The musings, rants, and dissertations of three retired military guys. Two Air Force, one Navy. The Old AF Sarge, Juvat, and Tuna.
Aggressor squadron there...
No music, just flying.That's the way The Deity At Hand intended it.Apropos o' nuthin'... I occasionally see 130s out o' Cannon orbiting around P-ville refueling behind KC-135s from Gawd-knows-where. Even that is an amazing sight.
I've seen 130s give gas, but never get gas. That would be a sight to see!
Well, thanks Sarge! Got my morning off to a good, if nostalgic, start. I do have a question for you or one of your readers. Does anyone know why the USAF went to a two wing tank config for the Eagle? When I was flying it (dodging Pterodactyls), we flew clean, centerline or three bag if we were going someplace, never two wing tanks.
I've wandered the web searching for an answer to that question. I now know more about external fuel tanks and CFTs than I would have thought possible.But still no answer as to the wing tanks versus the centerline. I seem to recall seeing somewhere that the centerline tank (empty or full) can handle higher g-loads than the wing tanks. But my head was starting to hurt at that point so I stopped reading. (Still wouldn't explain the use of just two wing tanks.)
Yeah, as I recall, the centerline G limits were the same as the aircraft's (9Gs), I seem to recall that the wing tanks were maybe 7. So my hypotenuse is that they've loaded them that way so the G warning will start to trigger in the 6-6.5 range and minimize the structural failures with the longitudinal braces that caused the fleet to be grounded a few years ago. Preserve the 9gs for when you really need them.
Best explanation I've heard so far. Makes sense.
Gorgeous pic! (as usual)
Just be polite... that's all I ask. (For Buck)