power the seat.  The earliest F-104s used a downward-ejecting seat since the models of the day couldn't clear the tail at high speeds.  Those crude seats meant a hellish death for the Cutlass pilot in the last clips...


Edited by shep854, 24 May 2018 - 2046 PM.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 2049 PM

'Sabre Dance'


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 2245 PM

That generation of USN tactical jets was one of the most frightfully dangerous group of airplanes ever built. And night/all-weather carrier ops from that era, with no FLOLS and straight decks, was even worse.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 2255 PM

The F3H-1 Demon was a good competitor to the F7U for the title of worse American military aircraft ever.


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#17 DougRichards

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 0427 AM

The F3H-1 Demon was a good competitor to the F7U for the title of worse American military aircraft ever.

 

The Brewster Buccaneer may be a contender for that title.

 

https://en.wikipedia..._SB2A_Buccaneer


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 0740 AM

When neat ideas outran the technology...


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#19 Brian Kennedy

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 1608 PM

I was trying to figure out how many types of Navy fighters were in service from like 1950-1970 and basically gave up because I'm not very good at math. It's insane how many were in service for like 5 years though.


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#20 MiloMorai

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 1647 PM

http://joebaugher.co...hters/f3_3.html

 

"The J71-powered Demon proved to be fairly popular with its crews."


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