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#1221 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 1419 PM

Indian NLCA landed in a carrier for the first time on the 11th. What is wrong with this picture?

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#1222 Daan

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 1435 PM

It looks quite rough. On landing the nosewheel is seen to touch the deck quite a bit later than the mainwheels of the landing gear, which resulted in the nose of the aircraft getting smacked down hard when the arrestor wire was pulled taut. Just prior to the touchdown the pilot seems to suddenly pull up a tad to correct his approach (sink rate too high), leading to the situation as described.

 

Compare to the much smoother landings of these F/A-18Cs:


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#1223 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 1457 PM

I wonder if it was just a bad approach, or it indicates that approaches require too much alpha?
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#1224 Daan

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 1507 PM

Given that the LEVCON control surfaces move around quite radically just prior to the touchdown, the Indian pilot is not flying on speed AOA using his throttle, but bringing the nose up by pulling on the stick resulting in too much AOA, as you judged correctly.

 

Compare with this French navy pilot janking the throttle back- and forwards (and using trim) to control pitch and his stick to control the roll rate. Look at the AOA indexer left of the HUD.


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#1225 Nobu

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 1603 PM

Indian NLCA landed in a carrier for the first time on the 11th. What is wrong with this picture?

 

The A-4 Skyhawk that landed in its place.


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