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    Vietnam Combat-SAR SH-3A

    just found this topic as it seems to answer most of my questions on USN CSAR SH-3s from Vietnam. I am currently reading "Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War" - probably the most sobering book on Air Combat & leadership that I have ever read. Particularly fascinating is the stories of some of the SH-3 SAR efforts (in support of the Oriskany) which has lead me to do some research into the SH-3s in USN use at the time. So may pass a genuine "thanks" to ALL the posts above and there are some great links. Clearly I am already looking to see what could potentially be done from the new Airfix (Westland!) Seakings (they supply a 5 bladed tail rotor, but what else I've Still to figure out). Having "grown up(!)" around RN Mk5/6 & Junglies most of my life, I was shocked to see that in Andyf117's gonavy.jp link there is a variant of the Seaking (RS-3(?)) that seems to have a cabin door on the port side as well? Is this right or a reversed negative published by the author? It seems that the USN SH-3s not only had their ASW gear ripped out, but extra doors & windows (& armour I guess??) added. I understand from my history why the USN kept CVS (ASW variants of Essex class CVs up on Yankee station) ready for a potential chinese sub threat, and it was these CVS embarked SH-3 sqns that supplied the crews & airframes for the CSAR. Can anyone point me in a direction where I might read more on the make up of these CVS embarked air wings? Thank you

    Bargain Harrier

    Dec 2018 update : DCS - Razbam clearly got their Harrier (AV-8B night Attack) sorted and was on offer at the Black Friday Sales at £29 ish. I took the plunge and wow......It's taken over a week to figure out how to hover, but the slow rolling landings etc are pretty straight forward. Some one has even made a MOD for HMS Hermes during the 1982 Falklands period (which I cannot get t work) but if you are serious about a Harrier, then goggle some of the videos on youtube to get some idea just how good 5 years since the 1st post n this topic has changed Flight Sims. I don't have photoshop(?) but I am seriously impressed with some of the "painting" skills that players have added to the DCS series. The weathering and markings that people are doing at home is as good (certainly better than my plastic efforts) as any on this website (again - just google the new Heatblur F-14 for DCS and just look at the painting on that.

    F-14D Super Tomcat Trumpeter 1:32

    great choice of plane, well built AND that weathering.....oh to even come close in my efforts....thanks for posting

    1/48 Kinetic F/A-18A - New tool announced!

    Will Flying Leatherneck Decals sell this sheet (or some of it) as a stand alone decal? (Love that new 1/32 F/A-18D sheet that's in the pipeline by the way - quality of your sheets is excellent. from a very satisfied customer

    Hasegawa newsletters 2019 - 01 & 02

    will we see the Eduard boxing to follow then, I wonder? Their excellent 1/48 A-4C and 1/72 A-1H have been missing for far too long and demanding far too much money on evilbay. great to welcome them back

    DCS World - the Tomcat is here!

    I only just got their F/A-18 and it's taken me a week to get good at landing on the carrier - and that's a plane with more modern fly-by-wire controls. So goodness knows how difficult the F-14 must be. I hear that they have even modelled the longitudinal "wobble" (excessive yawing) into this Sim model......... And that I can't find ANY YouTube vids yet of the armchair experts showing "how easy" it is to fly tells me hat she must be a real challenge

    Revell 1/72 F-22

    good looking build - I have to ask, is that one of the 18 confirmed destroyed F-22s left in the hangar at Tyndall when the Hurricane passed thru the other week?
  8. Stunningbuild, and yet another example of why I am going to have to eventually give in to the price and get one of these kits. Definitely the "D" as you have done I think and in addition to Stephens answer, VFA-31 also removed the refuelling door on their Super Hornets in 2008/9 (?) for their Persian Gulf deployment. Same reason I understand, the USAF KC-135 basket attachment on their refuelling hose, frequent smash, break door, ingest into engine = bad news

    Put up or shut up!!

    amazing finish - what did you use for the silver?

    V-22 as COD for the new QEII Carrier?

    The fact that the QE is on the move already makes her more protected than a fixed airfield ashore, probably. There are moves afoot (involving more of your taxpayers money!!) to fix the propulsion issues with Type 45. Not that our conventional CV has the speed potential of a CVN, but already the fuel consumption versus speed capability of a Type 45 impresses our colonial friends somewhat. As a nation that has only fought 2 wars in the last 400 years that were NOT part of a coalition (1776 & 1982) I think it is safe to say that in a serious shooting match we could rely on additional support from our allies. Stated RN doctrine is that QE will always deploy with Type 45.......engines permitting [and despite being able to land a Chinook on a type 45, to land on an Osprey would cause huge issues with the Osprey engine nacelles "jet efflux" burning the flight deck netting on the sides of the flight deck]

    V-22 as COD for the new QEII Carrier?

