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Rocket Assist Takeoff

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For those who don't know, Pobeda has slow planes.  WG gave 'em rocket assisted takeoff to help out a bit.  I grabbed this pic as I had planes taking off just as the game ended.

 

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All the RUCVs have that, I think.

 

I used to be a KC-130 maintainer back in the 1990s for the US Marines, we had them but under a different name, JATO / Jet Assisted Take Off.  During my time on Carriers in the early 2000s (F/A-18 Hornets) I didn't see any aircraft that required JATO bottles for use.

Not a US Marine KC-130 below, but it shows them being used.

Even for the USMC's KC-130s we rarely used them.  When I was stationed in MCAS El Toro, California (VMGR-352 Raiders), the only time our squadron used them was for the annual airshow the base held.

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4 hours ago, HazeGrayUnderway said:

All the RUCVs have that, I think.

 

I used to be a KC-130 maintainer back in the 1990s for the US Marines, we had them but under a different name, JATO / Jet Assisted Take Off.  During my time on Carriers in the early 2000s (F/A-18 Hornets) I didn't see any aircraft that required JATO bottles for use.

Not a US Marine KC-130 below, but it shows them being used.

Even for the USMC's KC-130s we rarely used them.  When I was stationed in MCAS El Toro, California (VMGR-352 Raiders), the only time our squadron used them was for the annual airshow the base held.

I'm pretty sure the only navy to seriously look at RATO or JATO for carrier use were the Japanese, and they figured out it was probably a bad idea for multiple reasons. I'm not sure they ever tested it.

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5 hours ago, HazeGrayUnderway said:

All the RUCVs have that, I think.

 

I used to be a KC-130 maintainer back in the 1990s for the US Marines, we had them but under a different name, JATO / Jet Assisted Take Off.  During my time on Carriers in the early 2000s (F/A-18 Hornets) I didn't see any aircraft that required JATO bottles for use.

Not a US Marine KC-130 below, but it shows them being used.

Even for the USMC's KC-130s we rarely used them.  When I was stationed in MCAS El Toro, California (VMGR-352 Raiders), the only time our squadron used them was for the annual airshow the base held.

I knew they were planning to be used in Operation Eagle Claw (there is a video of a C-130 with JATO thrust reversers crashing on a hard landing that was supposed to be used for this).

And of course, the US Blue Angel's 'Fat Albert', manned by Marines, routinely used them during airshows. Sadly, this has ended as the JATO supply has become non existent.

 

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I believe the Thunderbirds C130 (Fat Albert) still uses rocket assist for takeoff?

 

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35 minutes ago, ole_seabee said:

I believe the Thunderbirds C130 (Fat Albert) still uses rocket assist for takeoff?

 

Pretty sure it does - but its more for show than anything else.  Very cool to see though :) 

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