Favorite Modern Military Aircraft - Page 2




 
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Boots
 
May 21st, 2004  
Nero
 
Not to mention the tracks...

Eh, sorry for the -ness...
May 21st, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
AC-130U "Spooky" Gunship! 8)

A plane with a 105mm Artillery Gun!
+ 40mm Bofors and a 25mm Gatling.....
I've fired that same type of 105mm gun many times (on the ground..), it's a rebuilt/improved version of the M101 105mm towed artillery gun..
http://members.tripod.com/~a26invader/ac130u.htm

Nice!!
May 21st, 2004  
AlexKall
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redleg
AC-130U "Spooky" Gunship! 8)

A plane with a 105mm Artillery Gun!
+ 40mm Bofors and a 25mm Gatling.....
I've fired that same type of 105mm gun many times (on the ground..), it's a rebuilt/improved version of the M101 105mm towed artillery gun..
http://members.tripod.com/~a26invader/ac130u.htm

Nice!!
I should have guessed
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Boots
May 21st, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
Redleg, you would have really liked that B-25 Mitchel with the 75 mm cannon, and 8 - 50 cal machine guns...all facing forward. The first real gunships.

Michael Caiden wrote a good story about them called "Whip".
May 21st, 2004  
AFSteliga
 
 
This topic seems to be a wee bit broad. Maybe I'll do this.


1. Favorite Fighter
2. Fav. Interceptor
3. Fav. Cargo Plane
4. Fav. Bomber
5. Fav. Experimental A/C


1. CF-18 Hornet
2. See above
3. CC-130 Hercules
4. B-2 Spirit
5. X-35 JSF
May 22nd, 2004  
airmanpatroler
 
 
F-22 baby 8) and the su-37
May 22nd, 2004  
Marksman
 
 
Su-37 totaly
June 2nd, 2004  
Animal Mother
 
F-14D Tomcat, shame its being replaced by sutch a POS
June 10th, 2004  
bush musketeer
 
 

Topic: f-111


the f-111 my fav by a long way 8)
June 10th, 2004  
Sooners1
 
 
AV-8B Harrier II

Primary function: Attack and destroy surface targets under day and night visual conditions.
Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
Propulsion: One Rolls Royce F402-RR-408 turbofan engine
Thrust: F402-44-408: 23,400 pounds
Length: 46.3 feet (14.11 meters)
Wing span: 30.3 feet (9.24 meters)
Armament: MK-82 series 500lbs bombs, MK-83 series 1000lbs bombs, GBU-12 500lbs laser guided bombs, GBU-16 1000lbs laser guided bombs, AGM-65F IR Maverick missiles, AGM-65E Laser Maverick missiles, CBU-99 cluster munitions, AIM-9M sidewinders, Lightening II targeting POD to deliver GBU-12 and GBU-16 bombs with pinpoint accuracy.
Crew: 1
Introduction date: 12 January 1985, AV-8BII(Plus) introduced in June 1993
Unit Replacement Cost: $23,700,000

Mission: The mission of the VMA STOVL squadron is to attack and destroy surface and air targets, to escort helicopters, and to conduct other such air operations as may be directed. Specific tasks of the AV-8B HARRIER II include:
- Conduct close air support using conventional and specific weapons.
- Conduct deep air support, to include armed reconnaissance and air interdiction, using conventional and specific weapons.
- Conduct offensive and defensive antiair warfare. This includes combat air patrol, armed escort missions, and offensive missions against enemy ground-to-air defenses, all within the capabilities of the aircraft.
- Be able to operate and deliver ordnance at night and to operate under instrument flight conditions.
- Be able to deploy for extended operations employing aerial refueling.
- Be able to deploy to and operate from carriers and other suitable seagoing platforms, advanced bases, expeditionary airfields, and remote tactical landing sites.

Features: The AV-8B V/STOL strike aircraft was designed to replace the AV-8A and the A-4M light attack aircraft. The Marine Corps requirement for a V/STOL light attack force has been well documented since the late 1950's. Combining tactical mobility, responsiveness, reduced operating cost and basing flexibility, both afloat and ashore, V/STOL aircraft are particularly well-suited to the special combat and expeditionary requirements of the Marine Corps. The AV-8BII+ features the APG-65 Radar common to the F/A-18, as well as all previous systems and features common to the AV-8BII.

Inventory: 7 squadrons with 16 aircraft each and 1 training squadron.

Background: Operation Desert Storm in 1991 was highlighted by expeditionary air operations performed by the AV-8B. The Harrier II was the first Marine Corps tactical strike platform to arrive in theater, and subsequently operated from various basing postures. Three squadrons, totaling 60 aircraft, and one six-aircraft detachment operated ashore from an expeditionary airfield, while one squadron of 20 aircraft operated from a sea platform. During the ground war, AV-8Bs were based as close as 35 nautical miles (40.22 miles) from the Kuwait border, making them the most forward deployed tactical strike aircraft in theater. The AV-8B flew 3,380 sorties for a total of 4,083 flight hours while maintaining a mission capable rate in excess of 90%. Average turnaround time during the ground war surge rate flight operations was 23 minutes.


Semper Fi