Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

F-100 "zero-length launch":

The program was played with by the Air Force, the Soviets and the Germans, but all abandoned the concept. The obvious reasons were that it would not be feasible to have a lot of pilots and fighters assigned to it without affecting the numbers available for regular tasks and, of course, they still needed a functioning runway to land at.


Frank Van Haste said...

Dear Miss Fit:

How's this for scary: the program as originally conceived called for the boosted takeoff and a zero-length landing on an inflatable mat! (We don' need no steenkin' runway.)

Sone details HERE.



Nangleator said...

I forget whether this was done before they had zero-zero ejection seats. The takeoff was never my favorite part of a flight. I can't imagine how this felt.

Comrade Misfit said...

Before, I think. The zero-zero ejection seats came along in the early `60s, if what I've read about M-B is to be believed.

Cujo359 said...

Love how the F-100 pilot does a roll after takeoff, as if to celebrate living through the launch.

I think the Swedes' idea of using designated stretches of highway as emergency runways made more sense.