An F/A-18 Hornet viewed from the cargo ramp of a C-2 Greyhound [3008x1960]

Sure thing - With that sea that is endless a backdrop, It's amazing. I joined the fresh air Force because of this. Being a loadmaster on a cargo airplane. But my daddy talked me down as it does not transfer ...

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  • Sure thing - With that endless sea as a backdrop, It's amazing.
  • I joined the Air Force for this reason. Being a loadmaster on a cargo plane. But my father talked me down because it doesn't transfer into the real world
  • Dude, hold onto my beer, I'm gonna land in it.
  • Damn, it won't even fit in a Galaxy which has a 19' wide cargo bay. EDIT: Wrote "wingspan" instead of describing it as the width of the cargo bay.
  • Eh, just fold the wings up. It'll fit.
  • Mid air wing fold landing
  • hence the beer holding being necessary.
  • Hey if the F-8 (that monster) can fly with the wings folded I'm sure the F-18 will with enough speed.
  • Hmm, but can the C-2 fly that fast? If it just rams into the thing at a relative speed of 400nmph it's not going to be much of a landing.
  • Just the tip
  • Land in it, take controls of the C2, then land that.
  • What's the minimum safe cruising speed, if that's what it's called, for a hornet? Basically how slow can it safely go without having to worry about stalling? Just curious because obviously that greyhound isn't going too fast.
  • But this isn't a Navy Super Hornet. It's an F/A-18C as you can tell from then rounded air intakes.
  • Thanks. Do you know the actual number though? Just curious.
  • Googled around a bit, and it seems to be 130-ish knots. Keep in mind aircraft carriers sail into the wind so that gets added in, and there's a host of other variables (aircraft weight at landing, degree of flaps used, etc). For comparison, a 747 (with all that wing area) lands somewhere around the same speed. So it's pretty impressive a little plane optimized for supersonic flight can get that slow. Craziest of all was the Space Shuttle at 200-250 knots.
  • The Space Shuttle flew like a truck, by all accounts. It wasn't really optimized for atmospheric flight, not to mention the fact that it couldn't fly under its own power.
  • I'm surprised it never had a dumb ol' landing accident like so many other aircraft do. With landing speeds like that, you're just asking for a gear collapse or wheel brake/braking chute failure. But maybe they knew what they were doing when they built the thing. Well, most of the time.
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