    CMV-22 versus C-2 Greyhound. USN Carrier operations (be the ship in a static location or on the move) is driven by Deck Cycles. Since the introduction of the Legacy Hornets 30+ years ago, that cycle was reduced to 90 minutes. So in a typical 18 hour flying day, with a CVN carrying 60ish fixed wing aircraft, the 1st launch of the day ("Event 1") will see up to 15 aircraft launched. Once event 1 is complete, theship can turn to any direction AND suddenly there is 25% more space on deck (& hangar) to re-shuffle the aircraft around so as to be ready for launching event 2, 90 minutes later. (Modellers, that decal you afix somewhere near the front of your USN jsts usually has "Evt & Wt" for Event & weight to allow the chalk or chinagraph details to be written on). Pilots typically man up for event 2 30+ minutes before launch to spot early any snags that can be easily fixed, because the "window" for launching is fixed and will NOT wait for anyone. Once Event 2 aircraft are all launched (or that last few to go are on the bow cats, Event 1 aircraft will begin to recover. Again once ALL is complete the CVN is free to manoeuvre. This goes on until the last recovery of the day, when the yellow shirts really earn their money in desperately struggling to find that last bit of space to get all 60 back on deck. (Remember that during the previous 18 hours, the ship has typically had only 75% of it's aircraft on deck). With the full 60 back on board it can quite literally take ALL 6 hours overnight to re-spot the jets ready for the next day Event 1. For tactical (& in the confines of, for e..g the Gulf) reasons, you'll see why the CV steering direct into wind cannot be maintained, so the skill in the whole team is in gettingthe launch & recoveries complete ASAP. Now throw in the C-2 greyhound. The C-2 detachments follow the CVN around the world, forward basing as appropriate. (I am guessing that tomorrows arrival of the TRUMAN here in Portsmouth will have the C-2s probably based in Mildenhall (?)). Clearly there is no room onboard for the C-2 overnight, so the Greyhound sorties out to RV with the boat at the fixed event times (e.g lands on at recovery with Event 2, launches with a subsequent event. With that 25% free space (relative term!!) the C-2 can park up in Hummer Hole or the 6 pack to unload/load stores & pax without being too much in the way. The fast jets typically land on @ 130 KIAS where as the E-2's & C-2s (I think) land on @ 118KIAS ? The slower speed makes them the last bird to recover in a cycle, but throw in a couple of missed passes and it just makes everyone's day a little harder. The Big WIN for the CMV-22 is that it is NOT fixed to the normal recovery & launch cycles as the carrier no longer needs to turn into wind to launch & recover. So notwithstanding the slower transit times (speed) issue, there is no longer a requirement to "wait" around the boat in a continuous left hand pattern, but when the Osprey arrives it can come straight in & land. Depending on length of stay on the boat, it may not even need to be marshalled into a tight spot, but could be unloaded and sent on it's way before next cycle begins finally, my 2 cents: When our new Defence Sec gets to fly out & visit QE to witness his new toys, I would bet £1000 that the RN will conveniently fly him out to the ship on an USMC Osprey -

    V-22 as COD for the new QEII Carrier?

    OPen source: QE CV with F-35 embarked = approx 75% Nimitz class in capability BUT with CV-22 acting as the COD. There WAS an offer on the table a couple of years back when the USMC & USN were about to order the next batch of 100+ V-22s for the UK to come in for 5 plus spares & training etc.....each airframe coming in LESS than the new CH-47 buy that the crabs have just made. But as was pointed out in a previous post, no money. From a "what if modelling" perspective, would any RN Ospreys be painted as COD machines or in more sinister greys? I suspect that later because of the CSAR role potential and that crowd at Hereford suddenly getting very interested in the potential capabilities..... To add to the AEW question, the V-22 (with it;s "square" profile cross section) cannot be pressurised (I think) so would severely limit it's altitude capability as an AEW platform. Finally, have you seen this picture (copyright Royal Navy - I suspect some WAFU Phot Branch sailor has just won himself photo of the year!!!) Night landing


    Yes There are some for the Japanese DF F-15s - usually very colourful for USAF - I have used the Astra Decals for the F-15C. There are some superscale F-15C ANG sheets out there as well. there are plenty of F-15E sheets out there on Ebay, covering ALL sqns over the last 25+ years best bet is to google "1/32 F-15 decals" or use ebay search engine
  14. CVN 75 due to anchor off Gosport Sat 6 Oct, sailing Wed 10 Oct. usually good viewing from Stokes Bay (Gosport) or Gosport Ferry running boat tours out. US CVNs usually drop the pick about 1/2 mile off Gilkicker point (Spit Head). For those that "know", I suspect the usual tours via HMNB Portsmouth are on offer (30 min boat trip + hangar & flight deck tour). Sems to be my lucky week, with a 2 seat spit operating out of Lee-On-Solent, a view of the final Sea King flyby and now just a small number of Hornets parked off the beach........


    Cathastail - great link - thank you I'd not seen the gun pod before - presume we are getting those for the UK F-35Bs as well Can someone confirm that at minute 3:38 the USN is employing a Hobbit to remove the wheel chocks?