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Old    "G" (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       10-29-2010, 8:20 AM Reply   
WOW,
A short video of a Launch and quick spin around the pattern (LOL) from a F-18.

P.S Look at the wings flexing as he lands back on the deck and his eye balls as the catch cable pulls tight when he lands.

To go on a ride would be one thing. To be able to go on a ride and be able to handle the G's would be another. To be able to do both and fly one under your own command would be out of this world!
It's almost worth the life you would give up as a normal human to be able to say you punch holes in the sky with a 30+ Million dollar toy your Job!

Much respect to these guys and the TEAM that makes this kind of thing possable. This plane would never get off the ground or return safe with out the huge support they have.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf54V...layer_embedded
Old    Andy Graham (ottog1979)      Join Date: Apr 2007       10-29-2010, 9:18 AM Reply   
Very cool, Grant. That reminds me of a clip I saw 5-6 years ago showing a reporter riding along in the same view. The pilot was doing barrel rolls and the reporter was blacking out from the G-forces then coming to all on camera. After landing, they guy was drenched-sweaty head-to-toe!

Ahhh... The power of search engines:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNDpjV43oVc
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       10-29-2010, 10:38 AM Reply   
Holy crap.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       10-29-2010, 11:51 AM Reply   
Give them Red Neck Nascar Boys credit though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNDpjV43oVc

Dale Jr. acted like he was on a carnival ride.
Old    C.I.E... AL Bischofbee (allen)      Join Date: Apr 2005       10-29-2010, 12:14 PM Reply   
"P.S Look at the wings flexing as he lands back on the deck"

Grant,
Those are the horizontal stabilizers . They move like that with the control stick. They do flex but not that much.
There are some really cool vids on the net. The f-18's are amazing up close, but the newer planes are just flat awe inspiring.
Old    Stanfield (stanfield)      Join Date: Mar 2004       10-29-2010, 12:54 PM Reply   
I'm pretty sure Grant is referring to the wing flex not only on landing, but in flight as well, not the stabilizers. They showed us this video on the first day of my first aerospace engineering class to give us a feel of just how much flex wings are designed to deal with, it's pretty crazy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA9Kato1CxA

My wife has been fortunate enough to get back seat rides in F-16's and even done a carrier take off and landing as a passenger in a transport. I tend to hate her for that lol.
Old    Paul Strahm (jps912)      Join Date: Jun 2007       10-29-2010, 1:49 PM Reply   
Thats pretty freaking sweet. One of those things you cant take your eyes off of.
Old    Akadirtbikingdad (wakeboardingdad)      Join Date: Aug 2008       10-29-2010, 6:56 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by seattle View Post
Give them Red Neck Nascar Boys credit though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNDpjV43oVc

Dale Jr. acted like he was on a carnival ride.
I think you meant to post this one instead:



I'm no Dale Jr fan, but he showed just what kind of shape he's in.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       10-29-2010, 9:54 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by wakeboardingdad View Post
I think you meant to post this one instead:



I'm no Dale Jr fan, but he showed just what kind of shape he's in.
Yup that's the one. Irony at play when I dis NASCAR and can't get the link up correctly
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       10-30-2010, 9:08 AM Reply   
Dale Jr's a bada$$. He spends 1/2 his life at 2 g's. I'm no nascar fan, but they're still great athletes (maybe just in a different sense from what most people are used to).

I'd love a ride. I'd probably puke instantly. Ha, ha, ha.

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