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Awesome video shows what a fine piece of machinery the Air Force’s C-5 Galaxy’s landing gear system is

After publishing a series of posts about the C-5 Galaxy, readers have sent me a lot of interesting links to both articles and videos of the gigantic U.S. Air Force cargo plane.

The one in this post is an interesting footage filmed with a camera mounted on the aircraft’s main landing gear.

The enormous C-5 Galaxy features a really interesting and complex tricycle-type landing gear system. The main landing gear consists of four main units fitted in tandem pairs, each with a six-wheel bogie with two forward and four rear wheels. MLG’s units have an offset swiveling capability: the rear main landing gear is steerable for a 20 degrees left or right for crosswind landings, and it rotates 90 degrees horizontally before it is retracted after takeoff.

The entire landing gear consists of a total of 28 wheels.

Noteworthy, the landing gear can lower so the cargo floor is at truck-bed height to facilitate vehicle loading and unloading and it can also raise each set of wheels, for maintenance purposes.

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New details emerge about Air Force’s second F-22 Raptor crash of 2012

The U.S. Air Force has suffered its second F-22 Raptor crash of 2012 on Nov. 15, when a pilot had to eject from his jet near Tyndall Air Forcer Base Florida.

According to an unnamed Air Force official who talked with ABC News “The pilot is in good shape and has been speaking with investigators about the crash.”

The source went on to add “Initial indications are, from talking to the pilot and from analyzing initial evidence..[that] it doesn’t look like it was related to any physiological problems.”

So it would seem that the Air Force, that announce the crash on its website, was quick to distance the event from the ongoing oxygen supply problems that has dogged the jet in recent times. A full investigation will now take place to see what happened to the $150 million jet.

What is known at the time of writing is that the stealthy fighter jet, flying with the 43rd Fighter Squadron, experienced an unknown failure as the aircraft was returning to its homebase at the end of a routine training flight.

After making sure the plane would not hit any populated area the pilot ejected from the doomed Raptor, and was rescued a couple of minutes later, as the first firefighters arrived on scene.

EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team were detached to the take care of any explosive material and to look for composite fiber part which can create health concerns when burnt. For this reason, people in the surroundings were warned to stay inside while responders had to wear protective gear.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

Incidentally, the report was issued on the same day the Air Force released an accident report about another mishap involving a Raptor at Tyndall AFB. On May 31, a pilot in training (also belonging to the 43rd FS), performing a touch-and-go did not advance the throttle to “military power” (full dry thrust) and prematurely retracted the landing gear causing the radar-evading plane to skid along the ground for a total damage worth 35 million USD.

Hence a pilot error, caused by the lack of experience with the troubled fighter jet.

Restrictions were imposed to the F-22 following the concern of two pilots who talked on the CBS program “60 minutes” as they were uncomfortable flying the stealthy plane (but later ready to return to fly). Although the aircraft was deployed to Japan and the Persian Gulf, flight restriction on the Raptor (grounded for several months last year) still remain in place.

Written with David Cenciotti


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Scary C-5 Galaxy (almost hydroplaning) takeoff from a flooding runway

Hopefully, the U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy in this interesting video was eventually able to get airborne.

However, the amoung of extra drag caused by the rain on the runway and the risk of hydroplaning (and dirty water being injected in the engines) may have put the takeoff at risk.

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U-2 touch and go as seen from the most original point of view ever….

We have already seen several U-2 videos.

Among those showing the aircraft taking off or departing, this is the one filmed from the most original point of view: the left wheel of the plane’s chase car at Beale Air Force Base, California, home of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing.

Driven by highly trained pilot, chase vehicles act as ground-based wingmen for the U-2 pilots (and drone operators remotely piloting Global Hawk UAVs) talking them through runway operations.

Odd NOTAM unveils mysterious drone operations in the Las Vegas area

A NOTAM (Notice To Airmen) issued on the FAA website, provides some interesting information about UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) activity around the Sin City on Nov. 11.

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Information about drones activity (soon to be equipped with ADS-B systems to fly cooperatively and safely in the U.S. airspace), is disseminated by means of NOTAMs.

However, the one above is a bit odd, as suggested by Lazygranch:

“They usually fly the UAVs over the Nellis range. This NOTAM goes as far south as KVGT (North Las Vegas airport). It goes
far enough north to reach Creech.”

The area will be restricted up to FL220 (22,000 feet amsl) and the time window is Nov. 11 from 8AM 3PM Local Time. The activation hours cover the Aviation Nation airshow at Nellis Air Force Base that is outside the area reserved to the drone mission.

What does the NOTAM suggest?

It may suggest that an MQ-1 Predator will be launched from Creech Air Force Base, to perform an unknown mission in the outskirts of Las Vegas. Most probably a surveillance mission (along the Veterans Memorial highway?) during the open day at Nellis AFB.